Well, I gave MythTV a good go, but in the end I had to ditch it. I had endless problems getting my USB tuners to come back up reliably after sleep, and I also had some strange crashes and other issues.
For reasons that anyone with a wife and small children will understand, it's a high-severity incident of the worst degree when your media center keels over for some reason in the middle of the day just before nap time. So, back to Windows.
Anyway, I had a few adventures with that - my first Windows install corrupted itself and died after a week, which wound out being because of some bad RAM installed in the HTPC box. Removed that and rebuilt it again, and it appears OK. What's notable is that I had that RAM installed when I was running Fedora, which makes me think that perhaps all the problems I was having with MythTV were actually the bad RAM all along...
Currently, I'm running with MediaPortal
instead of Windows 7 Media Center, on Windows 7 32-bit. I've also done some cleverness with Shepherd
so that I'm able to use the Shepherd EPG on Windows (details to follow).
Installation and setup is pretty straightforward for Windows running a Media Center. I'll give more detail in following posts, but what you'll need is this;
Windows 7 32-bit (64-bit will work too, but it's a bit more complicated with codec setup)
Shark007's codec pack (contains all the codecs you'll need)
UltraVNC (for remote management)
Microsoft Hotfix KB977178 (fixes problems with large hard drives vanishing on resume from sleep)
After installation, set the following registry keys;
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache = 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Parameters\Size = 3
This prevents issues with nonpaged pool exhaustion on Windows 7 when running a media center. You may also want to look at TweakPrefetch
, but SuperFetch is a lot less obtrusive on Win7 compared to Vista, so your mileage may vary.
Anyway, I'll write up a brief comparison of four different media center types shortly. It's a shame to have gotten rid of MythTV since it provided a lot of great features, but I couldn't have my tuners randomly not coming back up when resuming from sleep.