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Old 11-12-2006, 01:20 PM
Sandbox Sandbox is offline
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Need to Fully Disable MCE

I have a Media Center PC with MS MCE installed. I have configured it and it works, but SageTV offers a greater control over resources. I have disabled the required services to permit Sage TV to function, but MCE lingers. I would like to fully disable MCE and hopefully with the option to re-enable it if ever desired.

Assistance is needed with sufficient detail for the average computer user to:

Fully disable all service associated with MCE assuming that they are not required by SageTV

Stop MCE from loading on boot. MCE is not in the start-up directory or any other place I can think to look.

Stop the MCE controller from starting MCE if the green MCE button is pushed. Tangles up SageTV if I hit the button in error

I will use a USBUIRT so I assume the MCE IR Receiver is not required.

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-12-2006, 05:13 PM
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Here's how I've tried to handle MCE

All Mce's programs run in service mode so they don't appear in the startup folders
To stop the MCE services from starting, as an Administrator level user:

click Start / Run / and enter the following command line to start the Microsoft Management Console for Services
mmc c:\windows\system32\services.msc

Here's a list of services I disable to stop MCE starting, set each one to manual or disable
- Media Center Extender Service
- Media Center Receiver Service
- Media Center Scheduler Service.

Periodically Windows updates will re-enable these services, so I use the following script to make sure they are stopped before starting SageTV

Here's my MCE startup script ...
MCEStart.bat, which I drop a shortcut to in the startup folder

rem give MCE services a chance to finish starting ...
sleep 15

rem these are all the MCE specific programs I could find ... but I may be wrong
taskkill /F /IM ehmsas.exe
taskkill /F /IM ehRecvr.exe
taskkill /F /IM ehSched.exe
taskkill /F /IM ehtray.exe

sleep 5

rem I delay SageTV starting so it won't be competing with MCE for tuners

rem start SageTV with abovenormal priority in program mode
cd "\program files\sagetv\sagetv"
start /abovenormal sagetv.exe

rem to start SageTV in service mode remove the rem from the next line
rem net start SageTV



Hope this helps ...

-- doesn't specifically address the green MCE button, but then again I don't have one so it may ...

Last edited by perfessor101; 11-12-2006 at 05:33 PM.
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