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Windows 7 Media Center: One Week Later

October 17, 2009

A week after the upgrade of our Media Center PC, some things are working better, but there have also been some significant hiccups.

First, the on-motherboard audio system (soundcard equivalent) is now functioning properly. Upon install, Windows 7 had not recognized the existence of any audio device despite functioning perfectly under Windows Vista. After the round of updates and the reboot associated with Microsoft’s “patch Tuesday” earlier this week, the SigmaTel audio device appeared in Device Manager as if it had always been there.

The hiccups were that the installation of those patchesand the automatic restart also resulted in a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) linked to a power management driver. Or as the Reliability Monitor put it “The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x0000009f (0x00000003, 0x85277690, 0x82d44ae0, 0x86ff02c0).”

After the restart, I also had to run Windows Media Player again (which acted as if it had not been run before) on the Media Center PC to get our media center extenders to play audio files.

I hope these issues don’t recur the next time a restart is required for Windows Update.



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