I bought a USB TV Stick last week which is supposed to work on Vista, but haven’t been able to get it to work until today. I kept getting an error sayding that PMCLoader.exe was closing. I got this on my 64bit desktop and my 32bit laptop. Frustrating.
I got it solved and will just post what I did in case someone else comes across the same problem and finds this through Google (I couldn’t find anything).
For Vista, you need to download the proper drivers for the stick. These are not on the normal drivers page, so you need to look around a bit. I went to http://cdn.pinnaclesys.com/SupportFiles/PCTV%20Drivers/ReadmePCTV.htm to download the the 64 bit drivers (currently in Beta) for product 71E. Then, go to Device Manager and manually install the driver. The incredibly long Pinnacle software installation (it took over 30 minutes and required a reboot) is worthless. Even now, it tells me I don’t have .net 2 installed (which I know to be false).
For this TV Stick, use Windows Media Centre instead of the bundled Pinnacle software. I’m still setting it all up after four days. I’m not too pleased with this so far.