Well I finally got the system put together. It isn't finished (still in my old tower case, the SSHD for the O/S, the eSata drive arrayand CableCARD add-on haven't been purchased yet) but I had enough done to get it running and test it out in the living room.
Mark’s HTPC specs
o Motherboard: MSI Media Live Diva w/5.1 channel 100watt amp,
o CPU: AMD Phenom II x3 705e (3cores @ 2.5Ghz, 6mb L3cache, 65W)
o RAM: GSkill 4GB DDR2 800Mhz Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B
o Optical Drive: LG CH08LS10 SATA 8x Blue Ray and DVD/CD burner
o O/S drive: intel x25 will replace the current Seagate Barracuda 80gig
o Storage drives: 2 Seagate Barracuda ST31500341AS 1.5Tb SATAII
o Powersupply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
Add-in video (as a get-by for now) ATi x1600pro
I've loaded up Windows 7 Pro, a few patches, Avast Anti-virus,
MediaPortal (Just to tinker with) WinAudio and Audio Input Switcher.(PowerDvD 9 worth getting???)
Took a little time to familiarize myself with Win7. I'm initially impressed with it. Found the Sound Properties menu and set the HD audio up for playback, and SPDIF and Line in for recording...set both of them up to "listen" and "Exclusive mode". Popped "The Dark Knight" DVD in....The sound is great, much cleaner than I expected. It can go up pretty loud too. Video playback via WMP was fine.
Unfortunately I've got 2 problems....
1) HMDI on the motherboard. Maybe I've missed something in setup, but I get no signal thru the HDMI port to my TV. My cable is good, hooked the XBOX360 to it and it works. In the Device Manager of Win7, I can see the ATi X1600 card I threw in (to plug into my monitor at my desk while building the system) but cannot find the integrated graphics chip. Going into BIOS, under Chipset-> Northbridge Config -> I have set the Integrated Graphics Config to "UMA+Sideport". Under Chipset-> Northbridge Config -> Primary Video Controller, I noticed 4 combinations of settings.... groups of letter/number acronyms seperated by dashes. Could this be set wrong?? Anyone know the correct combo to make the system push signal thru the HDMI port???? I think I am currently set to GFX0-PCI-GPP-IGFX
2) That stinking SPDIF in port.... WHY o WHY would MSI make it so the damned SPDIF in connector only channels sound into the damn Realtek SC and NOT the DA2 chip???????? Line in works fine... My LG TV passes line in audio from the Verizon STB just fine..... SPDIF.... NO freaking way. I tried WinAudio.exe and the Audio Input Switcher.exe I found in this thread, both seperatly and together... nuthin. I will try installing ffdshow and JACK for Windows next.... ANYBODY ?? BUELLER??? Javajack please please tell me you have a fix for this from the Audio Gods by now... It's only been about a year! Bad enough that Windows shows the SPDIF as only being capable of 2ch PCM, but come one lets get this sucker to re-route properly.