I am struggling to connect my XBox 360, as a Media Center Extender, to
my HP Pavilion TX1410US laptop (which is running Vista Home Premium).
I had a Windows XP Media Center computer hooked up over my existing
home network and it worked fine. I deleted that connection through the
first computer and disconnected it through the 360 as well. I was able
to obtain a new setup key through the 360 and enter it into Media
Center on the Vista computer.
On the 360 side, I am able to get an all black screen that says
"Windows Media Center contacting..." in the center of my TV (through
the 360), but it always ends with a "Connection Terminated" or "Media
Center Extender Error." On the Vista side, I am able to go through all
of the steps of setting up an Extender, but it always fails to connect
at the last step.
I know that the two can see each other, as I am able to stream music
from the Vista computer to the 360... I just cannot make the Media
I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting this using online forums and
Microsoft instructional pages. I installed Vista SP1 about halfway
through and achieved the same results as before. I have checked every driver
I can think of for updates but nothing has helped. I have made
a direct connection from the Vista computer to the 360 and experienced
the exact same problem (theoretically ruling out a problem with my
router or home network). I have checked to ensure that the Media
Center is allowed through the Windows firewall, and it is. Just to be
sure, I've also tried disabling the firewall entirely with the same
results. I have made sure that the extender service is running on my
Vista computer and have restarted it to be certain. I have checked
error logging and found nothing. I have restarted both the Vista
computer and the 360 numerous times along the way. I have also broken
the Extender connection several times and tried again with a new setup
key from the 360...
I am completely out of ideas. It seems to me that something on the
Vista computer is not working properly or is configured wrong. Anyone
have any ideas what it could be or how to fix it???
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