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Visulizations will not activate

When I use Media Center to play music and activate the Visulizations button it just switches back to the desktop instead of showing the viz.

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  • michaeljb616 Aug 25, 2009

    Thanks soulwax36, I am using Vista Home Premium SP2 with 3gb DDR2(667MHz) a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M (256MB VRAM) The computer is a LG S9000 Laptop. I hope this helps. Many Thanks, Michael.

  • michaeljb616 Aug 25, 2009

    Devsta, Thankyou for your response to my post, I do use WMP and the Visulisations work fine but I really want to use WMC as my main media viewer and it would be good if the vis worked as I assumed it would. Be Safe, Michael.

  • michaeljb616 Sep 01, 2009

    piyushclal, Thanks for the tip, I did as you suggested but to no avail, the visulizations all work fine in WMP but not in WMC. Guess I will just have to live without them. Michael.

  • soulwax36 May 11, 2010

    What windows version do you have? And What computer (ram, video adapter...)?

  • Devon Smith
    Devon Smith May 11, 2010

    Why not just use windows media player?

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Windows Vista has a unique feature like if u open something say a game & if ur display driver stops responding, it automatically restarts the Display driver & puts u back to desktop.

So might be, whenever u start ur Viz., the display driver would not be supporting it and so it gets u back to desktop.

for that i'll ask u to check whether u can see visulizations in ur Windows Media Player or not. if yes, try to reset ur display driver by uninstalling it & reinstalling it


thanks

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Simply add the switches you wish Media Center to start with and hit OK.
For example, if your shortcut looked like the following: %windir%\Ehome\Ehshell.exe /nostartupanimation /noshutdownui /mediamode
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