Originally Posted by wsume99
So my question was more related to WAF because she channel surfs. If channel tuning is slower with a CC tuner in WMC than it currently is with my cable box then I might be in trouble.
I've only used comcast motorola cable boxes but the w7mc interface, when using a ceton, seems to tune channels quite a bit faster than those motorola boxes. (actually I had a dish box for a while, that was a pretty good box, but I think it was pretty slow changing channels too)
Of course, when I first turn on my htpc, I have to wait about a minute before anything comes in. It sounds so trivial, but when you are used to having tv turn on almost instantly, it gets old. (if anyone knows how to fix this, please let me know, but from what I've gathered, it's the drm that slows everything down and there's nothing that can be done) Then I tried using sleep mode, but have had issues with that as well. I did a rebuild at one point so I still need to get back to trying sleep mode again. At the moment I'm in the habit of just turning on the htpc when I get up, and then whenever the tv gets turned on, the ceton will already be up and running. Then at the end of the day I turn it off.
But then there are other issues. First I had a hardware issue. Twice now, I have had to grudgingly pull out the cable box and hook it up, because some shows that my wife wanted to watch were coming on and the htpc was out of commission. After getting frustrated with that for a few weeks, I think I finally got it resolved with some new memory.
But there's plenty more that can go wrong. HDMI handshaking seems to be a frequent trouble maker. Sometimes when I turn on my tv, I get the wrong resolution and have to go manually correct it. Sometimes the sound doesn't come on. Sometimes I can fix that, others I just have to reboot.
I'm also dealing with (I think) a weak signal, that causes some channels to stutter. Didn't get that from the cable box. I think I need to run some new coax under the house, the current cable is old and not in good shape, and my signal strength is low. So while this and the HDMI thing are not technically issues with the htpc, you will run into peripheral issues that you didn't have with the cable box.
I'm nearing the 3 month mark since I built my htpc. Once I replace the cable under the house, I will be pretty close to returning the cable box to comcast. Hoping for this year. The bad memory really got me started on the wrong foot, but now that the system is stable, WAF is also stabilizing. Because once you have worked thru all the issues... it truly is amazing! Took a little training my wife to get used to it, she was definitely resistant, but honestly it's the exact same buttons you see on any cable box - menu, guide, info, exit, arrows, ok, last, transport controls... you are pressing all the same buttons you would on a cable box, the interface just looks different. Would be no different than switching to a different cable box. Then it's just a matter of learning that now, the menu is just a little bigger, and you can do a lot of things besides just watching tv. The movie library is working out very well, beats popping discs in and out any day.
If your wife is not as excited about the htpc as you are, there's only one way to go - don't return the cable box until you have worked out the bugs.