I finally went out and upgraded my HTPC (freevo) machine after having some small frustrations with the setup on the Epia M10000 platform. It was just a little underpowered to handle high quality xvid codecs and such. I also had a small problem with sound skipping ever so slightly on dolby/dts dvd's every so often that I never did figure out. It was hardly detectable but just one of those things that bothers you once you notice it.
So anyways, I moved to an athlon xp 2000 system which has tons of power for what I'm using it for (just divx/xvid/dvd's). I purchased a M-Audio Revolution 7.1
sound card for the system to get a spdif output to my reciever. It works really well after finding out how to direct audio to the spdif output. Everything is setup and working well now, and my newest problem is noise/heat. I've got a zalman flower cpu fan on it, and added some sound dampening which has helped, but it does run at about 68C under load (and not much less idle). It seems to be stable however so I'm just going to go with it. I might keep an eye open for a Duron cpu or something that might produce a little less heat and swap that in there maybe.
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