Originally Posted by User7007
I wanted to see if there are any current 8000u owners out there that are running Windows Media Center with an Nvidia Based video cards and are experiencing Video "Blackouts" when watching TV???
I think the issue really lies with bad Video Drivers and the inability to provide a decent HDMI Handshake with the projector but wanted to ask in this forum before I post a similar post in the HTPC section of this forum...
Would love to hear any posts or suggestions!
This may not be what you'd like to hear but these kinds of problems are why I gave up on HTPC a long time ago. Home theater and compatibility with other A/V equipment is not a core competency or priority for Microsoft or Nvidia. I'm sure they're smart enough to get interoperability right if they wanted to, but I think they just don't care that much. You can be sure that Windows Media Center is at or near the bottom of Microsoft's priority list right now, assuming it's not EOL already, as they have other things to worry about like having their lunch eaten by Google and Apple. Plus, if you ask them about home theater they'd probably say why don't you just get an XBox instead please. As for Nvidia, again, they might be aware of interop problems but their focus is on PC gaming and getting into gaming consoles. If they do update their drivers to address these problems it will be slow and imperfect, was my previous experience. I just got tired of dealing with little annoyances like this and waiting for fixes.
Of course I haven't had an HTPC in years so maybe things are not all that bad, but your anecdote reminds me of why I gave up in the first place. But I feel like the big picture is several years ago the PC people threw together the HTPC concept to try to catch a wave. It didn't catch fire (to mix metaphors) and they now have other things to think about so the leftovers from that time are decaying.