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      WGS Forums Will Close on January 31st 2017   01/18/17

      Hi everyone, We're coming up to We Got Served's ten year anniversary and I've been taking a good look at the site to work through some plans for the future. I wanted to give you all a couple of weeks notice that I'll be closing WGS Forums at the end of this month.  As you'll be aware, the forums were opened to support Windows Home Server users and have done so brilliantly, thanks to everyone's participation. However, with each day that passes, there are fewer and fewer WHS deployments out there, meaning that forum registrations and traffic has now dwindled. I've tried a few times over the years to test some forums on related or adjacent topics, however, they simply haven't caught on. It's clear that these were always going to be predominately Windows Home Server forums and, with the passing of that platform, they've served their purpose well. So, please take some time to archive anything you need over the next two weeks. Access to the forums will end on Jan 31st 2017. Many, many thanks once again for your participation and support here. It's been a great community! Very best wishes Terry


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  1. You mean to test out the network throughput? The VM is installed in an SSD drive, and is dedicated to Windows 7. What is odd is that it only does it for recorded TV. Live TV is fine, which IIRC there is a buffer that MC is creating to be able to rewind or pause. If it is the HDD though, how would I figure that out, and what can I do that is faster than SSD?
  2. Well - I tried updating the network card settings and it did not help. I was thinking about getting another NIC and bridging the cards to double the bandwidth. Do you think that would help?
  3. I will give the "offload" and "checksum" change a try. Thanks! And I do have 3D enabled, but the drivers are tricky. I cannot get any driver to install other than the "VirtualBox Graphic Adapter" so my rating is dismal (1.0). Does that make any difference? I am not trying to watch any media on the local PC. It sits in the basement under the steps. I am only hosting the Media Center through the extenders.
  4. Good discussion, and glad to see that it is fairly current. I am having a problem with a similar setup. I recently ditched my HTPC and decided to virtualize W7 Media Center within WHS 2011. I upgraded the processor and Ram to an AMD Phenom 6 core and 12 GB of Ram (Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard). I installed Windows 7 under Oracle VirtualBox on a separate SSD drive installed in the server, and have a OTA HD HomeRun hooked up for TV. Almost everything works perfectly, and the one thing that does not is driving me crazy. OTA TV streams perfectly to my extenders (Xbox 360's), but if I play back the exact same show as recorded TV it hangs every few seconds. I watched the resource monitor and there is no spike in CPU, memory or network load when the hang happens. It happens on all of my extenders. I have not yet tried watching on the Virtual OS, but the way Oracle builds the drivers for the hardware is weird. I cannot install the video drivers (ATi HD4290) and the network adapter (which in bridged mode) uses a generic Intel 100mb driver instead of the Realtek GB drivers. Any ideas? I thought about trying Hyper-V or Vmware, but VMware costs $ and I am not sure if it will solve the problem. I have played around with all of the NIC setting, but I cannot adjust the "virtualbox" NIC that is installed in the host OS (WHS2011) so not sure if it makes any difference. Oh - and I have tried storing Recorded TV both on the server (through a share) and via a mounted drive within VM (in a .vdi file) Any ideas?
  5. Hey - my beta was removed last week, but I cannot find it in the Marketplace. Where is it? I want it back on my phone!
  6. hi all - long time whs user, but just recently upgraded to whs 2011. Happy thus far, but just today my wp7 app stopped being able to access any media. I have no idea what changed. I created a homegroup because my extenders were not working, but now the phone will not connect through the app that was created for wp7. any ideas? thanks. Edit - i restarted the server and now it is working. Weird.
  7. The site is still down...any updates on when it will be back up?
  8. Did you install the Lights Out addin? If so, did you disable SBCore? That has been known to be a problem on WHS.
  9. I would recommend not using the 200GB drive at all. WHS creates a 20GB partition on the first drive and than creates the shares pool with the remaining space. So there is really no advantage to using a different drive for the installation drive. Plus, WHS uses the remaining primary drive space as the "landing space" for all files written to the server. Not that everybody is writing 180GB files, but if you did you would run out of space and would not be able to copy the file to the WHS. 4TB versus 4.2TB is not worth the performance trade off of using the 200GB drive as the primary. Just my .02 Steinway
  10. So I was missing the Recorded TV folder, and I added it in and everything seems to be working. Thanks! One more question - will this add-in ever support the new .wtv format introduced in the TV Pack update for Media Center?
  11. I also have the same problem. Whenever an update in installed, or the server is rebooted it starts an endless cycle of rebooting. If I go downstairs and login to the machine before it reboots I am able to keep it running. Then I get an error that windows was unable to load all the required services and I should check the log. (I am assuming that it is the SBCore service). It is a little frustrating, but I am glad that mine is no truly headless otherwise I would really be stuck. I would really appreciate it if the author worked to resolve this issue ASAP. I love this plug-in, and will be happy to provide any log files that you need. Thanks, Steinway
  12. You seem pretty dang normal to me... So - I have had this installed now for about one week, and not a single recording has been moved...what is wrong? I even manually moved a couple of recordings into the d:/TV directory, but they don't show up in Media Center or via the weblink. Help? TIA, Steinway
  13. Sorry for the stupid questions I am about to ask, but I am a little confused. 1) What folder are the recordings stored in? I do not have a filder titled "TV" anywhere on my WHS. Neither was a new folder created on the root that I can see. 2) Does it automatically start copying from any Media Center PC that the client software is installed on? 3) Will I be able to watch the recordings through Media Center on my laptop if I don't have a tuner installed? I have Vista Ultimate. 4) Does the copying start immediately after the recording completes? 5) Do I have to add a watched folder to Media Center? Don't care about Compskip any more because it does not currently work on .WTV files. TIA, Steinway Edit - Found answer to question #1.
  14. 1) Lifextender - http://www.lifextender.com - this is a great commercial removal tool (uses either comskip or showanalyzer if you have it installed) 2) MCEBuddy - http://www.mcebuddy.com - this is a great tool that both removes commercials and converts the DVR-MS files into whatever format you want (WMV, DiVX, H.264, etc.) 3) MCE Standby Tool - http://slicksolutions.eu/mst.shtml - this is a great tool that takes care of the S3/S4 issues that all Vista Media Centers have! It has tons of options for putting the PC back to sleep, and it works great!. 4) Heatwave - http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/thread/276418.aspx - awesome weather plug in for Vista Media Center. Note that all of these are supported on both Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit. Enjoy! Steinway
  15. Been an active WHS user since Beta 1. Just ordered the OEM version (still running on RC1) so the new build system specs are: AMD 64 4000+ 2GB Ram (4) 500GB SATA (2) 250 GB IDE (1) 400 GB IDE Add-ins 1) WebGuide (by far the best add-in so far!!!) 2) Whiist (Not far behind WebGuide) 3) Recorded TV Manager 4) WHS Admin 5) WHS Disk Management