I'm back. IOGear USB 2.0 card arrived today.
Decided to go for an easy first test as it was all I had time for before leaving for work.
Turned on BravoHD and hit Record on whatever Reality TV show was on. Defaults on (VBR/7/22).
2 mins 7 secs, just over 100 MB captured.
Downloaded to NMT, played back - absolutely flawless. Huzzah!
I don't feel out of the woods yet (my original USB1.1 tests that gave me melting vid and locked-up audio were of an action movie with lots of motion, Die Hard With A Vengeance
or something), but I'm encouraged so far.
Next step: record entire shows, not just 2-minute clips. Also try test clips of action movies.
If all checks out OK, do I dare change the capture settings?
One other thing: Steve, upthread you mentioned removal of video adjustments in 2.5 and in the 1212's firmware. How can I find out my firmware rev. and if there is anything newer? (Bought mine in mid-February on the Dell site, so I presume it's recent if not the latest firmware rev.)
ETA: Looks like new firmware is only installed via installing the HD PVR's Windows driver?
Anyone tried this on a Mac? Either natively in Boot Camp, or via VMware/Parallels/VirtualBox/etc.?