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Once upon a time, I don’t think anyone should waste time reading this post, because it’s really just for me, in case I ever have to rebuild my Media Center PC again. It was a royal pain to troubleshoot the lockups caused by the audio drivers.


  • MSI K7N2GM2 Motherboard
    • nVidia nForce2 chipset
    • nVidia GeForce4 MX Ingrated Graphics
    • Realtek AC ’97 Audio.
  • Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 Analog TV Tuner
  • Seagate 200GB 7200 RPM SATA HD


  1. Install Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
  2. Install the latest MSI system drivers (5.10) using the Setup.exe.
  3. Install the latest nVIDIA video driver (93.71) using the Setup.exe.
  4. Install the old Realtek audio driver (  using Setup.exe. System will lock up with newer driver.
  5. Install the latest Hauppauge driver ( using Update in Device Manager.
  6. Install Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  7. Activate Windows.
  8. Install Windows Updates, including any optional updates for Media Center and .NET 1.1. (Maybe skip Windows Media Player 11, it has caused problems in the past.)
  9. Install decoder.
  10. Run Media Center for the first time and follow setup wizard.

Additional steps:

  1. Install and configure antivirus.
  2. Change workgroup.
  3. Add/remove Windows Components: take out MSN Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Messenger.
  4. Set Program Access and Defaults: take out Outlook Express, Media Center Radio, Online Spotlight, Windows Messenger
  5. Install TweakMCE, enable My DVDs.
  6. Use MCE Standby Tool to enable standby, remote, and autologin
  7. Set password for main account, disable Fast User Switching.
  8. Turn off Windows startup and exit sounds.