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Media center receiver service

I fit a dual core opteron 280 on my 939 board instead of the 4000+ as media center kept saying it was low on resources, since then i have had constant "media center receiver service has encountered a problem and needs to close" messages about every 2 minutes, i think i need to re instal mce 2005, but the setup disk will not recognise my sata drive, and to make matters worse i do not have a floppy drive in the thing to load the sata driver at startup, also i am annoyed about having to go through the activation rubbish at the end, i have heard there are two files you can save out to avoid this

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  • juanking Aug 16, 2008

    the hdd originally was pata as i could not get setup to play ball then i used max blast to clone it to the sata and sold the pata drive, now i cannot get setup to see the sata drive at all, why wont the setup look fo extra driver on usb stick?

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Hi.....you need set the hard drive from RAID to SATA in bios settings in order to detect it in the MCE installation...i can tell you how to go there "but i need the motherboard model"...
Install the OS the normal way...after installation..when windows starts for the first time...restart it...then go on pressing Key "F5"...a menu will appear..select safe mode...when windows loads ...then reboot it the normal way...

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""setup disk will not recognise my sata drive"

do you mean to say that NO HARD DRIVE FOUND?

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Aug 16, 2008

    i would suggest you to attach your drive as slave in your friends system and then format the system.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Aug 16, 2008

    if that is does happen without any problem then there is some problem in *********** board only.

    you will have to sort out the problem step by step

    thank you


  • dewan nafees ahmed Aug 16, 2008

    and if you want your MB to look for USB
    then set the device priority as USB to first priority

    that would help you

    thank you


  • dewan nafees ahmed Aug 16, 2008

    even if that is a problem then connect it in a computer and use win98 and do a complete format and remove the cos partitions also.

    this would make a complete erase an make the hard drive fresh.

    if you find any difficulty in doing this then your HDD is dead. you will have to repair it or buy a new one.

    thank you

    please post back you results.
    we will help you further.


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You need to reinstall Windows.

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    Ginko Aug 16, 2008

    When this happens it means Windows is not working fine with installing software, often reinstalling software is not enough and you need to reinstall Windows.
    You will need to do a backup of your files first.
    I see if I can find a download for mce 2005.

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    Ginko Aug 16, 2008

    Try also rolling back the system to a previous date before you had the problem using system restore.
    To do system restore go to:


    • Start Menu

    • Programs

    • Accessories

    • system tools

    • System restore

    • Follow the wizard.
    To Skip activation you need to use a pirate program that will modify some Windows registry entries, this can cause more problems in the future, a common consequence is Windows not being recognised as Genuine when doing updates.

    If system is low on resources update RAM , an efficient system should have no less than 2 GB RAM.

    To solve the disk not being recognised problem you need to install Windows as new installation, booting directly from CD. this will erase all data and software into your hard drive.


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    Ginko Aug 18, 2008

    Some bios won't allow to see external usb drives when you boot from Windows setup disk. In this case you will have to install the system on an internal hard drive first, then you start a new installation (starting from Windows, not from boot) to install the system on the external hard drive.

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