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1st HTPC Running - Poor DVD playback ??

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by cosmic023, Apr 19, 2003.

  1. cosmic023

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    Hi All,

    I've finally got my HTPC running, and i'm not really impressed with the quality of the playback.

    No matter what player i use the picture is jumpy, pixelated, and very skippy.

    Is it a hardware or software fault ??

    PC-Spec:

    Intel PIII 1ghz
    Gigabyte GA6 IEML Mainboard
    512MB 133mhz SDRAM Memory (1 stick)
    NVIDA GE-Force4 MX440 AGP Graphics card with TV-Out
    Creative DXR2 x2 Speed DVD Drive & MPEG2 Card
    OS: Win2k Pro
    DVD Software Player: Creative DVD Player (Very Poor Playback)
    PowerDVD XP v4.0

    I think i'll sell the Creative unit on eBay, as it doesn't seem to like my system, and buy a Pioneer 106s DVD drive. Is this better than the Creative unit ?? And could i use this drive with an MPEG2 card, or is their another way to do line doubling (Software or Hardware ??)

    Cheers

    Cosmic023
     
  2. ReTrO

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    I'd go with what you are proposing.

    Sell the Creative bits and pickup anew DVD-ROM drive.

    You'll be lucky to find a new 106S though a this has been disontinued now, there is a replacement though, I think called the 120S. I think it hay be restricted with region changing though.


    Other than that the only other things I'd look at changing would be the GFX card (maybe to a newish Radeon modle) and possibley to get TheaterTeK DVD software.

    What sound card are you using?
     
  3. cosmic023

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    Hi Retro.

    Thanks for the reply. I'll keep an eye out for a Pioneer 106s drive on eBay.

    I'm using AC97 onboard sound, which is ok and it has an SPDIF output on it as well.

    Otherwise i've got a Turtle Beach Montego II soundcard floating around but no SPDIF on this card. Would this be better over the onboard sound ??

    I'll post the Creative unit on eBay then.

    Cheers 4 now

    Cosmic023
     
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    You'd be best sticking with the onboard sound until you can afford something like the M-Audio Revolution 7.1, which is just under the £100 mark.

    That'll be best
     
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    OK, Thanx I'll do that. I've been looking at the M-Audio page for a new soundcard.

    I've been looking at the Delta410 & the Delta DIO2496, but haven't seen the Revolution 7.1. Do you have any prices / retailers ??

    I'll be keeping the GFX card, as i've only bought it just over 2 months ago. Is it really worth upgrading ?? Plus i got it for very cheap anyway !!

    Cheers

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    Cheers Retro,

    I'll add one to the shopping list !! ;)

    Very good spec soundcard for £75

    I'll stick with the GFX card, and spending money on trying to quieten down this beast !! ;)

    Cheers
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    You'll find plenty by myself and others on trying to shutup their PC's.

    My Uni PC is pretty much silent now (can barely hear it at all), and I'm just trying to sort out my PSU for silent running externally.

    Have fun!:)
     
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    I bought a Pioneer 105SZ slot loading DVD rom drive (region free) of eBay this morning for £30. Looks wicked, can't wait to check it out.

    What else do i need apart from a software DVD player ?? (PowerDVD XP v4) I see most people use other types of DVD software player, i just want something that's plug & play and easy to set-up.

    Do i need a hardware MPEG2 decoder, like i did with the creative dxr2 drive, or can my PIII 1ghz & MX440 gfx card cope with this without stuttering ??

    I'll add the M-Audio revolution to my shopping list. What is the basic ATI gfx card suitable for DVD playback. (Not Radion 7000, i've tried one of these before, and was disapointed with the playback quality) Something like a radion 8000 or maybe the 9000 ??

    What are your thoughts ??

    Cheers

    Cosmic023

    PS: I've just d/l Region killer & DVD genie to try out.
     
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    Your PC should run PowerDVD Xp smoothley. The software player won't use the hardware card so it would be best to shift this with the Creative drive.

    Other software to try, I would recommend TheaterTek 1.5, I use this and it's great.

    As for Radeon cards, I'm not sure what the latest and best ones are. I'm sure Jeff or similar will know.

    Have fun!
     
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    Thanks Retro for the info...........i look forward to checking out this drive, let's hope it's better than my first try with the creative drive !! :boring: Let's hope so eh !! ;)

    What is theatre tek, where do i d/l it from ?? Is it easy to set up, and what do i need ??

    Any more threads on choices of radeon cards ?? I'd like to know more info on these cards ??

    Cheers

    Cosmic023
     
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    TheaterTek can be purchased and downloaded from www.theatertek.com

    If you do a search on radeon cards you should find quite a lot.
     

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