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I didn't want to say it, but it looks as if TGB is down again. E-mail's have been sent off about an hour ago, I hope to know something later today (hope). Not sure what the problem is.
Update: Back up
You read my mind, I was about to e-mail ya :-/
Forget TGB- How about the maintenance for xBox Live knocking out Media Center on the xBox 360? Wanted to watch some TV or Recorded shows and couldn't get the Media Center Extender functionality to work on the 360 because of the xBox Live maintenance. Called xBox support and they basicly said 'Tough, wait it out'. They said they couldn't contact anyone with a complaint.
If this is a sign of things to come, it's leaving a bad taste in my mouth. This really ticks me off. Any suggestions on who could address this complaint?
Xbox Live outages will only affect MCX functionality if you're running a pre-release Windows Media Center. The RTM extender code will not check for updates on every launch.
The requirement for Xbox Live connectivity has been listed in the Media Center Release notes ever since Xbox 360 Extender functionality was released.
Media Center Extender requires connectivity to Xbox Live
Description: For the length of the beta program the Media Center Extender will required the Xbox 360 to have a connection to Xbox Live. An Xbox Live user account is not required to connect to Xbox Live servers. Users who do not have an active connection will experience the following error message on the Xbox 360 when attempting to launch Media Center. "The Xbox 360 is not able to connect to Xbox Live. Use the Xbox Live Troubleshooter from Network Settings."
Solution: Connect Xbox 360 Console to Xbox Live.
1. From the System section of the Xbox dashboard, Select Network Settings
2. Select Test Xbox Live Connection
3. Allow the Test to be conducted
4. Resolve any failures
5. Restart the Add Extender task from the Media Center.
NOTE: When connecting to Xbox live for the first time, you may need a memory card or hard drive on the Xbox 360 for temporarily cache of console updates. Xbox live connectivity will not be required for the final release of Vista.
More on the Vista extender bits vs Xbox Live requirement here
Was this latest crash related to the NNTP add-on again? NNTP seemed to work for a couple days before going back down (presumably in this latest crash). It has not been back up since.
Hopefully TGB and the Community Server people can fix that feature...