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Joined: 11 Dec 2007
New build


SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD05B (Black)
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'll scavange the rest from the current XP/Sage box.

This is only a OTA digital PVR.  Honestly, the only reason I'm replacing it  is that the current box is loud and hot and it doesn't always respond to input or go back to sleep when it should.  Remember the old Silverstone case from years ago that had the two 60mm fans the sounded like twin jet engines?  Yeah, that one.  I hacked up the back to cram in  80mm fans and it was still loud and hot... a real component killer.  Anyway, it will soon be gone.

My real question here is about tuners.  I have:

Vbox cat's eye 150
Vbox cat's eye USB 3560
HD HomeRun

Anyone have these working under windows 7 64 bit?

I assume the HD Homerun will be OK but upgrade advisor had no Vbox info.

Joined: 3 Oct 2006

I know my HDHRs work fine.

Joined: 30 Sep 2006

I wouldn't assume the Vbox'es will work since that company has pretty much abandoned the market. You can try the Vista drivers and see if they work properly under Win 7.

Joined: 11 Dec 2007

Well I got it together and I have to say it is a far cry from the days when I had a "HD ready" TV that weighed 500 lbs and a PVR with a CPU and GPU whose harnassed heat output, could heat the house. 

I love the roomy, well designed case which has 3 120mm fans pulling air in from the sides and out the top.  Bit loud, but after I undervolted them they're fine.

The i3 and Asus mobo work beautifully. 

The HDHR's work as promised, thanks

Matt, the Vbox 150 seems to work fine with Vista drivers (after a windows update). 
The USB 3560 actually worked but always crashed my system coming out of sleep.  I'm throwing in the towel on that one.

W7MC gives me more grief than all the hardware...
Audio was making me crazy.  I got 5.1 at the desktop but not at the media center.  Finally found the check boxes I needed to UNcheck.  Let the software control... FIXED.

Last thing to get a handle on is the relationship between the desktop and media center concerning sleep/suspend /hibernate.  This is making me crazy. 
I set the bios to S3 which seemed the best (most power saving) option.
I set Win 7 to suspend which I took to be S3 and I think it does (power light goes out) if I put it into that state from the desktop.  However, the W7MC appears to only go to standby (S1). 
Bottom line... once it comes out of S3 to record it never goes back to S3, only S1.  I suppose there is a hidden setting somewhere.  Wink

Joined: 12 Aug 2007

My Vbox 150 works fine in Windows 7 32 bit.

Joined: 3 Oct 2006

There is a MCE Sleep tool link floating around here somewhere. I use that to shut my machine down when it is inactive and then I wake it up with an App on my WHS when I need remote access.

Joined: 20 Feb 2012

I'd dump the VBox cards. Both have long since been abandoned. I've got a 3560 working under Windows 7 64-bit with the Vista drivers, but it's more hassle than it's worth. Channels that scan at 100% on my HDHomerun don't even come up on the 3560. Not to mention that it doesn't work under Mythbuntu, either.

I'd consolidate by getting either a Hauppauge HVR-2250 or another HDHomeRun. You'll be gaining another two tuners, not to mention greater reliability. I have to make sure that shows on certain networks don't get steered to the 3560.

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