Don't be an idiot like me...


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My experience and a couple of questions.

When I fired up my new (and only) build HCPC for the first time I was expecting one or two problems, but to my surprise, everything seemed to work just fine.... that was until I connected the PC to my Yamaha DSP A2 amp via spdif coax. The sound from both DVD and CD from both my drives was cutting out :confused:

Ahh, driver probs I thought, so proceeded to uninstall all my audio and video drivers, and reinstall the latest ones (Thanks ATI for making their video drivers update so user friendly... NOT) Updated XP, registry tweaks, bios, and generally checked all the internal connections etc etc. Not to mention ages searching this forum for help, all good advice by the way.

Fired it up again (after what seemed hours of work).. Same problem :mad: :mad:

Went to bed feeling pretty p***ed off.

Next day sat and thought, what about the coax cable??? Surely that couldn’t be faulty, it cost me enough so it should be perfect.

Anyway, I had a spare cable, which was just a bit too short for my new set-up, connected it up..... And perfect!!! :D and :rolleyes: at my own stupidity. Exchanged cable for new one and no further problems.

Moral of the story... don’t always jump in at the deep end and think your PC or software is to blame, check your cables first!!!

My spec if you’re interested and a couple of questions:
Gigabyte 7N400 Pro2 MB
AMD 2600+ processor
512 Dual DDR
Asus 9600XT (Has software fan speed control)
Maxtor 160gb HD
Liteon DVD and CD drives
Realtek on board sound pass though (optical or coax)
Windows XP home
Power DVDxp player
Black case with 350W PSU
Z2 via DVI

Next thing to think about is perhaps quieter cooling, and perhaps TT software, but for now, I'm very, very pleased with the result of my hard work. But, I will be back again I'm sure, when the next problem occurs and equally input a little more help if I can to other users of this invaluable forum.

Now my questions:
1. Do I really need the ATI control panel???, as I didn’t reinstall it but everything looks very good so far.

2. I have got D720p to display on my Z2.. Is that the same as 1:1 mapping??? I did'nt need powerstrip for this resolution.

3. 60hz refresh, is that the optimal for the Z2??? Can’t see any flickers anyway. I watch mainly PAL stuff and 50 hz dosent seem to be an option?

Thanks and keep up the good work,



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