My HTPC has to be rebooted at times, yes. Usually once every week in the summer since we don't leave computers running when we're at the summer cabin. In the winter it really depends on if I need to install new hardware or software. When Girder was in Beta I had to reboot a record breaking (for me, anyway) twice a week or so, to install new betas. Oh, this is a computer that's also part of the whole house audio system (with around 50 000 MP3 tracks accessable from several zones, either directly from the sound cards in the HTPC (I have four at the moment, one for DVD playback to the HT and three for the bathroom zone, the bedroom zone and an extra zone in my pillow. Before you ask, I have very bad tinnitus on one ear because of a hunting accident when I was 16 (but two inches to the left, and I wouldn't have that problem - I'd have a hole in my head!) so I need to have something running to be able to sleep. Usually I listen to audio books until I fall asleep.
Now Girder went gold a few weeks ago, and I have rebooted only twice since, to do a backup and then upgrade the nVIDIA drivers. Why? Well, there are a few reasons:
1. Always do a full slipstreamed SP2 installation, an upgrade from anything else to SP2 spells trouble. Believe me, I've been there done that on several computers. Too many different versions of system files, especially DX files.
2. Compulsive backup-syndrome. Every time I change anything (like those graphics drivers) I do a full image backup first, that can be restored in five minutes or so. If anything goes wrong (for instance a new sound card driver that created stabilty problems early this fall) I'll be back to the original setup again in those five minutes. Of course this allows me to experiment as well, like I'm gonna do with Limited sharpen one of these days.
3. And this one's gonna hurt some of you guys: I use a good case, not one of those very sexy, but totally hopeless HTPC cases. Why? Cooling. Plain and simple. All the cases I have seen tested run to hot. Period. My monster Cooler Master Stacker has so good cooling that I can run a Prescott 3.2 @ 3.9 with water cooling and still have no discernable increase in heat on memory or chipset.
Latin-Man, you're demoted to padawan! Lay off the GForce FX 5900, get a 6600. The difference in price sure isn't worth not getting the best out of your HTPC.
Brian, it's fun to try new stuff, unfortunately you won't find any Linux that can compare with a Windows XP SP2 with nVIDIA or dScaler 5 video filters and FFDShow.
My current HTPC has been running trouble free since May (except for the above mentioned experiments), and we have never ever had to reboot in the middle of a movie (I had to reboot before the movie because of the sound card driver, which is why I went back to the previous version), and the last time we lost a movie because of a computer failure must have ben pre XP, in the very bad old days of Windows Millennium (don't laugh, I thought Win2K was only for servers and seriuos workstations back then!).
Now if anybody wants to test my HTPC setup against a scaler, I can provide a full list of components and the image of the harddrive. Do I get any takers on that one? :rolleyes: