[access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center

Hi Ray.

Absolutely, the noise is a concern. My computer, despite costing me over £1000 last year is as noisy as a washing machine. They will need to become significantly quieter but given the cooling that needs to be don, I don't think they will ever run as silent as a video recorder.

I too would be interested in any information regarding which access software is best suited to the media centre. I'd change from jaws to windoweyes if I thought that access would be possible.

best wishes.
Andy


----- Original Message ----- From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Hi. FYI and just to add a little to Adrian's useful post. . Media Center 2005 is said to work with Window-Eyes 5.5, including the 'Media Center apllication, according to Mike Lawler of GW Micro. Interesting that, as, obviously, there appears to be a specialized app within XP Media Center that does a lot of the clever stuff.

Position as regards HAL/Supernova is not quite so clear, but it appears at the moment HAL, the screen reader part of SN, might not handle MC propperly yet. (Please someone using Dolphin products clarify here.)

When it comes to the hardware running MC then I've always been drawn to the Hi Grade offerings, which seem reasonably priced, but there are quite a lot out there now. Some of them capitalize on quiet PCs with no fan cooling or very well insulated cases, and if its going to sit alongside your HI FI then the noise issue is going to be very important.

HTH.
Ray

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Adrian Higginbotham" <adrian.higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The advantage of media center systems from a home entertainment perspective is the appropriate connectivity, EG move tv in and out than home office type connectors and usually a remote control. In theory there's not much on a media center machine that you couldn't do on other MS operating systems it just makes it easier, no need to buy additional software fiddle around etc. Also they usually try to be more esthetic and suitable for locating in the lounge rather than an office, a keyboard that folds up out of site, physical buttons for volume control and so on. There was a podcast on Blind Cool Tech of a media center system in use with JFW running fine a few weeks ago see http://www.blindcooltech.com/ and use the quick nav key j to jump to line 1308

Adrian Higginbotham
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