Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Hopkinton, MA (originally from Bloomington, IN)
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Just wanted to relay what I ended up upgrading, and my experience.
I put in a Samsung 840 Pro 64 GB SSD, the Intel networking card that a poster above mentioned, and found a good deal for 16 GB of RAM for $55.
The HTPC new boots into WMC very quickly- about 15 seconds total. It used to take 2-3 minutes and was painfully slow.
The WMC interface on the HTPC itself now has no lag and the remote is very responsive.
The WMC interface on the Echo is much improved. I believe it still lags at random times- I've mostly been using an Echo where I still only have the Ceton remote with the little buttons, and perhaps sometimes I'm not properly pressing the buttons. I need to get a Logitech Harmony remote configured and see if there's any difference with that. Button pressing of channel # buttons while watching live TV don't always seem to "register." Also, when hitting the Live TV button while watching recorded TV or the Recorded TV button while watching Live TV doesn't always seem to register the first button press, or it takes 2-3 seconds.
Anyway, things are much improved. I've got to get the rest of my $17 refurbed Harmony remotes programmed and then see if this whole system passes the WAF.