If its what I'm thinking of, I occasionally get this (once every month maybe) and just clicking the 5 second back once or twice "unsticks" it. I'm not sure if its a prime issue or a WMC one (I'd guess the later personally).
Personally can't speak to the Ceton tuner, but I also have had 2 Prime's in use now as my only way to view cable tv since they came out, and since the very initial issues, they've been rock solid. Perhaps wait until the SD 6 tuner prime comes out (or the 4 tuner transcoding version) but who knows when they'll be out. For me at least, stability/reliability trumps the extra cable card cost ($4/mo for me on verizon)
Honestly, I would've tried a different HDD to confirm if its the SSD before going through all that hassle that the samsung rep had you do. I've had multiple SSDs that were DOA (All OCZ! ). Not criticizing you but just giving my experiences. I could the motherboard or ram, but testing a different HDD would quickly eliminate that possibility. Good luck, we've all been there before.
Can't speak to Ceton, but I've had two generations of SD hardware (the original QAM tuner and now 2 of the Cable Card ones), and they've been rock solid. I don't own a single cable box and have 4-6 HTPCs/Laptops to watch TV on and I love them.
Again its a personal decision, but I wouldn't go with an internal tuner card. I have my house wired for gigabit and ethernet is the ideal solution.
Can't speak to all of your specific setup, but I've been using a HDHomerun since it came out witih Cable card and it's worked great. If you had one prior, i suggest perhaps trying the cable card version. It's also sounding like your zacate may not be up to the task, but I'd suggest seeing if switching out the tuner helps first before you redo it.
Thanks for all your work on the Quicksync decoder. I was wondering if you knew if either the IB chips g1610 or g2020 work with it? I know they supposedly have quicksync disabled, but I've read different things saying that they may work (possibly depending on what driver is used). Any idea?
Pure speculation on my part, but if they somehow created a plugin for an existing solution (*cough* XBMC), that would meet those needs. Obviously that would need to be a controlled app in some fashion I would think.
Good question, never heard of it before but apparently the PS3 is an example of a DTCP-IP compliant device.Some various links about DTCP-IPhttp://www.wirelessdesignmag.com/ShowPR.aspx?PUBCODE=055&ACCT=0000100&ISSUE=1109&RELTYPE=PR&PRODCODE=000000&PRODLETT=WM&CommonCount=0http://www.iwedia.com/en/software-components/dlna-and-dtcp-ip-protocol-stacksBut sounds like a variety of devices with the right app could be compatible, including tablets/phones, digital media players,...
Curious to see where this will go but it sure sounds promising, and seems to be a workaround the WMC eco-system (and while I would count myself as a big fan of, it's not going to be improving/growing anymore) .
And I'm guessing this is the related subforum for this on their site: