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XP Media Center: Tuner Hardware not found

After months of not using MCE on my XP machine I thought it was time to launch it. However, when I clicked My TV, I got a message saying: Tuner hardware is not working properly or is not installed. I have a hauppauge 150 and it is visible in the device manager.
So i reinstalled the tv card using drivers from Dells web site (my pc is a dell). But no luck. I removed all MCE updates and .NET 1 and then reinstalled it. I also removed windows media player 11. No luck either. I tried Hauppauges drivers: no luck then. I also removed all Haupauge drivers using their cleaning program. No luck.
I then reinstalled all drivers using this file i found on this page.
It gave me WinTV in which I could see all channels, so the hardware is not dead. Then I thought that MCE should be able to see the tuner. No way.
I downloaded the Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility to see if it is something with my mpeg decoder. All I could see there is that I have one MCE supported MPEG decoder, which I set as default. Still no luck.
Who can help me get MCE running again? What else should I try?

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  • mrplace Jul 11, 2008

    I have tried what you said, removed the card then restarted, scan for hardware changes. then i put the card back, and the hardware had been installed automatically.

    I cannot change the imaging and tuner device in MCE, havent seen that option.

  • j f Aug 10, 2008

    hay i have the same promble i have windows media center and outa no were when i woke up and put live t.v it was black and then it sed t.v tuner can not be found or is not installed need help wat should i do

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    I am the exact same problem.
    PVR-150 with winXP MCE 2005 SP3
    "Tuner not found" no matter what I do!

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    Wow! Why not post an actual solution instead of a ******* rant you douches. As for me, I am having the same issue. I have tried installing the stock drivers for my MSI Theatre 550 Pro tuner card, installing the media center update rollup 2, and checking to see if the media center services were both active and running as local, all to no avail. Also worth a look, try downloading the media center decoder utility as it can sometimes fix issues with decoders errors and tuner cards not being recognized. My experience with this issue has also lead me to the conclusion that almost ever time I deal with each computer has a different solution because of the difference in hardware installed. If I find a solution (hopefully today), I will post my findings.



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Go into the drvice manager
right click and select scan for hardware changes
this should popup the tv tuner and automatically install the drivers..

If that fails
turn off the system
remove the tuner card
boot the system and using the device manager scan for hard ware changes
shut down
replace the tvtuner
restatr and in the device manager scan for hard ware changes again

Also in Mce insure you have the correct imaging device and tuner device selected, this will be located in the setup options

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jul 12, 2008

    its located in windows media player


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