I’m trying to set up one of my spare computers to be used as an extra TV in my office/computer room using a digital receiver that sends a signal from my lounge room.
The issue I have is that Windows Media Center wants me to use an IR Blaster or it won’t let me use my receiver. I’ve done a little research and found that I can use a special driver to trick windows into thinking I’ve got one… the issue there is that I’m using Windows 7 64bit and low and behold it doesn’t work with that. I’ve also found out that I’d only need the blaster to get past this initial step and after that I can unplug it and throw it in the bin.
Given that I don’t really need one, the driver doesn’t work and WMC is being a bitch I’m asking one of two things.
Can anyone that works for Microsoft wander down to the Windows Media Center department and ask someone really nicely to throw in a fucking check box that says “It’s okay, really, I don’t need an IR Blaster” so I can get past that step.
Anyone recommend an alternative program that isn’t Mediaportal because for some reason the latest version doesn’t really work that well.
All I want to do is plug my receiver into my TV card and be able to watch whatever is on TV in the lounge.
P.S : Oddly enough on the step before WMC chucks a hissy about missing hardware it detects the video source and lets me watch it in a tiny little preview window.