Originally Posted by DSperber
What do you mean by "the TV buffer"? I assume you mean "\Recorded TV" when you mention "the record file" but I don't know what you mean by "the TV buffer"?
For me, I don't think I'd use the SSD for storing new recordings (i.e. the one \Recorded TV folder which you set in "Recorder Storage"of WMC). I'd much rather use a spinner. In my case I only use 7200rpm drives with 64MB cache for WMC data drives (with a 10000rpm drive on one of my machines for the OS partition, not having upgraded that machine to SSD for OS yet). I don't use green drives, old drives with small cache, and I don't use 5400rpm drives.
You can have multiple "\Recorded TV" folders (on the primary as well as other drives) for playback of recordings, if your primary new recorded TV folder doesn't have a very large capacity. Moving (either manually or automatically) the recordings from your primary \Recorded TV folder to another \Recorded TV folder on another drive (i.e. somewhere in the "pool of \Recorded TV" library) will empty out space on the primary folder for new recordings, but will still allow you to play back all of these older recordings which are now kept on other drives which probably have more capacity. But you still have the same concern about drive speed and cache size on those secondary drives. Again, I wouldn't use SSD for this secondary storage either, but would just use good-performing spinners.
I, too, have an internal PCIe InfiniTV4 card and don't have a need to replace it with the TV6 PCIe card I bought last year (during a "sale") just to have as a replacement spare on hand in case my current TV4 card (which is now 4 years old but still working perfectly) dies. I would not choose to install a network-based ETH card, as it puts significant load on your external network (i.e. going through your router and switches and cables, all then coming into your HTPC via its network adapter)... even when just recording! And then if you're simultaneously playing back (or live) through your extenders, well that too must come out through your HTPC network adapter and spread through your network. Each HD stream is probably 5-15 MB/s and I'd choose to keep at least the tuners internal to the HTPC. That's how I feel.
You say you also have the issue when viewing live/recordings on the monitor attached to the HTPC itself, and not just on the TV's connected through extenders. So that suggests it is NOT your network which is at the heart of the problem, but rather something internal to the HTPC and WMC itself.
Live TV uses the tuners but still buffers through the \Recorded TV folder (to allow you to REW, PAUSE, etc., for live TV). Watching a recording doesn't use the tuners, so doing your experimenting with recordings rather than live TV would eliminate the Ceton card as relevant to your viewing issues, and would allow you to focus on other internal hardware/software/WMC factors as potentially the source of your problems.
Are your hard drives SATA-II or SATA-III? I've upgraded all of my own drives (and motherboard) to provide SATA-III only, in support of my upgraded SATA-III 7200rpm 64MB cache drives.
If all you did was reinstall Win7 from scratch onto your new SSD, with everything else in the machine remaining the same, I can't see why this would impact WMC performance at all. Your network components are the same, as is everything else. If anything the OS should run faster, but that shouldn't have anything to do with delivering TV through WMC.
Have you performed benchmarks on your SSD performance in general? Is it working to your expectations?
The only thing you've said which is odd, is that apparently you started off with your primary \Recorded TV folder somewhere on the new SSD (either on the same C partition as your OS is on, or perhaps on a second partition on the SSD?), instead of on a separate spinner data drive. Putting things back onto a spinner would be like you were previously operating before the SSD upgrade, so you'd think your performance would surely return to the way it used to be.
So, was adding an SSD and reinstalling Windows all you did? Or were there other hardware changes as well?
The live TV buffer change form ceton website. - http://cetoncorp.com/support/index.p...s-media-center
Sorry I was tired when I wrote this up so I wasnt very clear with the recordtv folder, I moved this folder to one of the drives in my pool and took it completely off the ssd.
Everything is sata II because of the motherboard, its a msi 790-g45xt and it only goes up to sata II but the drives are sataIII.
And yes all I did was add a ssd and reinstall windows. before i started down this rabbit hole.
I will go record a show or two now and report back on the findings. Does it matter where i initiate the recording for this purpose? ie the win7 server box or the extender, I mean they both end up in the same place.