Could Dell Be Part of CableCARD Instability?
No doubt that CableCARD has turned out to be a less than stellar
technology from a stability point of view, but could Dell be a big reason why
CableCARD seems so unstable? As a part
investigation into “Restricted Content” errors on CableCARD PCs we have
learned a lot, specifically about Dell.
First of all, Dell has 10x as many CableCARD PCs out then
any other OEM. That’s not incredibly
shocking given the price they have been pushing them out at, but interesting nonetheless. Second, it seems users are targeting their
own issues with Dell’s CableCARD PCs, and their issues revolve
around Dell’s Support Center software.
Several users have commented that removing the software fixed (at least
part of) their problem.
Considering the large amount of Dell XPS 420 with CableCARD,
is Dell’s Support Center software (or other pre-loaded software) contributing
to the constant instability of CableCARD in Media Center?
Update: The Dell
issue has been confirmed
by both Dell and Microsoft