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hans jacobsen (12-11-04, 11:57 PM)
I haven’t ever used a mce before but am looking at selling mce with some
added products.
The biggest issue is that it seams as if you can buy 1, 5 - 2 regular pc
with the same components as one mce.
Are the producers charging that much because it’s a hype?
Does any one know of a reasonable mce system?
Dana Cline - MVP (12-14-04, 08:12 PM)
OEMs are charging so much because MCE support rests in their hands. It's a
bit picky...an OEM can ship a perfectly working MCE box out the door, and
the user then installs (pick your software) and it stops working. Even
innoculous things such as Nero or a movie editor can cause MCE to quit
working. Then it takes the OEMs an hour or 5 of support time to find the
offending program and get it all running again.

Dana Cline - MVP

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hans jacobsen (12-14-04, 10:15 PM)
Why's that is isn't XP media center and professional build around the same
source?
If media center is so unstable wouldn't it be better just to use
professional and ad new functions to media player?
Why are there so few OEM partners and it seams as if they are mostly located
in the US and not in Europe.
Shouldn't media center be something that could be bought of the self since
one can build a professional workstation does provide most of the same
functions?

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Dana Cline - MVP (12-15-04, 04:07 PM)
Hans, replies below...

"hans jacobsen" <hansjacobsen> wrote in message
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> Why's that is isn't XP media center and professional build around the same
> source?


It's the Media Center application itself, not the XP base, that's the
problem.

> If media center is so unstable wouldn't it be better just to use
> professional and ad new functions to media player?


I wouldn't use the word "unstable", just "picky". When it's working, it
generally works very well. But to get it working, you have to have the right
hardware, the right drivers, the right decoders, etc. My system is very
stable, but I took pains to have the right hardware, the right drivers, and
the right decoder.

> Why are there so few OEM partners and it seams as if they are mostly located
> in the US and not in Europe.


No idea - but I think with MCE 2005 you'll find a lot more smaller shops
building them.

> Shouldn't media center be something that could be bought of the self since
> one can build a professional workstation does provide most of the same
> functions?


Maybe the next version will be more like an off-the-shelf application rather
than a separate OS. Hard to tell as MSFT doesn't give much feedback about
MCE's future. It might be built into Longhorn, might be an add-on, might be
a separate Longhorn split.

Dana Cline - MVP (this is my opinion, and I don't work for Microsoft)
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