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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by jason t, Mar 27, 2001.

  1. jason t

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    hi i've got a pioneer 606 dvd player and i connect it to my projector via a component lead.
    do you think i would get a better picture if i used my computer with my projector and power dvd?
    or if i used my computer and my dxr3 card?
    i have an intel celeron 466 with 128 meg of ram
    is there any way of outputing dts on my computer?

    thanks alot

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    With the Celeron 466 you should probably go for the hardware decoder, but you should give powerDVD or WinDVD or go (I like WinDVD best). With the latest versions of PowerDVD and WinDVD you can output a DTS digital stream without decoding using the digital SP/DIF out on a sound card to an amp/receiver with the suitable onboard decoder. I think that only Yamaha do a sound card with a built in DTS decoder.
     
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    i have heard that if you use a hcpc for playback of dvd's into a projector it acts as a scaler!is this true does it act the same as progressive scan?
    can i use dxr3 for this or just power dvd3 because on power dvd i can alter resolution!

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    HTPCs can be just as good as scalers, but you still need the right level of hardware.

    A starting point would be;

    500+ Mhz processor
    Geforce 2 MX agp graphics card
    Any soundcard with a SP/DIF out (as long as you have a receiver/amp at the other end)
    128MB ram.
    And of course a DVD-rom.
     
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    Taking the vga output into a PC, you get progressive scan. And the software - Power DVD etc is indeed acting as a scaler to produce whatever resolution you set your PC to.
    Forget the dxr3.
     
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    so if i purchase a pentium 3 500 will that be ok ?
    what sound card do you recommend?
    i already have 128 meg ram!!

    thanks jason
     
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    oh yeah why do i need a graphics card?
    wont my onboard graphics do?

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    The only 2 video chipsets that cut the mustard are the Geforce 2 and the ATI Radeon.
    While I think that a PIII 500 would do the job I would hope that you would aim little higher, you can get a PIII 800 for £150 incl VAT. Or for less than a £100 go for another Celeron (700Mhz +) For the sound card a Guillemont Fortissimo for about £35 will do the trick.
     

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