Archive for May, 2009

Standby, sleep, hibernate

May 24, 2009

I’m still having issues to keep my media centere pc in sleep mode.  It would stay nicely in sleep mode after I changed the previous settings with dumppo as per my previous post.

The issue I have now is that it would go into sleep mode and immediately comes out of sleep again.

I found a really good site with lots of information on common solutions to sleep/hibernate problem



Sleep state and S3 standby

May 24, 2009

So it seems like the MST utility couldn’t solve all the standby and resume issues on its own.

I found this post and it seems like it solved some of the problems.

I set both the minsleep and maxsleep to S3 under the admin option so it only uses S3 now.  I had a problem where it didn’t want to resume from standby and I suspect it is because it used S1 on minsleep and S4 on maxsleep.

The commands I used was:

dummpo admin minsleep=S3

dumppo admin maxsleep=S3


May 23, 2009

Seems like there is even a better utility out there to convert MCE recordings to MP4 and to cut out the commercials.

Backups and SecondCopy

May 23, 2009

I use SecondCopy to synchronise my music files between my laptop, my NAS and my media center pc.  Recently I found that secondcopy copies the same files again over the other files.  I couldn’t figure out why it keeps on copying the file while it clearly shows that the files are the same.  I found an knowledgebase article about changing a setting which makes it ignore 2 seconds difference between the time stamps.  Coincidenlty I found similar settings in other software.  This solved all the issues I had with synching my music.

Here’s the link to the article

Remove commercials from MCE recordings

May 23, 2009

Next step is to set the machine up again to remove commercials from recordings.

I really didn’t look forward to setup op DVRMSToolbox with comskip or ShowAnalyzer againg.

Luckily it seems like Vista MCE has a lot more options to do these tasks.  I found the following software which seems to be able to do everything I want except converting the shows to MP4 after it removed the commercials.

How to move an iTunes library to an external drive

May 23, 2009

S3 standby on MCE PC

May 23, 2009

First thing I have to setup is to get the machine go into S3 standby like my Scaleo used to do.  Also important that I must be able to wake it up using the MCE remote.

These 3 links gave me everything I needed to get S3 sleep/standby right

Utility specifically designed to assist with S3 standby on MCE machines –

Step-by-step guide to enable S3 and Wake on Lan –

S3 Standby Done right –

Scaleo died

May 23, 2009

So my Scaleo machine died….

Got a new HTPC custom built using a Antec case with a little LCD screen in the front to show some information using iMON.

Let’s see if I can get everything set up again