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Baby Lee
02-10-2005, 05:04 PM
I have a copy of Windows Media Center Edition 2005, but it only installs from a windows environment. It's not an upgrade, as it lets me install the system fresh on my slave drive OR upgrade on the master drive. Problem is, I'd like to install on my primary drive when it's clean, as Win XP is fugging up my combo of All-in-Wonder 9800Pro and HDTV Wonder with outdated drivers before MCE 2005 gets in there and sets it up [ostensibly correctly]. Is there any way to create a bootable CD that I can use first, then run the Setup from the MCE installation disc, leaving the HD clean until MCE is introduced?

Saulbadguy
02-10-2005, 06:57 PM
:shrug:

nmt1
02-11-2005, 12:38 PM
Here's a couple of listings I found when I googled Bartpe. We use a customized disk here at work that works like a charm.

Bartpe (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/)
Windowspe article (http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/12/07/Bart_PE.html)

nmt1
02-11-2005, 12:44 PM
This is a nice disk to have too.

Ultimate Boot Disk (http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/)

KC Jones
02-11-2005, 03:31 PM
dunno.

I'd go with Linux and MythTV if I were building a PVR though.

oh and here's a helpful site for everything related to PVR building:
http://www.byopvr.com/

Baby Lee
02-11-2005, 05:10 PM
dunno.

I'd go with Linux and MythTV if I were building a PVR though.

oh and here's a helpful site for everything related to PVR building:
http://www.byopvr.com/
If I had the funds to build a dedicated PC, maybe. But I still need a multipurpose computer, and am still attached to my Office, Outlook, DVD X-copy, Nero Suite Ultra, Photoshop, Money, etc.

Baby Lee
02-11-2005, 05:11 PM
Here's a couple of listings I found when I googled Bartpe. We use a customized disk here at work that works like a charm.

Bartpe (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/)
Windowspe article (http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/12/07/Bart_PE.html)
So if I follow the instructions on that site, I'll end up with a CD that I can boot up on, eject, and install MCE2005 in an installer pane?
Does it support autorun?
Just wanting to know what to expect.

KC Jones
02-12-2005, 06:28 AM
If I had the funds to build a dedicated PC, maybe. But I still need a multipurpose computer, and am still attached to my Office, Outlook, DVD X-copy, Nero Suite Ultra, Photoshop, Money, etc.

If your PC isn't a very very silent machine, I'm not sure you're going to enjoy having it next to your TV and running while watching a movie. I suppose you already purchased MCE so you're just going to have to find away around these driver issues. Another alternative would have been buying a cheap Tivo and using JavaHMO (http://javahmo.sourceforge.net) to connect to it and integrate the Tivo functionality with your PC.

Baby Lee
02-12-2005, 07:22 AM
If your PC isn't a very very silent machine, I'm not sure you're going to enjoy having it next to your TV and running while watching a movie. I suppose you already purchased MCE so you're just going to have to find away around these driver issues. Another alternative would have been buying a cheap Tivo and using JavaHMO (http://javahmo.sourceforge.net) to connect to it and integrate the Tivo functionality with your PC.
Jeezus fugging Chrisse!!! Color me scolded. I apologize, Mr. Jones, for ALL my my poor consumer choices. Let me know what I can do to get back into your good graces.

Brock
02-12-2005, 08:30 AM
Dude, it looks to me like he was just being helpful. :spock:

Baby Lee
02-12-2005, 08:35 AM
Dude, it looks to me like he was just being helpful. :spock:
If you come on here asking for help fixing the carb in your old Ford Mustang, is it helpful to get advised that "you're not gonna like that Mustang, even when you get it running. You should've bought a Chevy with fuel injection. But you're just gonna have to get that carb fixed. You also could've bought a Prius."
I mean, I thought I was fairly cordial the first time around, when I pointed out that it was a multipurpose machine and I just wanted info on a bootable winCD, not a sales pitch for a dedicated PVR PC.

ENDelt260
02-12-2005, 10:29 AM
It seems the technical assistance BL is most in need of at the moment is in the area of fashioning a bong from household items. I think someone is very much in need of smoking a bowl and relaxing a bit.

Dartgod
02-12-2005, 10:34 AM
It seems the technical assistance BL is most in need of at the moment is in the area of fashioning a bong from household items. I think someone is very much in need of smoking a bowl and relaxing a bit.
Ok, first get a used toilet paper or paper towel tube and some aluminum foil. Take the paper tube and cut a small hole.....oops, you said bong, not a power hitter. Nevermind...

HC_Chief
02-12-2005, 11:13 AM
In a pinch, a run-of-the-mill soda can can be used to make a decent single-hitter.

Push a small indention into the can near the bottom, opposit the tab-side. Using a knife, poke a couple of small holes into the aluminum in the indention. Fill, light, draw from tab opening. Viola... you're... umm... hungry... need... eyedrops... errr, what was I talking about?

Baby Lee
02-12-2005, 02:22 PM
Here's a couple of listings I found when I googled Bartpe. We use a customized disk here at work that works like a charm.

Bartpe (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/)
Windowspe article (http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/12/07/Bart_PE.html)
Just what I needed, thanks.

ENDelt260
02-12-2005, 02:33 PM
In a pinch, a run-of-the-mill soda can can be used to make a decent single-hitter.

Smokin' off a can. Now that's desperation.

Been there a couple times.

KC Jones
02-12-2005, 05:32 PM
If you're gonna whine like a little bitch when you don't like the advice you get on an internet forum, stop asking for advice on internet forums.

Baby Lee
02-12-2005, 06:09 PM
If you're gonna whine like a little bitch when you don't like the advice you get on an internet forum, stop asking for advice on internet forums.
GFY.

You weren't giving advice. Were soapboxing for something irrelevant to the topic, which I wasn't interested in. And when I told you politely that the reasons I wasn't interested, you pulled continued to soapbox.

It's about as stupid as someone asking for info about the Chiefs' history, and you 'informing' him that the arena football league was in full swing, and was a better sport anyways, and he ought to watch that instead. Who the f*ck cares about your opinion on arena football?

I've not had problems with you in the past, and am dismayed that this petty shit has gotten this protracted. But I guess I never wandered near your Linux DVR soapbox before.

I've thanked the person who actually had a constructive post.

KC Jones
02-12-2005, 08:11 PM
GFY.

You weren't giving advice. Were soapboxing for something irrelevant to the topic, which I wasn't interested in. And when I told you politely that the reasons I wasn't interested, you pulled continued to soapbox.

It's about as stupid as someone asking for info about the Chiefs' history, and you 'informing' him that the arena football league was in full swing, and was a better sport anyways, and he ought to watch that instead. Who the f*ck cares about your opinion on arena football?

I've not had problems with you in the past, and am dismayed that this petty shit has gotten this protracted. But I guess I never wandered near your Linux DVR soapbox before.

I've thanked the person who actually had a constructive post.

You're cute when you're angry. You should PMS more often.

Phobia
02-12-2005, 11:36 PM
I don't have a horse in this race, but I thought the info KC Jones volunteered was relevent. Maybe not to you, BL - but to other bystanders interested in DVRs. I know my opinion wasn't solicited, but I also feel like BL flew off the handle on this one. Heh.

BL, you've had a shitload of computer related stress lately. Is it possible that contributed to the sandy vagina response here?

Bowser
02-13-2005, 10:27 AM
ROMPER ROOM, BITCHES!!

Baby Lee
02-13-2005, 02:10 PM
I don't have a horse in this race, but I thought the info KC Jones volunteered was relevent. Maybe not to you, BL - but to other bystanders interested in DVRs. I know my opinion wasn't solicited, but I also feel like BL flew off the handle on this one. Heh.

BL, you've had a shitload of computer related stress lately. Is it possible that contributed to the sandy vagina response here?
FTR, this shit escalated from KC's tone as much as mine.
If you'll look, the exchange escalated as follows.

BL - I need advice on x.
KC - you shouldn't even try to do that. you need an entirely different approach, where you buy a whole bunch of stuff you don't have and throw away a bunch of other stuff you do have. Then build another computer.
BL - you see that doesn't work for me, because I need x and x and x.
KC - you're an idiot, but oh well. lie there in your own shit.
BL - consider me scolded.
KC - you're a whiny bitch.
BL - GFY

Notice I didn't start off with the GFY.

Meanwhile, nmt gave me exactly the advice I needed and I thanked him for it. And right now, I'm watching HDTV, recording SDTV, surfing the net, and typing a document in Word.

Boozer
02-13-2005, 02:46 PM
And right now, I'm watching HDTV, recording SDTV, surfing the net, and typing a document in Word.

And it even makes Julian fries!

Baby Lee
02-13-2005, 02:50 PM
And it even makes Julian fries!
Hey Jude!!

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=julienne

;)

Boozer
02-13-2005, 09:01 PM
Hey Jude!!

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=julienne

;)

Touche.

morphius
02-14-2005, 07:02 AM
So I guess I shouldn't say anything about the fact you should have bought an Apple?

I haven't ever tried to what you are doing, so I wish you luck. I remember having a similar issue with getting XP installed, but my issue was that my DVD Burner a wasn't bootable, but switching to an older CD drive that was allowed me to install it. It was odd and painful.

nmt1
02-14-2005, 08:47 AM
Just what I needed, thanks.

Glad it was helpful. As I said before, we use it at work when someone's hard drive takes a dump. I've not tried running installs through it though. I know it supports USB which is helpful when saving data from a dying drive.
I haven't had occasion to try it out at home where I'd probably be doing more of the kind of thing you're doing.

htismaqe
02-16-2005, 02:36 PM
FTR, this shit escalated from KC's tone as much as mine.
If you'll look, the exchange escalated as follows.

BL - I need advice on x.
KC - you shouldn't even try to do that. you need an entirely different approach, where you buy a whole bunch of stuff you don't have and throw away a bunch of other stuff you do have. Then build another computer.
BL - you see that doesn't work for me, because I need x and x and x.
KC - you're an idiot, but oh well. lie there in your own shit.
BL - consider me scolded.
KC - you're a whiny bitch.
BL - GFY

Notice I didn't start off with the GFY.

Meanwhile, nmt gave me exactly the advice I needed and I thanked him for it. And right now, I'm watching HDTV, recording SDTV, surfing the net, and typing a document in Word.

Get used to it - this is a tech forum.

This is the 21st century. Computers now occupy the same position that muscle cars held with men in 1978.

If you think this is bad, try posting a question about Internet Explorer. You'll get nothing but responses about how you're stupid and should be using Firefox...

HC_Chief
02-16-2005, 03:26 PM
Get used to it - this is a tech forum.

This is the 21st century. Computers now occupy the same position that muscle cars held with men in 1978.

If you think this is bad, try posting a question about Internet Explorer. You'll get nothing but responses about how you're stupid and should be using Firefox...

Heh, those crack me up. You can immediately tell the technon00bs from those posts as they're the ones who prattle on & on about how IE sucks, but they have no clue as to why... and why "Firefox is bettur"

htismaqe
02-16-2005, 03:37 PM
Heh, those crack me up. You can immediately tell the technon00bs from those posts as they're the ones who prattle on & on about how IE sucks, but they have no clue as to why... and why "Firefox is bettur"

I know alot of people really like Firefox.

I just don't see the use. IE is built-in to WinXP. I don't have to install anything.

I don't surf porn and warez sites, so I'm not that worried about malicious code.

All I do is surf the Planet and occassionally check the weather or news. If it works, I ain't gonna **** with it.

KC Jones
02-20-2005, 10:37 PM
FTR, this shit escalated from KC's tone as much as mine.
If you'll look, the exchange escalated as follows.

BL - I need advice on x.
KC - you shouldn't even try to do that. you need an entirely different approach, where you buy a whole bunch of stuff you don't have and throw away a bunch of other stuff you do have. Then build another computer.
BL - you see that doesn't work for me, because I need x and x and x.
KC - you're an idiot, but oh well. lie there in your own shit.
BL - consider me scolded.
KC - you're a whiny bitch.
BL - GFY

Notice I didn't start off with the GFY.

Meanwhile, nmt gave me exactly the advice I needed and I thanked him for it. And right now, I'm watching HDTV, recording SDTV, surfing the net, and typing a document in Word.

I went back and read my posts. Their nothing like what you're saying above. The build your own DVR link I posted has a lot of great information about created a DVR including using windows MCE. I'm sorry that you were feeling so sensitive about the issue. I didn't realize you were going to break down into a PMS outburst. In the future I'll be doubly careful not to post anything that might upset your delicate sense of self-worth. For the record this is a public forum, and it's not only acceptible to post something related but not exactly what the topic creator had in mind, but also acceptible to post something totally off topic. I suggest you grow a sack.

Baby Lee
02-21-2005, 08:08 AM
I went back and read my posts. Their nothing like what you're saying above. The build your own DVR link I posted has a lot of great information about created a DVR including using windows MCE. I'm sorry that you were feeling so sensitive about the issue. I didn't realize you were going to break down into a PMS outburst. In the future I'll be doubly careful not to post anything that might upset your delicate sense of self-worth. For the record this is a public forum, and it's not only acceptible to post something related but not exactly what the topic creator had in mind, but also acceptible to post something totally off topic. I suggest you grow a sack.
Let it go
Have a wine cooler
Wash your gyne
Move on.