- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764543571
- ISBN-13: 978-0764543579
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,381,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Get the most from your Windows MCE 2004
Watch and record TV, play music, and manage your home videos from your PC
Your Media Center PC is the wave of the future, and heres the scoop on the newest edition, Windows MCE 2004! With this book and your Media Center PC, you can turn your entire home into an entertainment center. Find out how to choose and set up this amazing PC, network all your audio and video stuff, and more.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Plan your home computing and entertainment system
- Install and configure a Media Center PC
- Record live TV shows
- Play and record DVDs, CDs, MP3s, and more
- Build a home networkbased on an MCE PC
- Troubleshoot problems
About the Author
Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company. Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking industry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles about telecommunications topics and has authored or edited nine books, including Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies (now in its second edition), Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He is frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks providing analysis on the latest communications news and breakthroughs. Danny lives in Mansfield Center, Connecticut, with his wife and four children.
Pat Hurley is a consultant with TeleChoice, Inc., who specializes in emerging telecommunications technologies, particularly all the latest access and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, and home-networking services. Pat frequently co nsults with the leading telecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat is the coauthor of Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and two smelly dogs.
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I tried in vain to figure out how would the integrated TV tuner (NTSC) work with our TV system (Pal N). In short, I got no answers either from the forums nor "the green button" fan's website. Conversors were expensive and nobody would guarantee they would work down here.
Conclusion: I bought a DVD recorder locally, and an XP computer that is still the standard OS most people have (unlike MCE, that barely exists here).
The book is extremely user friendly, very clear, but doesn't shy away from hard topics. Part IV specially is crammed with knowledge on networks. No wonder the authors made a separate book on the subject!
The comparison of wireless LAN systems on chapter 16 comes in handy.
The explanation of "sampling" on page 34 is, again, almost "too clear" :).
Finally I understood what 24 bit and 96kHz mean! And WHY bigger numbers are, in this case, better. The comparison with the CD's sampling rate is another example of their ability to teach.
In short, the hardware recommendations may be a bit dated, their enthusiasm over this OS may sound a bit over the top after Vista, but I think this was a honest effort to explain what this OS was all about at the time it was the newest kid on the block. This book is the closest thing to actually using this OS. For their detailed walkthroughs alone, it deserves its 5 stars.
PS: The appendix on how to connect your MCE PC to different home entertainment systems is comprehensive thanks to its drawings. And the index is clearly organized in big topics, which renders it useful.