Recently we dropped from DirecTV to antenna, but missed some of the cable channels that we had grown accustomed to. (E!, Disney, Cooking, etc) We had used an HDHomerun for OTA on our HTPC for a few years and it worked great. I started with a 780G chipset, 4GB RAM, etc and then later upgraded (downgrade?) that to an E-350 Zacate rig with 4GB RAM and an SSD which seemed to work fine.
Recently I picked up an InfiniTV 4 USB and had the cable company come out and get me hooked up and things started going downhill from there. First off, the Zacate rig was just crippled by the CC setup. Recording a couple things and trying to watch another just ground it to a halt. I had Windows 8 Pro on that PC. I dusted off the 780G PC that was laying around and moved the CC setup to that and things got better, but it's still goofy. I started running into a lot of copy-protection errors so I put a 7750 video card in that was in an extra computer I had and that seemed to fix those errors since I was able to run current video drivers.
I was still having issues with perhaps power settings, even though I think I have them all turned off. Almost every night when I go to bed I make sure that the TV is playing something on one of the channels because I found that when I left it at a menu it didn't tend to work in the morning. Sometimes just unplugging the HDMI cable and putting it back in would fix it, sometimes I had to do a forced reboot. If I left it on a channel it tended to work better, but still not perfect. Lately it's been getting worse. For instance, I went to bed last night and it was playing the local ABC station. I woke up this morning to an unresponsive computer and had to force a reboot. A few weeks ago I transferred the 60GB SSD from the Zacate box into the 780G box, but I didn't reinstall Windows and everything seemed to work fine. Generally I don't do that, but I wanted to get the HTPC back running quickly since it's our entertainment hub.
Upon reboot, it always takes a few minutes before the tuners are available. Not sure if it's a CC thing, a tuning adapter thing or a Windows thing. This morning I left for work and I had finally gotten ABC to play. My wife got a hold of me all ticked off and said that is the only channel she can get to work and why are we paying for cable if we can't watch it.
Thought I'd bounce this question to you guys to see if you could help.
I would think my options are:
1. Ditch the HTPC for TV and suck up the fact that I spent ~$200 on the InfiniTV4 and a Tivo Slide Remote Pro and pay the outrageous $20 a month for the Charter DVR
2. Reinstall Windows 8 and rebuild everything and see if that helps
3. Get a new processor/mobo/RAM and start everything from scratch. I'd rather not go that route since money is tight and the wife wouldn't be thrilled if I dropped another $200 on more hardware
4. Change settings based on suggestions from the forum.
5. Go back to antenna and miss out on channels that we like.