Originally Posted by Haba
Sorry to hear of your HTPC issues. Can you give more details concerning the blown up HTPC?
Unfortunately it was my own doing (at least partially) A few days ago I noticed that the system had rebooted and had a "recovered from a serious error" message. Upon further inspection I noticed that the 4 Drive RAID-0 Volume was missing from My Computer... Uh Oh.
I suspected the worst that one of the drives was roasted. I had recently moved the computer to the main viewing area and I'd been battling cooling issues, so I thought heat may have cooked at least one of the drives. (fortunately no irreplaceable data on the drives... live TV buffer, a few console emulators, drivers service packs, system image, etc)
After a little bit of tinkering I noticed that individually each drive would spin up and was recognized by the RAID card I was using. (SI3124, being used as a standard SATA controller, and the drives were in a dynamic RAID-0 Volume in windows)
A-HA! Must be a power supply!
So I overnighted a replacement in (most "normal" PSUs won't fit in my case so I have to use a modular unit, plus in order to get all of the bells and whistles working on my case, I have to splice into a few ATX wires going to the motherboard, anywho....) and wouldn't you know it, same problem. Crap!
So now I go about trying to eliminate components, about the time I figure out that the Original PSU was acutally okay, and that the RAID card was bad, A screw rolled off a hard drive cage, onto the motherboard, and ZAP!
Motherboard is toast, and so is the new PSU. Rat farts!
The good news is I've verified that the CPU and RAM are still good (I still have an old "spare" Intel board that was recalled because of some sandy bridge SATA performance issues) so now I have a replacement motherboard and SATA card en route, as well as some 40mm and 60mm PWM fans to keep my case cool (and hopefully quiet)
In the mean time, I've had plenty of time to get all of the wiring in my case sleeved and routed better. I'm also looking to see if I can find a good spot to mount my wireless keyboard receiver in the case where it will still get good reception, so I don't have it dangling off the back. When all is said and done I think it'll be a pretty slick setup again. I'll probably end up posting some pics in the Moncaso320 thread.
Two other things of note....
1) I did finally remember before the NCAA Selection show that my Panasonic Plasma has an ATSC Tuner, so I was able to catch the show.
2) Since my HTPC housed two InfiniTV-4s, once it went down, I became keenly aware of the benefit of network tuners. I'm thinking that'll be the way to go next time, if the CableCard stuff is even in the mix in a couple of years.