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by Rob10 / September 18, 2005 12:37 AM PDT

Hi,
I will be ordering a new computer in the next month or so. It will be used for the usual mundane stuff like web/email, word processing, but also photo/video editing, and music playback. For now, the computer will not be in a place where it would be convenient to use as the hub of our TV/music center without the expensive Wireless Media Extender, which I don't know would work since the computer is at least 50 feet away and downstairs. I plan on using Photoshop Elements/Album for my photo editing and organizing. My main question is what is the benifit of MCE besides the TiVo style TV features? Are there any downsides to MCE? (I read here that, while 2005 is better than previous versions, the picture quality of recorded TV shows leaves something to be desired). Is it better than 3rd party programs like PSE or Music Match Jukebox at organizing/intigrating my photos, videos and music? I did do a search on MCE but didn't get quite the answer I was looking for.
Thanks

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No
by cnutter_the_2nd / September 18, 2005 12:56 AM PDT

MCE is just XP with a few additional programs tossed in. It wouldn't be any better or worse for the programs you want to run than XP Home or Pro.

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MCE xp
by glennlee / September 18, 2005 12:02 PM PDT
In reply to: No

The MCE edition of XP is marketed by Microsoft as an OEM os. The manufacturer of your computer system is responsible for insuring that the system interacts properly with your video card and TV turner and your dvd writer. They (not Microsoft) provide the after sale support. A properly designed system has the processor speed, HD capacity and speed, the RAM memory, and a properly matched video/tv tuner card and dvd player writer, video software to work together properly as a system. One improper deficiency in this system chain, and the system is a dog. So if you are interested in an MCE computer system, it pays to invest in a system backed by a good MCE manufacturer. I have seen many users who tried to add MCE onto an existing system crying about the incompatiblities they ran into. I have an HP MCE system that has performed very well.

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The programmes
by Themisive / September 22, 2005 7:02 AM PDT
In reply to: MCE xp

you want to run are what are called RAM intensive, so the normal RAM for XP is 512Mb, for the programmes you want you'll probably need between 1 - 1.5 Gb.

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I second that....
by kaman3 / September 28, 2005 2:31 PM PDT
In reply to: MCE xp

Get an HP MCE, which you can now get with AMD CPU (unlike DELL and the others) if you prefer.
I've had my HP M1195c PC for the better part of a year, and I love this thing- the guide function for the TV is awesome -very configurable- haven't missed an episode of my shows. Picture quality isn't like HD, but it looks just as good as my 36'' TV looked straight from cable.
The OS is very user friendly - w/ the remote I can view pictures, home vids, listen to music (iTunes is integrated to work with MCE) make CDs, load the iPod, etc...
I'll be getting another HP with MCE and an A64 CPU in Oct. and moving this one right next to my recliner in front of the TV.

btw - I use xp pro at work, and the only difference is that the domain functon is disabled on MCE.

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