I've just spent all weekend building my HTPC. All has not gone smoothly and I have quite a few bugs to iron out which I'll be addressing.
Firstly, I can't get hardware acceleration for Freeview to work. I'm using the integrated graphics which has H.264 built in, and an HDMI out (but I'm using VGA out into my LCD TV for now ).
Specs: Asus P5Q-EM motherboard, Core 2 Q6600, 4Gb RAM, HVR 2200, 1Tb HDD, Vista Enterprise.
I'm trying to get HA working in Freeview in MediaPortal. I've also tried to get it going in Cyberlink PowerCinema by editing the ini files as posted herehttp://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=83&TopicId=22139
Then I tried to get it going in MediaPortal using the instructions at http://cranznz.googlepages.com/
also to no avail.
I've been trying to use the PowerDVD codec in MediaPortal. But I see no reduction in CPU usage between using the PDVD8 codec and the Powercinema codec PCV45. CPU usage is between 30% - 40% while watching TV3.
Any pointers? I see in another thread (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=84&TopicId=25271) datahawk got his HA going and has 2.5% CPU usage.