What are the known abnormalities with My TV in Windows Media Center 2005?
TV Signal issues
- Some set-top boxes may not be recognized when you choose to set up the TV signal automatically.
- Automatic configuration of TV signal may not succeed in some countries. You may have to configure the TV signal manually.
- You cannot configure two heterogeneous tuners. Only homogeneous configurations are supported in Media Center 2005.
- You cannot configure two tuners with only one set-top box. Two set-top boxes are required in order to configure the TV signal on two TV tuners.
- Exhaustive auto-scanning is not provided for non-NTSC geographies. A list of "known" frequencies is used instead. As a result, those in the new countries may find that some channels are not picked up during the auto-scan process.
- When a future recording is scheduled on a Pay-Per-View channel, no "Pay-Per-View Channel" warning appears.
- When selecting a show from the Program Guide after it loses in conflict from the Program Guide, the Advanced Record option does not appear.
- Content in the pause buffer cannot be recorded.
- The Program Guide interprets time zone changes as clock changes and fails to record scheduled recordings.
- Remote Click-to-Record not allowed when submitted through a Guest account.
- Printing locally using a parallel port while recording a TV program may result in poor recording quality.
- Playing a game while a recording a program may cause audio and video disturbance.
- In long recordings, rewind may be slow. Also the slider bar may not appear.
- Changing system time interferes with recording.
- In some cases, attempts to schedule TV recording may fail right after you configure Media Center components using the Media Center Setup Wizard. Closing Media Center or restarting the computer fixes this issue.
- Sometimes you may see the error message "Recording could not be started for an unknown reason" when attempting to record a program from the Program Guide, even if you have a TV signal. In such a situation, close and then restart Media Center. If that does not address the issue, download the Program Guide again. If that also does not address the issue, try the following steps.
- Restart the computer.
- Delete the files in the %sysdrive%\documents and settings\all users\applications data\microsoft\ehome\EPG folders.
- Start Media Center
- Download the Program Guide.
- When two programs are scheduled for recording back-to-back, the first few seconds of the second program are not recorded.
- You cannot capture and preserve Dolby sound in Media Center recordings even if the digital cable that you subscribe to receives programs in Dolby 5.1 sound.
Program Guide issues
- No data is available for some ZIP codes.
- English (Canada) regional setting causes the day of week to not be displayed in the Program Guide.
- Personalize preset numbers and Edit Guide listing functions do not work if no guide data has been downloaded.
- Personalize preset numbers and Edit Guide listings may not work correctly for some users. Any problems resulting from this can by fixed by selecting the Restore Defaults button from the Personalize preset numbers and Edit Guide listings pages.
- A shared channel is displayed as "Shared" in the Program Guide only when both channels are enabled.
- Sometimes the Program Guide does not differentiate between first and second parts of a series. This is because the listing provider may not have differentiated between the two parts in the series.
- Time displayed on Teletext pages is not kept updated, particularly on pages with lots of subpages. This may result in time being minutes if not tens of minutes out of date.
- Some remote controls are not able to use the colored buttons in Teletext. You should check with your manufacturer about the availability of a remote that supports this functionality.
- Teletext may not work well on some set top boxes.
- Media Center does not have a digital cable tuning space configured; therefore, it does not accept digital cable feeds without the use of a cable box.
- Media Center does not support direct use of the digital video out from a digital cable box.
- Subtitles with some PAL tuner cards may result in the screen becoming 30% black.
- Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 has been defined to match the broadcasting standard of a given country. As a result, if you live near the border of a country, you will not be able to get TV stations from the foreign country if the foreign country uses a different standard.
- When using USB speakers/headphones, if the speakers/headphones are disconnected and reconnected while live TV is playing, the "Stopped" screen displays.
- On a Media Center computer that does not have any extenders, you may see the error message "Someone is watching this on another device". This may happen when you end the ehshell.exe process using Task Manager to close Media Center.
- TV cannot be viewed over a remote desktop connection.
Note: Information in this document was provided by Microsoft.