I don't know how I missed the release of this card. I came across it by accident Sept 1 while looking for a simple qam tuner, what rock have I been hiding under. I did some quick research, called Comcast to confirm the self install for the cable card was available, don't call it a m card or multi-cast card, and like others mentioned, say you have a Tivo, makes life easier. I purchased the Ceton card from my local Microcenter and picked up the cable card Sept 2 on my lunch break, awesome, Comcast confirmed no charge on the first card. After working through some technical difficulties with my case Friday night, the CC slot on the turner did not line up correctly with the slot on the Foxconn R10-G3 barebones, instead of pulling out the dremel, I made a quick run to frys and picked up the Sugo SG05-B, which was perfect for the Foxconn MB (I assume its DTX MB similar to ITX with 2 PCi slots) and with better cooling. With the Setup ready to go in the new case Saturday am, made a quick call to Comcast to activate the card, 20 minutes later, on hold for 15 minutes, the card was activated and I was surfing.
The network tuning wizard for setting up additional HTPC's went through almost without a hitch, you can complete the network turning wizard without ever running the DCA tool, so I wasn't getting all the channels, but after reading the turner card instructions again, realized the issue, ran the tool, and I was surfing again. Also, when selecting the cable source, I had two Comcast options, I selected the first option, and was missing some channels, go with the Comcast world of more (WOM) and that will do it.
I ran into the 29/59 Frame rate glitch on CBSHD, AMCHD, and TMCHD, ( I don't have the premium channels, HBO etc) both of my HTPC's were running a Radeon 5450, diamond in the host PC and powercolor in the client, my client PC is running an i3-550, I pulled the 5450, and the problem was resolved using the integrated graphics, turned off the dynamic contrast on the host PC using the 5450, and that seemed to have cleared up 97% of the problem, I no longer see the flicker, but I'm thinking there's still some slight judder or maybe it's just in my head, will know more when the new season of shows start up, I haven't told the wife, so she will not be looking for it, but if it's there she'll see it
I ran the WHS media center connector with my HP MSS WHS V1, setup archiving for recordings, works great, ran in to one minor issue were the archiving was failing, reinstalled the connector, back in business. As an FYI, This only works for copy freely, and copy once will stay on the PC that it was recorded on.
Here's where I'm scratching my head, what's the best setup, run the turner In dedicated server, i.e. WHS2011, or maintain the current setup with the host PC also serving as an HTPC. I'm having sleep issues on the host, had little time to trouble shoot, but the host will randomly wake up from sleep, ran powercfg -lastwake cmd and it did list MCE recording as the culprit, but it was awake before the scheduled recording time by a few hours, (according to my whs lights out addin) also, looking at the lights out add in on my whs, the host PC has waken 4 days at exactly 1:30 PM, my wife was home Friday, and noticed that the video was going in and out for about a minute, at 1:30 but then it was fine, didn't see anything in the event viewer, very peculiar, but assume I solve the sleep issues on the host, I still have the client, when the host is asleep, the client PC is SOL, is there a simple solution to wake the host when watching TV on client? I'm not that PC savvy, but I can follow directions very well. Maybe the HDhomerun prime wins in this category.
Host system - I'm running a w7 32 Foxconn R10-G3 (newegg) E5300 with 4gb (was 2gbs), 250GB 2.5in 7.2K HDD radeon 5450 as the host. CPU usage is a bit high, stays round 30-40% using one tuner, and the GPU utilization is around 70-85% on HD channels, GPU temps are70-78c, Ceton card stays around 53-55c, I have the host sitting in front of the entertainment center , plenty of airflow at the moment, The GPU utilization is very high, are other seeing this on the hos? Also, when watching one channel, and then recording two others on the host, the CPU will stay around 50-60%, and spike ever so often to 80-90%. Acceptable but higher then I would like. I'm just under the recommend speed on the cpu, 2.7, but I might upgrade to an e5800, I've upgraded to 4GB's (3.25 useable), but on a 32 bit system, I think 2GB's was more than enough, ceton recommends a min of 3gb, at 2gbs I had anywhere from 0-500mb memory free, 1-1.25mb is usually all that's allocated. I'm not seeing any improvements, but I only have 1 dimm slot, options are limited for this board.
Client PC- w7 32 ITX ECS H55H-i i3-550, 2gb's, 320gb 2.5in 7.2k HDD, IGP (was using 5450). Before removing the 5450, GPU utilization was around 40-50%, and temps were around 60-65, which is no different than running XBMC, I didn't check the CPU usage with the 5450, with the IGP, I'm around 15-18% with one tuner assigned, not too bad. Now that I'm running the IGP I might make this the host PC, but the tuner will set right on top of the PSU, so I may have an issue with heat, but all this hinges on the dedicated box question.
I'd like to get this guy as a client PC, size is awesome, but I need confirmation from other users that it will do Netflix, and I'm set.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856176026
Here are some windows index scores, the E-350 (725 CPU passmark) some reviews mention that there are issues running Netflix but it does fine MCE and ceton, you get more CPU with I3-330um (CPU 1196 passmark), but lower scores in the GPU.http://www.yugatech.com/blog/persona...vs-intels-cpu/
Sorry for the log post, but I hope this helps anyone else looking to setup a HTPC(s) with the ceton tuner, and dealing with Comcast in the Atlanta area.