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    MPBlue - (Control MP with your PocketPC)

    Scrappy - this could well become the most useful plugin - certainly what I have been waiting for. I would think that the best use for this type of plugin would be for browsing and selecting music / arranging playlists without having to be at the HTPC. Is this something you have in mind...
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    New Screenshots

    Dont worry I have not gone away, but just had a lot on my plate and being a beginner it takes me a while to make any real progress. Will try and post some more screen shots shortly to let everyone know I am progressing. Have been working on onscreen displays and the TV section of late.
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    Possible new HTPC

    By quiet we mean fanless. The less heat generated by the system the less fans needed (or at least the less work they have to do) and so less noise. If you are going to use parts which generate lots of heat you would be wise to invest in silent fans and big heatsinks. Having said all this it is...
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    Timeshifting in Media Portal and MCE2005

    bmorgan98 As far as I am aware this issue applies to all hardware cards (at least all the ones I have used). It is a combination of the encoding and buffering process causing the delay and no this is not timeshifting. Am not aware of anything you can do to reduce the delay.
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    Thats great news Reven, cant wait!
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    Hi Linds getting epg in NZ is a bit of a trial. Heres a link to the program I use. http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~john.a/csharp/xmltvnz.html Download it and paste it into the XMLTV folder within the mediportal folder. From there is really depends on whether you wish to schedule the...
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    Separate volume levels for different modules

    I believe this would be a valuable feature - why? As a rule dvds ripped to divx/xvid loose volume in the audio so when watching a movie you are forced to turn the volume up considerably. When finished if you forget to reduce the volume again and play an MP3 or start watching TV then you just...
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    New Screenshots

    Thanks for the info Frodo.. I was about to scrap this idea which is a shame as I think it makes the best use of the fimstrip view. I will put this xml to one side for now.
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    New Screenshots

    Minor Set Back Man, this stuff is hard (for a beginner anyway). I have now learned (the hard way) that the screenshot above of the videos in filmstrip mode with plot etc showing has problems when either a video or music track is playing in overlay - the information that is displayed always...
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    What's to Dislike in MCE 2005?

    Hi KidKiwi some NZ experience speaking.. I have tried almost evry commercial htpc software out there and I have made MP my home and one of the key reasons is the EPG you mention. I have got it working perfectly including all sky digital channels and have my pc changing the sky decoder...
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    Newbie Setup help

    Hi Rysan. The best way for us to help you would be if you could post what you have so far (what type of cpu, gpu, ram etc) and how you wish to connect it to your TV, stereo etc. Also what your video sources will be - eg DVB or analog, set top box etc.
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    Rec button

    What you need to do is find the packedtextures xmls in the skin directory and delete these. MP will then create new ones next time it is run and will show the new graphics. MP creates these packed texture files to help speed up the startup time.
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    New Screenshots

    More Screen Shots Just a quick update.... This exercise is becoming more of an experiment than just a skin. I have played around with the layout of the videos and brought some of the database info onto the screen. The catch at this stage is that I have had to restrict the view to filmstrip...
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    Scalable Thumnails?

    Thanks Mrs Mitchell for update - I hope this is fixed soon.
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    Luckdip Sorry I have no experience with the Winfast PVR2000 but from what I have read the Hauppage is slightly better. I would be inclined to get a PAL one if I were you - best to stick to the native format for NZ, any you never know when sky might be down due to the dreaded 'rain fade'...
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    Scalable Thumnails?

    I have been trying to alter the size of the thumnails which appear when in ICON or FILMSTRIP views. I am adjusting the settings in the reference.xml but not all of them work. As an example by altering the width and height in big thumbs everything works correctly but when trying to alter the...
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    New Screenshots

    What the people want the people get... With regard to thumbnail views I was wondering since a lot of people are having trouble with smaller fonts whether maybe it would also be of help to make these views bigger - eg make ICON view the same size as BIG ICON and make Big Icon even bigger...
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    New Screenshots

    Thanks for the comments - I will post a screen shot with the green removed for comparison. Question - Do you think it would be better if the round shortcuts were on a top bar menu which autohides and the current time and date in their place on the screen. When the menu appears it would be...
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    Will the SDK help me skin?

    Thanks Code Monkey - I already have this useful tool but I think I would be best to also get an undeerstanding of the code itself, so far I am teaching myself using the other skins but I cant help but feel I am missing bits.
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    New Screenshots

    Here is a screenshot of the skin I am working on. it takes into account the points being made in my other post about clarity and clean design with larger fonts. Let me know what you think and what could be improved....
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    New Skin - what do you want?

    mzemina Thats exactly what little R2 does - sorry my post was not very clear.
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    Will the SDK help me skin?

    There are several tags in the skin xmls which I have no idea what they do - eg <diffusecolor>. Where can I go to find out more about the tags and what their functions are. Is there info in the SDK? Maybe a good way to encourage more skin development would be for someone like Harley to...
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    luckydip I do know that sky is planning changes but I understood they were introducing new decoders with the ability to record inbuilt. Have not heard anything about HD. I am using a Hauppage PVR to record off sky. You can get various models in NZ but I would suggest PVR150 - particularly...
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    New Skin - what do you want?

    I cant imagine that an MCE clone would be too hard, especially for a first crack. I have started work on the initial icon sets which will provide shortcuts to the main feautures of MP - TV, Music, Video etc. These will be present on all screens to allow one touch navigation (possibly on top...
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    Autostart TV plugin

    How about the ability to autostart a playlist? Can the plugin do this already? This would probably work best if MP remained in the home screen and started the playlist with the musicoverlay screen appearing.
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    New Skin - what do you want?

    I am experimenting with several ideas for a new skin, but I thought I would seek some opinions from the community as to what they might like to see in a new skin. I am looking for suggestions on everything from themes / colors through to layout of the screens. As an example I am in the middle...
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    Assigning Actions to Toggle Buttons

    Hi Harley, Already tried that one and it does not seem to work. When I made the action button invisible it no longer seemed to work or else the toggle button did not change texture. I have for now settled on a simple pause button till I can try and come up with a better solution...
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    Assigning Actions to Toggle Buttons

    Hi Harley I have looked through your xmls but the only togglebuttons I can find are in the OSD for the TV and these buttons dont have any actions assigned. I have not found any where you have assigned an action - could you give me an example of an aml which does this? Thanks
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    Assigning Actions to Toggle Buttons

    Help I am developing a touch screen skin and I have included some media functions in the music overlay so when music is playing there are visible buttons to skip forward, back, pause and stop (and by default disappear when music is not playing - very sneaky sneaky). Everything is working...
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    Crikey!! Its like dole day in Whangerei - people turn up from everywhere! :D I had no idea there were this many kiwis using MP.
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    Noob Skinning question

    Thanks smirnoff - makes sense. I think what we need is a type of 'Skinning For Dummies'. Perhaps I will start a blog type post which other noobs wanting to apply 'the good old kiwi do it yourself' attitude can learn from my mistakes.
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    Configurable Power Off on Home Screen

    perhaps a better way to look at this would be if the power button on MP mimics the settings for the power button on the case. EG if the power button on the case is set to shutdown then MP follows suit. Likewise if the power button is set to trigger standby then again MP would also go to standby...
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    Hi Brocklander, EPG is always a bugga in NZ. At present I am using a program called xmltvnz. It creates an xml file for all channels (sky and free to air). It is not 100% as sometimes crashes when looking up sky data but the best I have found so far. The idea of this post was not only for...
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    Noob Skinning question

    What are the packed graphics for? How do I create/use/alter them in a skin. EG - If I wanted to replace the hover image for the TV in the home screen I tried placing a different image with the same name in the Media file but this does nothing. Do I also need to change the graphic in the...
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    Music Viz - selectable in preview

    Thanks for the advice you guys. I got it sorted and now by clicking/touching the music viz I can make it go full screen. Much more user friendly this way as for most people this is their first instinct on a touch screen when trying to make this happen. This also happens on video previews as...
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    Zxcvbnm (??) Hi, with the inclusion of you I think there are now 4 (yes 4!!) MP users in NZ. Where did you learn about how to get DVB on your PC - is there a website I can research. I am absolutely new to DVB and the TLP file you posted means jack to me. I need to start from the beginning on...
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    Calling all MP New Zealanders (Both of you!!)

    I would be interested to know who from the land of the long white cloud is using MP with a view to sharing resources and info for local setups. Eg I have made simple icons for all the TV and Radio stations in area (Auckland) if anybody would like copies. Things such as links to images for my...
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    Configurable Power Off on Home Screen

    Probably really simple (like me!), and there is possibley a way you can manually alter it in the skin but it would be really nice if you could assign the option of either 'shut down' or 'stand by' to the function of the power button on home page. I have reached the point where the pc is...
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    Music Viz - selectable in preview

    Thanks all for the input, I had started progressing along Mr Mitchells idea, but not had much time lately to tinker.
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    Skinning a list view?

    Thanks for the idea Mr Mitchell, Ill give it a whirl
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