Originally Posted by FireGod
So I posted a while back about problems with the myHD MDP-130 card and the Syntax Olevia LT32HV. It's been quite a while and my wife and I had a baby limiting my time to mess around with this stuff, but I wanted to provide some feedback to the AVS community
So after much troubleshooting, I ordered a VGA to component cable from digital connections, and I have been running component to the LT32HV since. I am running at fixed 1280 X 720p resolutions. I have noticed that the LT32HV does have some detection problems. Some modes seem to be detected as either 720p or 1080i no matter what I have selected for MyHD output resolution.
I also tried several other PCs with the VGA input and I can say that there is something wrong with the VGA input. It once again seems to be an issue where the display will not detect some supposedly supported resolutions and tries to force everything to 1024 by 768 or 1280X720. I am not using the VGA input as a result. Also I contacted Syntax customer support by e-mail and never received anything from them. If I get some time in the next few months, I want to call and harass them about this issue.
Note that my graphics card for the PC is running over DVI and I haven't had any problems with that, however I just run it in 720p which appears to work best for the LT32HV display. The native resolution is 1366 X 768 but my video card does not support this resolution. I haven't got any inputs to detect this resolution, which is a little disappointing but not a deal killer.
So the problem I was having is with the display, not the myHD card it appears. I got it working over component and I am happy so far.
I added a 300GB USB drive to record shows to, and everything is working quite well overall. Picture is great and as long as I have signal, I haven't had any problems with the recording features. The MDP-130 does what it claims and works great on my HTPC despite my paltry hardware specs (900MHz AMD Athlon processor, 512MB single stick of RAM). I have even tried beating the system up by using Winamp to playback music and render a 1024X1024 visualization while recording with the MDP-130. While the visualization frame rate was pathetic, the audio never dropped out and the show I recorded did fine. Excellent!
I use the TitanTV interface to schedule shows, and this works great. Only problem I have had is with the syndicated Simpsons shows that start 5 min. before the advertised time, but that can be corrected manually now that I know about it. Seems like the station is messing with the DVR crowd.
I had some problems earlier with the time shifting, but since I added the new drive and cleared up some other space, I haven't had any problems with this feature. Great feature BTW if you have a baby. I can respond to my babies needs immediately and resume what I was watching when I can.
There are a few areas where I feel the software could be refined (I am running 1.66E):
1. Skip forward/skip back works, but it would be nice to also have the 2X,4X,8X, etc style forward and reverse like a DVD player. That makes it a lot easier to skip through commercials. I get around this somewhat by using HDTVtoMPEG to remove commercials, particularly for movies.
2. Instead of scrolling through all of the playback files, it would be nice to have an OSD window where you could select the file you want to play instead of having to skip through all the files.
3. Hibernate/Standby - I would like to be able to let my PC go into a low power state and wake up to record. Standby seems to work best but it isn't really that much lower power. Hibernate works sometimes but sometime the PC does not go into Hibernate. I am not sure why and I have just started to play around with this stuff. As of yet I haven't been there to witness what happens.
4. Recently I have been getting some crashes of the myHD app when I am navigating playback files. This just started and I haven't quite figured out what the issue is. This could be a Win XP issue as well.
5. Sometimes when skipping around streams, the audio drops out. Most of the time skipping again restores the audio (if not I have found it is generally a problem with the file itself, usually because of a signal drop out.) However the audio does not return sometimes and I have to either skip around the file or worse case, skip back to the begining of the file.
Overall I would say the MDP-130 is a steal for $200 given it's functionality. I am happy with what the card does and it's performance. Thanks to everyone out there that responded to my earlier requests for help.
It's too bad there isn't a MDP-140 on the horizon (MCE compliant?) and some software updates.