I'm sorry to bring up this question again, but I searched for TPeterson's response to my earlier query without any luck. To be complete:
I have a HTPC with a KT600-A motherboard
and an AMD Athlon XP 2600+. I have 200, 250, and 300 GB drives. I have the MyHD and the FusionHDTV installed under Windows XP. I record around 15 hours of OTA programming each week, as automated as I can, and watch the recordings when I can (mostly after our two small children are asleep), using the MyHD (job #1 would really make life easier).
About two months ago, a lightning strike
took out part of the motherboard. On the motherboard, I lost my serial port (MyHD remote), ethernet (networking), and sound (only stereo used for s/w playback). I've patched together a USB to serial, USB to ethernet, and USB to audio for temporary, until the summer reruns start.
So now we're into the reruns, and it's time to fix this thing. I basically can replace just the motherboard with an identical one for about $40. But I don't know if it's worthwhile getting a different motherboard, newer CPU, or even replacing the whole HTPC.
The KT600-A has very limited power management in terms of suspend and hibernate. When I suspend it, the power supply doesn't power down at all (which might actually be the power supply), so I don't see any real benefit to this. Hibernate works. However, neither suspend nor hibernate can be exited with the system APIs. Instead, I came to the solution of using the BIOS timer to wake the HTPC 15 minutes before prime time each day, and shut it down with a scheduled event 15 minutes after midnight. The has actually worked quite well, since I very seldom record anything outside of prime time. For those very few cases, I just have to turn the machine on. (The recent switch to using Record_This might alter this a bit and require me to manually run RT, since I couldn't get it to run at bootup and instead scheduled it to run about 10 minutes before prime time.)
The only other consistent issues I've faced with this motherboard are the FusionHDTV losing weekly reservations and/or crashing between recordings (I am absolutely certain that this is caused by the schedule database, which is effectively bypassed by Record_This and I have absolutely no issues since I started using this), and the occassional crash when fast forwarding during playback with the MyHD (this has been reported numerous time, isn't heat related, but is completely random, so as to be unreproducible. Since others have reported it, I don't think it's motherboard related.)
I'm also a bit annoyed by the slow menu when using the sp-dif output of the MyHD, which I understand would be alleviated by feeding the sound through a digital output sound card, which isn't an option on this motherboard. But I don't want to pay much for this, and I did make sure the USB to sound converter I bought as an interim solution had a digital output, so it might be the trick (although I haven't tried it yet).
Anyway, TPeterson suggested a different (SOYO?) motherboard, but I can't find the post after a couple of hours of searching. Or would I be better off going with a known evil?
And of course, I'll be putting in a power-protected UPS this time
, although my other computer with one installed also got zapped (ADS did honor their warranty).