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No more Live TV with MCE2004

by TFLeonard / March 4, 2005 12:38 AM PST

I have a Gateway 901x Media Center PC, that doesn't seem to want to display Live TV. Instead it says that there is no more room on my hard disk, and I need to free up space or switch to another drive.

There is plenty of space on my 250gb hard disk, and just in case I temporarily hooked up an external drive and had MCE set to use it, to no avail.

Oddly enough programming that is set to be regularly recorded by MCE, records fine, and I can do everything else live view recordings, play music, look at the guide etc. without problems.

I'm not a novice at diagnosing PC problems so I'll let you know what conclusions I've drawn:

I suspect that the scratch files Media Center uses when LiveTV is being recorded are corrupt. In case you don't know, MCE uses scratch files to record LiveTV in case you want to pause live TV etc. Therefore everytime I go to Live TV, MCE sets up to start recording and runs into the corrupt file(s) and mysteriously concludes that it has no more hard disk space.

I would really hate to have to reinstall the OS since all my settings and programs would have to be re-installed so that's why I'm hoping someone might have some technical knowledge about what internal files MCE uses, and perhaps I can erase or reset something to clear-up my problem. Thanks for any help.

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Re: No more Live TV with MCE2004
by Cetin Denislam / March 4, 2005 2:33 AM PST

You won't find here regulars using MCE. As you might know, those are proprietary and tied to specific countries. Usually, only the manufacturer provides the end user's support (not even MS).

This being said, goto the following An Introduction to Media Center 2004 and information for the United Kingdom page. I see there on the left side a link to a utility named : "Media Center Configuration Reset v1.02". Also, I see that you can contact the author.

Other than that, besides contacting the manufacturer, you can find info in the public newsgroup related to MCE.

Good Luck,


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by glennlee / March 4, 2005 8:52 AM PST

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