So I wanted to post an update on my HTPC build that I first posted about 20 pages ago: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post20053437
Since then I have added the Ceton InfiniTV board in, and a 2TB WD AV GP Spec HD. I havent used the Ceton board yet because I havent picked up Cable TV in the place we just moved to yet (which is saving me ~ 80$/mo at this point!). But otherwise the machine is workin great once I got codec issues sorted.
So it seems I was spoiled using Nvidia boards in my HTPC's and the CoreCodec. That thing just worked brilliantly all the time. With the iGP, getting everything to work was a bit more of a headache. Some things I had to do:
1. Clean rebuild from scratch - I had the CCCP codec pack, Core, and some other things in there... after pulling all that out and putting the Shark007 pack in nothing worked quite right.
2. Installed the Shark007 on the clean build and set it to the recommended config.
3. Everything worked OK, but I had some bad stuttering issues, and glitching on Xvid videos. Most SD stuff was having issues, and some HD h.264 also had problems. I played with different codec settings didnt seem to fix it. I turned off EIST in the BIOS and that resolved some of the issues (Audio glitching, and some freezes as the CPU goes between C states). But still the problem wouldnt recitfy itself.
4. In the Shark codec tool, I changed the Xvid, and h.264 stuff to both use the MS decoder, Gabeset splitter, and life instantly got better. Now both play back perfectly, and I can fast forward and reverse smoothly and quickly. Using FFD Show MT or libavcodec both had glitching issues on the machine for some reason.
Not sure if the MS decoder just works better with the iGP than the FFD SHow stuff, but this works great with minimal CPU use. I had issues also getting the DXVA stuff to work consistently on the 2400S CPU.
4. I havent seen or noticed any playback issues regarding the whole 24p Stuff... Not that I watch a whole lot of 24p video, but I just left the sync rate set to 59 or 60Hz and stuff just works. I also have Remote Potato installed which lets me stream videos (via transcode) direct off my HTPC to any iDevice. The 2400S has enough power to stream 1080P videos down to a pretty good res while my wife is watching other videos on the box. the main reason I installed the app though was so I can do remote schedule changes on the DVR once we pick cable up.