Originally Posted by rajdude
IMHO your problem is NOT Vista related.....we have hundreds if not thousands here who use Vista MC without any problems (including me). I would NEVER even think of Tivo or any other DVR.
-- Me too. My workstation runs 24-7. Reboot only for updates. Perfectly happy with it as an OS. It's MC. And I'm pretty happy with the whole thing.
I think your problem is that you are dealing with two technologies which are still in their infancy in the PC world...........fortunately both have easy workarounds which works 100% fine!
-- Maybe. But MC has been around for a few years. And I bought my first HDMI card over a year ago. But two of them for $269 each! All based on the propaganda. I think the cards are probably fine. It's the drivers most likely.PROBLEM: ATI's HDMI drivers.
Drivers are one thing but HDMI itself has issues too......if you switch HDMI inputs some devices (TVs, AVRs) they cant sync back or cant sync fast enough.
-- Sure. But MY TV (LG) and my DirecTV DVR seem to never sneeze. Although I nearly returned the TV because of OTA HD sound. That was solved at the last minute (of my 30 day return period) with a firmware update.
Personally I have a DVI (on my PC) to HDMI cable to my plasma.........I NEVER have any HDMI related issues. But then I am not switching anything.....and I am NOT sending audio over HDMI.
-- Agreed. Before I added the HD DVR on HDMI 2, it never lost picture.Solution: Use DVI to HDMI on a DVI video card
dont use a HDMI video card.
Try not to switch using your AVR. Can your TV do HDMI switching?
-- Actually I'm not running the HDMI through the AVR. Just the opposite. Running the two HDMI sources to the TV on HDMI 1 and HDMI 2. Using TV speakers for news and most programs. TV has optical out that goes to the AVR. When watching sports or movies, get whatever format comes out of the HTPC or HD DVR. I found surround sound-- even "Hi Fi" annoying when just watching news, etc.
I realise it is easy for me since I have only one source....everything is done on my HTPC....DVD, OTA TV, Dish network, Blu-ray playback ...EVERYTHING!
For you it may be different.Problem: audio over HDMI
Here we come to another thing.....audio over HDMI is still in its infancy in the PC world. some stuff works, others dont.
-- infancy? Arguable. Some works and some doesn't-- definitely.Solution: Just feed spdif from your HTPC to your AVR
....why bother with HDMI right now?
-- HDMI is the only way to get sound in with DIGITAL picture. I could use component video but not with the HD 3450 card. If I switch to my other cards, I get media center stutter.
-- Actually, today I hooked up the TV using a standard VGA cable and PC stereo cable. To extend it, I'm using a KVM switch. Picture is great. Probably because the RGB-PC input on the TV just maps the PC's 1920 x 1080 pixels 1:1. HDMI inputs requiring scaling with CCC depending on which driver version. I wanted to test it before buying a 10 ft. high-quality cable. Also, my short VGA cable has all 15 pins in it. The 10 ft. cable I will buy is missing one pin. The same pin as the KVM switch. Apparently it is not necessary.
-- I'll run VGA and analog stereo for a while. Had it with HDMI, DRM, HDCP, and all that. (I'll get over it!). Only minor problem is that the volume has to be turned up a bit for the HTPC via VGA and analog. When switching back to DTV DRV, it blasts. Wife wakes me up when I'm snoozing and she takes over the remote.
But bottom line....if it does not work for you......go Tivo!
-- Obviouse issue with Tivo is subscription cost. We had a Tivo/DirecTV DVR. It worked well until the drive crashed. Got a few years out of it. Now DTV and Tivo have parted company of course.