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    <p>I was VERY surprised to get a email the last two days from people asking about the progress of my buildout&hellip; so let me take a moment to toss out an update.&nbsp; Things have gone quite slow in the last 48 hours, and will for the next 48 hours as well as some final tasks wrapping up the <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/more_mcms/book">book</a> take the highest priority.&nbsp; So, here are a few tidbits:</p>
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    <li>Everything is built, case is closed,&nbsp;and software&nbsp;installed.&nbsp; I can successfully listen to music, watch digital picture slideshows, burn CD&rsquo;s of pictures, watch home movies I transferred from our Sony Handicam to my PC, and watch DVDs.</li>
    <li>Watching live TV or recorded TV is an issue.&nbsp; I can see the picture &amp; get sound, but the audio is garbled and the video seems to drag&hellip; the same way if the box didn&rsquo;t have enough power.&nbsp; However, a dual core P4 2.8 Ghz and 1GB of DDR2 is most certainly enough power based on what I&rsquo;ve read from other people&rsquo;s boxes. I&rsquo;m certain it&rsquo;s a driver issue&hellip; either with the video card, tuner, or decoding software.&nbsp; The Hauppage 150MCE tuner has the latest drivers, I thought the video card did as well (but I think I noticed more updated CATALYST drivers later today), and I know the DVD decoder software isn&rsquo;t completely up to date (NVIDIA decoder).&nbsp; This is the biggest issue I&rsquo;m working on&hellip; goig to try to tweak it myself before I revert to the newsgroups.&nbsp; Going to update the drivers and try a different decoder as well.</li>
    <li>I bought the <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/" target="_blank">MSFT</a> Media Center keyboard from Best Buy, but after a week I returned it.&nbsp; The mouse is unuseable (you&rsquo;ll spend more time trying to get it where you want it than you will if you just TAB or SHIFT-TAB through the interface) and it seemed to miss ever other key I typed when I popped MS Word up.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s got to work, and frankly, this one doesn&rsquo;t.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve already <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/4864-3134_7-31485239.html?messageSiteID=7&amp;messageID=1400259&amp;tag=uolst&amp;cval=1400259&amp;ctype=msgid">left a comment on CNET (my first user review)</a>, and was quite surprised to read&nbsp;<a href="http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/ms_remote_keyboard.asp">Paul&rsquo;s glowing review</a>.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m now in search of Bluetooth keyboard with integrated mouse (trackball/touchpad?)&hellip; but nothing urgent.</li>
    <li>I think this has something to do with the TV issue mentioned above, but the performance of the box is surprising.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve noticed the menues drag a bit and not be nearly as smooth as I&rsquo;d expect for a dual core P4 2.8Ghz with 1GB DDR2.&nbsp; Not sweating it until I get the TV working though because the issues only kick in when I switch to live/recorded TV and then switch back to pictures/movies/etc.</li>
    <li>I was SHOCKED to see how well the IR blaster worked with my DirecTV receiver.&nbsp; I&rsquo;d prefer a serial connection straight to the box, but this will do just fine&hellip; it&rsquo;s quite fast!</li>
    <li>The VFD drivers included with the box don&rsquo;t work well with MCE&hellip; I hit the same issue another user hit in the newsgroups: crashes.&nbsp; After uninstalling them, MCE worked again.&nbsp; I just need to find VFD software that will control the screen on the front I paid for!</li></ul>
    <p>All in all, it&rsquo;s been quite painless.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m very impressed with the OS&hellip; it&rsquo;s MUCH easier and friendly to use than <a title="TiVo" href="http://www.tivo.com">TiVo</a>.&nbsp; I love how you can navigate around the interface while you&rsquo;re still watching TV (PNP-like)&hellip; no more having to leave my TV to set a recording or check the weather!</p>
    <p>So, for now the MCE is still in my office and yet to make it to the living room.&nbsp; But I love it, and dealing with exactly the issues I expected to hit when I started this adventure.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll post pictures, maybe a short video, and updates later.</p>
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