Originally Posted by shinaku
I'm on Time Warner Cable and want to cut out the cost of $20 a month for their dvr so I considered replacing it with HTPC. I already have an old Dell XPS 420, Win7, and media center remote and I'm trying out the HDHomeRun Prime right now but this is where I question the choice. I've only had it for a few days and when it works it's great, but so far everyday there's something that I have to fix like losing random channel signals (not because of weak signals), rebooting/reset, or issues with WMC. Sure TWC cable box isn't great but it's mostly hassle free and I'm ok with the storage space. So in the long run, is it really worth putting up with the issues over paying the monthly fees? Or am I doing something wrong with my setup? Plus my power usage might rival the rental fee?
On another note, it seems like most of the issues is with WMC so is there a way or device where I can just bypass it altogether? I'm a HTPC noob so any advice is appreciated.
How is your prime connected to the HTPC?
Lost signal seems to be originating with the signal it self or the tuner, HTPC has nothing to do with it.
Power use with HTPC may even be less than company provided DVR. When we had the Verizon FiOS DVR, it drew 130 Watts constantly. HTPC draws 150 when in use with all 4 tuners, and about 30 when idle.
Originally Posted by lockdown571
IMO, the most reliable thing to do is to for WMC is this:
-setup WMC on a clean Windows installation,
- make very minimal adjustments (like installing mychannel logos, Ceton Companion services)
-tell your bios to restart the computer automatically in the event of a power outage
-remove the monitor, keyboard, and mouse
-put it in a corner somewhere
-stop messing with it
Then use extenders for live television and DVR. This was reliable enough to setup for my parents. I wouldn't dream of setting up an HTPC for them that they interface with directly. I personally think the full Windows operating system has wait too much baggage. Too much can go wrong, especially as you make more changes. Maybe I just have bad luck (for instance, anytime I ever installed Shark codecs, live TV would just completely break, forcing me to reinstall Windows), but that's my experience. And don't get me started on Catalyst...
Anyways, I also have things set up this way at home, and for personal media I've starting using OpenELEC. I have found the OpenELEC + WMC extender combination excellent, and I will never use a Windows based HTPC again.
I agree, clean install, lock down in media only mode, boots right into WMC. I built one for my parents too, with a ceton card. I did not even tell them it ia computer, as that would freak them right out. There is no keyboard, no mouse, just a remote, and a box connected to their TV, and a Linksys DMA 2100 connected to the other TV. HTPC never goes to sleep, stays on at all times. Kind of "set it and forget it" thing.