My new Media PC is great. Except it skips on recordings. Watching recorded programs in stop-motion animation is pretty bad.
The main reason appears to be processor power. With up to 4 simultaneous recordings (2 HD, 2 standard) this isn't completely unreasonable. The problem is that power maxes out at 50% because much of Windows/Media Center/Tuner drivers appear to only use one core. Which is definitely not something I thought of when purchasing my processor. I'm actually considering getting a cheap one-core processor to see if I get better performance.
During research though, I found the E4300 to be eminently overclockable. Even in my less than ideal Shuttle PC I got 10% easy already with more yet to come. Hopefully that will be enough to solve my problem until Microsoft/Hauppauge catch up.
How come there aren't any utilities to help analyze recorded files (post or during recording) for problems like this? Sounds like a moneymaker.