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Solved: Xbox 360 Can’t Be Added as Media Center Extender

March 4, 2009

After our Windows Small Business Server 2008 upgrade this weekend, one of our three present (one is being replaced) Xbox 360s would not connect to our Media Center PC as a Media Center Extender (giving error code –209 in the Media Center application log in the Event Viewer). The other two connected after following Sean Daniel’s advice. The symptoms were very much like those described in this long thread at The Green Button.  After doing two things this evening, the problem was solved: (i) change a static IP address on our network that duplicated that assigned to the Xbox by our DHCP server; and (ii) download an update for the Xbox dashboard by testing the connection to Xbox Live (this is a device that had not connected to Xbox Live in a long time).

I note for the reference of myself and others in the future some additional links of possible steps to solve this problem at the Xbox Forum and the Microsoft Knowledge Base.


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