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#21 keef OFFLINE  

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

 

 
Yes please that would be nice :)

 

 

 

OK, Alwin, I'll put the default WMC Start Menu focus icons in, and incorporate them into the xml.

 

But I'm prepared to take them back out again if they mess up anyone's custom start menus :P

 

I'll try to get this done tonight.

 

 

 


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 03:57 PM

OK, Alwin, I'll put the default WMC Start Menu focus icons in, and incorporate them into the xml.
 
But I'm prepared to take them back out again if they mess up anyone's custom start menus :P
 
I'll try to get this done tonight.


I can make 2 xml files one with and one without Menu focus icons so users can choose witch to use :)
Or add an instruction to command this out on the xml by putting a starting "<!--" before the code and a ending "-->" after the code you wish to disable.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:30 PM

I built a new ehres with restorator to get the images in. is that old skool?? lol



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:31 PM

.dll

 

that is

 

err... I think!!!



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:13 PM

Not old skool at all :).  Restorator is still my preferred method for personal use, but the whole point of the latest releases is to make it easier for people and not have to directly modify dll's.



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:55 PM

OK, download in top post now includes Start Menu focus icons, and they've been added to the xml.  The images included are just the default Media Center icons - they're only there to help people who want to change them.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:24 AM

Warning

 

un8y does NOT work with Windows 8.1.  The version of Media Center has changed to 6.3, and at the moment this is not supported by Media Center Themer.

 

I guess we need to wait on Patchou to update MCT.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:59 AM

 

Warning

 

un8y does NOT work with Windows 8.1.  The version of Media Center has changed to 6.3, and at the moment this is not supported by Media Center Themer.

 

I guess we need to wait on Patchou to update MCT.

 

Thanks for the warning



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:09 PM

i tried to theme mine and its killed a complete user.. Nothing will run. I was due a rescan as freesat has been changing transponders...

think i botched the ehres.dll now no exe's run at all.

 

oh and neither will recovery console....

 

Aaaaargh



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:02 PM

i tried to theme mine and its killed a complete user.. Nothing will run. I was due a rescan as freesat has been changing transponders...

think i botched the ehres.dll now no exe's run at all.

 

oh and neither will recovery console....

 

Aaaaargh

 

Is this after updating to 8.1?

 

Did you only make graphical changes to ehres.dll?  I've not had a chance to compare, but there may be differences between the 8 and 8.1 ehres.  I'd be surprised if the graphic entry structures were different though.

 

I've not had much chance to test, but using only Media Center Themer, as far as I can tell WMC and MBC are OK - except that un8y isn't being applied.  I'd forgotten how much I hated the default WMC theme...

 

I'll be doing more testing tonight though



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:17 PM

the themer wouldn't work, so i thought I'd be clever and have a dabble with restorator...

 

famous last words.

 

strangely the other users aren't affected??



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 07:09 PM

A quick for info update from Patchou today:

"I'm currently assembling my new computer, I'll put Windows 8.1 on it and I'll make sure to release a Windows 8.1 compatible version of MCT.  While I'm working on it, do you have any particular suggestions for improvement?"

Fingers crossed it won't be too long a wait...


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

@Lee - you did directly edit the Windows 8.1 ehres.dll, right?  You didn't just copy in a previously edited Windows 8 ehres.dll?

 

Remember, when Restorator saves a modified dll, it makes a backup of the original so you can always go back.

 

In Windows 8.1, Media Center and Media Browser Classic seem to run fine.  Only Media Center Themer doesn't work.  The theme just doesn't get loaded, but it doesn't actually break anything.



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:55 AM

I've since deleted the user account that broke..

 

made a different user admin and made the original tv account local. Then... Deleted the local account and made a new tv account(it links to windows phone family calendars!)

 

long winded but appears to have worked.

 

I'm tempted to format now tbh i think I'm due!!!

 

not sure if it'll take me back to 8 though?? I would hope not... The restore/wipe facility in w8 is really good.nice and easy and trouble free.....



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:54 AM

i do wish soultaker would do a rethink... Neo is still my favourite theme.(still us

 

 

Un8y based themes by Alwin
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Download: Un8y Blue / Un8y MidNightBlue / Un8y MidNightRed / Un8y MidNightYellow / ROC Un8yBlue skin

 

As promised here my Un8y Based WMC themes I also made a new blue colored skin for  the MediaBrowser ROC theme.
I'll have to thank Keef for the nice kickstart of this theme.

 

Hi, I really love the work and the Un8y. I have a quick question regarding the volume of the welcome voice, is there some way I can turn it down a little as it startles the wife everytime I launch media centre.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

Nick, sorry for the delay in answering - I'm overseas with work just now. Apologies to your wife for startling her!

The answer to your query is very similar to the answer to Yogi's question about the select sound:

Have a look in C:\ProgramData\Media Center Themer\Theme\. The elements that are changed can be found in the XML file, and the items themselves are mainly in \Resources\ehres\Images.

You have a few options:
 

The sound that you want to change is INTRO_A.

If you open up the XML, search for INTRO_A. Then just delete

 

<Resource Id="INTRO_A.WAV">

          <Replace File="Theme\Resources\Ehres\Images\INTRO_A.WAV" />

</Resource>

 

The sound then won’t be modified, and you'll get the default WMC intro sound.


Alternatively,
 

you could just replace the INTRO_A wav in C:\ProgramData\Media Center Themer\Theme\Resources\ehres\Images with whatever wav file you want (you still need to call it INTRO_A.WAV, though).


Or
 

you could replace the current INTRO_A with this (right click and "Save target as...) one, where I've cranked back the volume a bit for you. If you have a wav editor, you can adjust the volume to suit yourself.


Let me know how you get on.


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:16 PM

Hey Keef whilst waiting for patchou to release themer I've been trying to figure out the colour ?gamut? is that right?? for Neo

I've applied the night theme and like it better but i'd like to maybe darken it and change the text highlighting can u point me in the direction of where to look regards colouring numbers please?? it's not the same as html ones is it? I tried changing some and mbc wouldn't start!!

luckily I had backed up and restored that and all was good...



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:32 PM

ok so I figured out 0,0,0 for black on the background !!

i'd like to go grey text with white highlight ala xbox one...

 

tips would be great!!!

 

before I break something again... lol



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:16 PM

ok so I figured out 0,0,0 for black on the background !!

i'd like to go grey text with white highlight ala xbox one...

 

tips would be great!!!

 

before I break something again... lol

They are RGB values. You can use something like this to get the values for the color you want: http://www.colortool...olor_mixer.html


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 02:08 AM

The backgrounds, etc., are just images so just edit/re-colour as you want.

For text colours, look in C:\ProgramData\Media Center Themer\Theme\Resources\shell\COLORS.MCML

The text highlight colour is FocusHighlight. Most of these are actually ARGB, where A is the alpha (opacity). FocusHighlight is currently set to 255,178,34,34 - 178,34,34 is the Firebrick red highlight colour used in neo. Change the last 3 digits to match the RGB values of the colour you want.

Note that if you use invalid values, WMC won't load.

Edited by keef, 31 October 2013 - 03:28 AM.






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