Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

Adding Weather to Media Center

by @ 8:08 am on January 25th, 2009 in extras library, plugins, programs with 39 Comments

One of the few things lacking in Media Center has been an easy way to view your local weather without tuning in a news station. Since support for this is still left out in 7MC we have to turn to a plug-in to fill the gap.  Heatwave, originally developed by MCExtended on The Green Button, is an elegant solution to the problem providing an easy access and attractive interface for our weather viewing needs.

Heatwave Weather Display

Setting up Heatwave is also a snap.  You can find both the x86 and x64 versions of Heatwave for Windows7 Media Center for download, here(x86) and here(x64). These have had their install files modified to enable support for installation on Windows 7.  Once install is complete, Heatwave provides a user interface inside Media Center to setup your locations and other details.

Heatwave Start Menu

If your weather doesn’t immediately appear in your main menu you can find a link to the plug-in inside the Extras Library.  From the main screen you can click settings to edit your preferences including measurement displays, appearances and locations.  After saving your settings Heatwave should appear in your main menu unless you opted out of this option. (Note: when saving your settings a warning dialog appears, however settings do save correctly)

Heatwave Location Setup

That should be all there is to it, you should now have easy access to weather from your Media Center interface thanks to this wonderful little plug-in!

39 Comments


Richard
Comment #20 from Richard [Reply]

Anyone else experience problems installing on build 7000? The x86 MSI works fine for me in Vista, but crashes in Win7 build 7000.

Comment left January 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm Permanent Link

MHealy
Comment #21 from MHealy [Reply]

I’ve got it installed on an x64 Win7 build 7000 machine but dont have an x86 to test on at the moment. The only problem I had installing was that it didn’t show up in the main menu until I saved the settings for the plugin inside Media Center by going to the Extras Library and accessing the app from there.

Comment left January 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm Permanent Link

MHealy
Comment #22 from MHealy [Reply]

I take that back there is a problem with certain installers on build 7000. I’ve posted a fix to get around crashing MSI installers right here that should help.

Comment left January 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm Permanent Link

Richard
Comment #23 from Richard [Reply]

Tried to make the registry tweak, but I don’t actually have that key in my registry. Weird.

Comment left February 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm Permanent Link

MHealy
Comment #24 from MHealy [Reply]

Do have a registry key for “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
SQMClient\Windows\DisabledSessions” ?

I renamed the whole thing to “_DisabledSessions” but I also had the “MachineThrottling” string as well. Are you running just Windows 7 or perhaps as a virtual box or something?

Comment left February 6, 2009 at 10:58 am Permanent Link
Comment #486 from WCFJ [Reply]

I am running Windows 7 Beta 64 bit (build 7000). HeatWave installs without any errors but when I try to launch it from within MediaCenter I get an error that says “Invald Application” then “Unable to launch ‘HeatWave’”. Any ideas why this is? I really want to be able to run this in Windows 7.

Comment left April 30, 2009 at 12:20 am Permanent Link
@Reply #489 from Michael Healy [Reply]

I’m not sure why that would be happening. I’ve installed it on numerous builds in both 32-bit and 64-bit and never had a problem launch the plug-in from inside Media Center. Are you certain you’ve got the x64 version downloaded and installed?

Comment left April 30, 2009 at 8:01 am Permanent Link

Anonymous
@Reply #1627 from Anonymous [Reply]

I’m having the same unable to launch error. Running Win7 x64 7201

Comment left June 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #1628 from Anonymous [Reply]

x86 works fine for my build 7100 machine.

Comment left June 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm Permanent Link

Richard (Apexjr)
Comment #1714 from Richard (Apexjr) [Reply]

I have Windows 7 x32 Build 7227 and this installer worked fine, but the application inside of MC fails with the same error as WCFJ. I noticed it installed a service, so I restarted that but it didn’t resolve the issue.

Not sure what the deal is.

Comment left June 18, 2009 at 5:43 pm Permanent Link

ZooMan
Comment #1826 from ZooMan [Reply]

“I have Windows 7 x32 Build 7227 and this installer worked fine, but the application inside of MC fails with the same error as WCFJ. I noticed it installed a service, so I restarted that but it didn’t resolve the issue.”

One more for the above,

Thanks

Comment left June 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #1827 from Michael Healy [Reply]

I haven’t tested the plugin with any version above the RC 7100 release. Something may have changed or be bugged in later beta versions.

Comment left June 23, 2009 at 10:53 pm Permanent Link

user29
Comment #2347 from user29 [Reply]

Yes doesnt work on RTM :(

Comment left July 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #2641 from Anonymous [Reply]

Yep broke in rtm!

Comment left August 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #2662 from Anonymous [Reply]

Broken in RTM… looks so awesome but completely unusable.

Comment left August 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #2663 from Anonymous [Reply]

Another plugin broken in Win 7 RTM…

Comment left August 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm Permanent Link
Comment #2666 from Michael Healy [Reply]

Unfortunately I don’t have the source code and was only able to adjust the msi settings. I’ll see what I can find though.

Comment left August 13, 2009 at 8:22 am Permanent Link

Lee Jackson
Comment #2815 from Lee Jackson [Reply]

Any Luck Michael,

This looks awesome.

I also have it running on x86 pre RTM. It doesn’t work on my Newly purchased HTPC running x64 rtm Windows 7.

Would love to be able to use this plugin.

Lee

Comment left August 21, 2009 at 10:15 am Permanent Link

user29
Comment #3076 from user29 [Reply]

Anyone know if this can be modified to work on RTM – its easily the nicest weather solution

Comment left September 3, 2009 at 10:55 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #3080 from Michael Healy [Reply]

Unfortunately, I don’t believe the source code was ever made available for this plugin so it seems unlikely that it can be modified to work properly with the RTM.

Comment left September 4, 2009 at 7:47 am Permanent Link

Eric Britt
Comment #3903 from Eric Britt [Reply]

I used this on the Windows 7 beta . I’m not sure what build it was. I just received a windows 7 ultimate in the mail (not beta, the real thing) and it is not working. It says invalid application, unable to launch. I really liked this app and hope to use it again.

Comment left October 10, 2009 at 1:28 am Permanent Link

user29
Comment #3967 from user29 [Reply]

It looks like the developer has this in his queue to fix

http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/59564.aspx?PageIndex=16

can’t wait for it to come back was very useful

Comment left October 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm Permanent Link

Alan Grainger
Comment #4159 from Alan Grainger [Reply]

The links posted in this article only work with the beta and RC versions of 7….for the RTM versions use:

32-bit: http://www.jasmio.com/Downloads/HeatWave.Win32.1.2.0.0.msi

64bit:
http://www.jasmio.com/Downloads/HeatWave.Win64.1.2.0.0.msi

Comment left October 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm Permanent Link
Comment #4195 from Richard W. Gunther [Reply]

There’s a 1.2 update to this software that will work properly with Win 7. It’s available now on The Green Button.

Comment left October 24, 2009 at 1:11 am Permanent Link

Matthers
Comment #10787 from Matthers [Reply]

I have had this installed on a while on my Win7 Ultimate x64 machine and have noticed that the time for Sydney is 1 hour forward. The time I have for Perth and London is fine, and my machine synchronises with the internet for time and is accurate and set to Sydney time. How can this be an hour out? Clearly its not reading the settings from the OS. Anyone know where to fix this DST issue as thats what I’m guessing this is
Thanks

Comment left May 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm Permanent Link

Bruce
Comment #12827 from Bruce [Reply]

When I try to run the installer, I get a message stating that Heatwave can only be installed on a Windows Vista machine. I have tried both links on this page. I’m running Windows 7 x64.

Comment left June 11, 2010 at 9:56 am Permanent Link
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Comment left May 17, 2011 at 8:22 am Permanent Link

bob
Comment #50871 from bob [Reply]

Last week, HeatWave stopped getting my weather statistics. All I see is “N/A” all over the place.

I can browse to weather.com from a browser on the same machine, so I know my network connectivity is good.

Any thoughts?

Comment left November 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm Permanent Link

MitGam
Comment #51039 from MitGam [Reply]

Last week I have same problem with HeatWave. I see is “N/A” all over the place.

Comment left November 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #51217 from Anonymous [Reply]

Looks like it’s dead. Apparently something about the feed from weather.com has changed and the plug-in is busted. The jasmio website looks to be long gone too.

Comment left November 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #51219 from Anonymous [Reply]

Just found this. Weather.com has killed it basically. It’s possible that someone will update the code to use another feed. Maybe the author will update it or at least release the code to open source – hopefully.

http://experts.windows.com/frms/windows_entertainment_and_connected_home/f/25/p/59564/546737.aspx#546737

Comment left November 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm Permanent Link
Comment #51473 from admirals cove [Reply]

This is an excellent tip. I have spent three hours looking for this help. Thanks so much. Hope you don’t mind, but I added a link to my facebook wall for this page.

Comment left November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am Permanent Link

weeeird
Comment #52218 from weeeird [Reply]

That sucks. It was a very useful plugin… I’d fix it if I knew how…

Comment left November 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm Permanent Link

JMerda
Comment #52378 from JMerda [Reply]

Comment #51217 from Anonymous [Reply]

Looks like it’s dead. Apparently something about the feed from weather.com has changed and the plug-in is busted. The jasmio website looks to be long gone too.

This comment is correct. It’s broken for good.

Comment left November 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm Permanent Link

mrbeezle
@Reply #59553 from mrbeezle [Reply]

Why can’t the feed be changed to accuweather? It seems a easy enough task for the right person. It would also be nice to have a scroller, or pop-up for sever weather alerts, but that’s for another forum i guess.

Comment left January 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm Permanent Link

Guest
Comment #63829 from Guest [Reply]

Imagine how you’d be feeling if you had paid for it?!?!

Still, I believe any free app should be published on Source Forge so other programers can take over it.

If the source code was made available to others I know Heat Wave would be able to get weather data from other sources.

Ahh the Headaches

Comment left February 25, 2012 at 2:24 am Permanent Link

Anonymous
Comment #64747 from Anonymous [Reply]

Is there an admin updating this site? Remove the damn plugin, I lost 30 minutes before reading through the comments here and find out that it no longer works. Also update the damn article about MC Studio for including that fix so the damn thing works like it’s supposed to.

Comment left March 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm Permanent Link

Chook
@Reply #78398 from Chook [Reply]

Yeah, Come On Admin. WTfuge is going on?

Comment left August 10, 2012 at 10:19 am Permanent Link

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