Been running in to a few set backs with the ing of MediaPortal project.

Set back 1: Wii remote disconnects during game play.  Very frustrating.  Since the MediaPortal PC itself is in another room, I figured Bluetooth signal was getting interrupted.  I bought a 15ft USB extension cable and connected the Bluetooth dongle closer to the entertainment center and the disconnect problem went away.

Set back 2: Poor MAME support out of the box for MediaPortal.  The irony here is that MediaPortal actually has quite good MAME support out of the box.  The unfortunate part is that the “MyPrograms” plug-in that provides the MAME support has not been updated for a while, no longer has development and no longer works correctly with the recent versions of MediaPortal.  A bit of searching turned up a new plug-in called “MyProgramsAlt” which is another team’s effort at corrected and extending the now defunct MyPrograms.  I’ll try this our and see how it works.  Otherwise, I will use the “MyEmulators” plug-in which appears to be simple, functional but not quite as full-featured as MyProgramsAlt.

Set back 3: Pentium 3-1000 computers just aren’t as impressive as they used to be.  It does the trick for video playback but unfortunately it’s a bit too slow for many MAME games.  The true “classic” games like Mario Bros. run fine but more colourful games show a significant slow down.

Set back 4: Been taking a bit of a break from the hardcore nerd stuff to actually enjoying using MediaPortal rather than adding features.  I’ll get back in to it soon enough and I had the idea of trying to add the Daphne emulator to play laserdisc games like Dragon’s Lair with the Harmony remote.

I’m seeing a lot of hits to these articles coming from search engine queries.  If you have any questions about MediaPortal, MAME and Wii remote functionality, please leave a comment to help share the knowledge.

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