I'm considering building my first HTPC based on this board and have some questions.
I spent the last few days reading through this thread but I'm not sure I absorbed all of it. In summary of the problems I've read about this board:
1) Passthrough problem - Intel will hold fast with no changes and player software (at least some) have been revised to work with this board - no show stopper.
2) Film mode - recent bios updates claim to have fixed this and there seems to be some posts indicating it has been fixed although...
3) bios updates have been troublesome since 79 - not sure the status on this but it appears things might be getting better. No indication that Intel acknowledges this problem.
These are the technical issues with the board itself as I see them and it would appear to me that they are fixed or on their way to being fixed.
I think the final issue for me is if I can use HDMI for video out and parrallel that with the toslink/7.1 for audio output? If not, is this a HDCP limitation? I have lmitations with my system that might require splitting the audio from HDMI.
Finally, where can I find the specs for what I can and can't use with this board. I'm mostly intersested in what is NOT compatible with this board (2.0v memory, some CPU's, some optical drives etc.)? I'm not up on all the standards (N5 vs. N6? never heard of those) and don't necessarily want to be, I just don't want to add components that may cause "flakey" behavior (I think some problems posted in this thread may be related to such incompatibilities but can't be certain).
This has been an informative thread and reads like a soap opera at times!