The system I'm using to test Vista is a 2+ year old HP Pavilion MCE m480n...
and as always I hold back on putting money into upgrades of test machines...
Each build seems to be straining my system a bit more than the previous... I
upped the RAM from 512 to 1 GB when testing the 5365 build...
For 5381 I decided (maybe a mistake) to treat it to some more free disc
space, and opted to reformat the hard drive as part of the install.... the
install went fine but the neat 'translucent glass effect' that I saw since
my fist build wasn't there anymore. And I got error messages about not being
able to install the drivers for the Multimedia Controller and the Multimedia
Video Controller. And Media Center says I don't have a TV Tuner... maybe
some corner of the hard drive with the previous installs or XP folders had
been the source of the needed software or drivers.
I ended up going back to the 5365 build to see if it would fix my broken
glass. I did another clean install with a reformat.... and yes, the glass is
back.... but not the Multimedia Controller, the Multimedia Video
Controller, and the TV Tuner.
Vista keeps reporting it finding new hardware.. the 'Multimedia Controller'
and 'Multimedia Video Controller'... They are listed under Other Devices in
the Device Manager, but I don't know what it means. Is it the multimedia
keyboard (which continues to function OK as a regular keyboard)?.. and the
Media Center remote control which interfaces with the infrared device
plugged into a USB port (which isn't functioning)? I downloaded the latest
multimedia keyboard/mouse and TV Tuner drivers from HP (for XP and Windows
2000) but no luck. And no luck letting Vista find and install the
Any pointers are appreciated. I can use Movie Maker, DVD Maker, Windows
Media Player, and enjoy my glass... but I want to pull things together a bit
more in build 5365 before trying again at 5381 or higher.
Movie Maker 2 and Photo Story 3 website - http://www.papajohn.org