The TV Pack has made my Media Center enviroment very unstable

I know, I know, it isn’t meant for consumer consumption, but I’d content that it isn’t ready for any consumption. I’ve been told by many beta testers that it is so buggy none of them use it, and now after about 90 days of it being in the wild, it seems that just about everyone at the The Green Button has also given up. Evidently I’m the only idiot still using it, but a day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about going back. Honestly if I didn’t love the hetero’ tuners feature so much I’d have gone back a long time ago. At this point I’m thinking Windows 7 pre-beta is more stable, so maybe I’ll try that. Either way, here is the list of problems I’m having.

  1. It crashes all the time! How much you ask? Well, luckily Vista makes it easy to go and see how often an app crashes. All in all, in the past 60 days, I’ve experienced about 58 crashes. Of that, Media Center (ehshell.exe) has crashed 20 times, the host module 9 times, store update 27 times, and finally the receiver service twice.
  2. I’ve have to unplug my extender in my one room about every other week because it is locked up.
  3. My Extenders report network issues, but I have the same network as I did before I installed the TV Pack, yet it never had problems before. Not to mention the network test always says I have 100% of what I need to do HD.
  4. I’ve missed a few recordings, to which the Media Center says were “canceled by another component.”
  5. I’ve had to reconfigure the EPG four times, which takes over an hour to re-enter my 70+ series recordings, not to mention remap all my channels.
  6. Experienced the mysterious blue bar, about 4 times.

And this doesn’t even take into account the weird bugs like the info and mini guide bug, the scrub bar and worst of all the Media center has to change the channel to record even though there is another tuner that is idle. There are more documented at The Green Button, but I personally havent’ seen them.

At this point I’m convinced that I’m the only one left using the TV Pack and that the Nievies and S1 Digitals of the world are smart enough to skip it until Windows 7.

5 Responses to “The TV Pack has made my Media Center enviroment very unstable”

  1. Brent says:

    I doubt your the last one, but you might be close.

    What is this hetero tuners feature you speak of? I know you’ve mentioned it in the podcast before as the reason you stayed with TV Pack, but haven’t ever figured out what the feature adds.

    Keep in mind this question is coming from a SageTV user 🙂

  2. Ben Drawbaugh says:

    Hetero’ tuners is the feature that allows you to combine the same channel from different sources to resolve conflicts automatically.

  3. David says:

    I must be idiot #2 still using it. I bought my system off TGB from a guy that installed the TV Pack at my request. I have missed recordings almost daily, resolution issues and general performance issues. If I knew how to uninstall it, I’d probably do so in a heartbeat. Having not seen the pre-TV Pack install, I’m worried what I might be unknowingly giving up.

  4. Ben Drawbaugh says:

    You can’t uninstall it, you have to re-install windows to get rid of it and thus lose all your CableCARD recordings.

  5. David says:

    Ah – no way then. That sucks. I’ve just proven my idiot status.