Hey Vladd, JavaJack,
I've been gone a LONG TIME, I know!
I was one of the MANY victims of SMDS (Sudden Motherboard Death Syndrome) and it took me 4 months to get my system back up & running (cause I'm REALLY lazy).
One question for JavaJack, I notice that my replacement mobo has a BIG heatsink now over the bios/d2audio (?) chip. Should I be worried about my new board suffering from SMDS as well or did this heatsink address/fix that issue?
EDIT - Disregard the above JJ, I found the answer reading through the 100+ (gasp) pages in this thread. I definitely don't think the problem I had was related to the 65w/95w (or whatever) issue, nor do I think the problem related to heat problems. My case is setup such that the CPU is SURROUNDED by air intake grates and there are SEVERAL fans keeping my case quite cool. Whenever I put my hand up to the fans blowing air out of the case, the air is cool. My guess is that the culprit of the dead boards was probably just a faulty chip (or cam, etc) that came as part of a particular batch of the boards that were ultimately distributed by newegg (were many of us bought our boards). I am confident (hopeful) that the new board I just got back from RMA will give me years (fingers crossed) of HTPC fun.
Anyways, I see that in my absence, nothing has really changed in the SPDIF-IN department. However, if you check out that thread I wrote WAY BACK WHEN about this issue (The Inconvenient Truth About SPDIF Input!
) I have added a new "work-around" using MPC that is pretty good at pushing 2 ch PCM from the SPDIF-IN to all 5 speakers without a noticeable audio delay.
Also, let me throw my hat into the ring with everyone else here to beg MSI (or D2 Audio or Realtek or whomever) to be the first bold soles to provide a solution to the "SPDIF-IN Problem". PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!