Finally got access to my computer from the Xbox 360...

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Bill Loguidice
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As I know others have had the same issues I've had with using the Xbox 360 to access media files on our PC's running Windows XP and relatively complex home wireless/wired network combos - meaning no access - it was with great surprise that I tried my new Gateway Vista Tablet PC and actually got it working on the first try. My laptop came with Windows Vista Home Ultimate Edition, which includes Windows Media Center by default. The 360 acts as a Media Center Extender and after entering the numeric code unique to my 360, the two systems were able to see each other effortlessly. From a media sense, my 360 now sees everything my Tablet PC does and has the ability to control it, meaning I can easily display stuff on the TV wirelessly (and listen to music and movies too). I didn't have to touch my routers or change any other settings. It's a shame the connection wasn't possible on my regular XP systems, even though I installed multiple releases of the software that's supposed to make it work over the past year+.

"Unfortunately" my Tablet PC doesn't have a TV tuner card - though perhaps the external USB device I'm getting in the mail soon to capture direct screenshots from consoles and computers will make such a test possible (it's supposed to enable DVR-like functionality) - so I won't be able to test all the functionality, but I'm heartened by the tests I was able to run. It also appears that WMC has determined that my network bandwidth is only suitable for standard def TV streaming, not hi-def. Regardless, I was able to stream the few music, video and photo items from my laptop without issue. It also appears the "Online Media" option has the ability to access other content remotely, like Games, though it doesn't seem to list the WMC-enabled games on the 360...

Anyway, bottom line, for those who have had issues getting the 360 to interface network-wise with their PC's running XP, take heart in knowing that seemingly as long as you have a decent version of Vista, connecting is a snap, even on a pretty odd network setup...

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Mark Vergeer
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tv tuner cards

Bill, I do have a WMC compatible tv tuner card on my system and triple booting it with Vista Home Premium amongst others. I've been using this PC in the study as an add-on HD/DVD recorder ever since I installed Vista Home Premium on it, as I do have a WMC compatible Pinnacle TV tuner card with my x360 as a media center extender. I rushed out and bought the white x360 media remote as soon as I discovered how well it all worked.
We do have a Pioneer HDV 640 sitting underneath our new Samsung LCD HD TV and we are now able to record and play multiple channels at the same time. From what I understood is that vista WMC is even able to do simultaneous recordings when you add another TV tunercard to the system that is WMC compatible. Your system needs to be fast enough though, but surely mine is.

Streaming media (in form of mp3, wma and wmv) works like a charm as my wireless network is fast enough to transmit HD content. Streaming divx or other movie formats doesn't seem to be possible with the x360.

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Bill Loguidice
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I spoke too soon. It was

I spoke too soon. It was simply a matter of going into Windows Media Player and telling it to share my media with the 360. Now I can stream away while doing anything else on the 360, like playing games. Good stuff! Everything else works now too, like streaming photos and videos. So I guess I have a choice of going the more elaborate Windows Media Center route or just do a simple and quick stream directly from the 360's interface. Finally!!!

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Bill Loguidice
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Unfortunately, I just

Unfortunately, I just realized that having WMC access is like a consolation prize for regular access, as there's no way to stream WMC stuff while doing other things like you can otherwise. Unfortunate. I'll have to try to access this laptop as a non WMC system at some point, because right now, it doesn't work in any other way except through the WMC...

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
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