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Windows media hdtv. system config??

Discussion in 'TVs' started by tim k, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. tim k

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    I have a amd 2.4 gig 512 ddr memory with a nvidia 5200 graphics card. I've got this connected via vga to a 17 widescreen lcd. I know this is quite a basic setup but when checking compatibility for wmvhd the following comes up;

    It appears that your system may not be sufficient to play this movie. This movie requires:
    384MB of system memory - you have 480MB
    64MB of video memory - you have 128MB
    AGP rate of 4x - you have 1x
    AGP Fast Write enabled - yours is disabled
    For more information on WMVHD performance tuning with a Windows XP-based entertainment system, please click here.

    Note that this scale represents an estimate of the performance of your PC in comparison to a hypothetical recommended PC configuration. Please check the complete system specifications before purchasing the movie.

    Also is it truly hdtv via vga connection?? As the lcd doesnt have dvi.
    Can anyone help!? I did a little search on agp fast write and it says it can be enabled in the bios, however searching my bios i find nothing with fast write :(
     
  2. HD_King

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    Can you set your graphics card to AGP 4x or 8x? Or is your motherboard not compatible? Also, make sure you have the lastest driver for your graphics card, and latest chipset driver for your motherboard.
     
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    These 2 parameters are absolutely critical. Without fast writes and 4x AGP you just can't play WMV-HD properly.
    Search on the internet for firmware upgrades for your motherboard that may allow fast writes. That may not be possible, depending on the MB. The easiest solution would be to replace it.
    VGA is OK for HDTV, it has the required bandwidth for HDTV resolutions.
     
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    I've downloaded the latest drives for the fx5200 but theres no sign of an agp option in any of the setttings :( I havent got a clue what my motherboard is, i know its made by asus, and has an amd 2.4gig processor, where can i find firmware for it and how do i find out what exact board it is. I WANT WMV HD!!! all help most appreciated. :)
     
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    I'm pretty sure those settings have to be changed in the BIOS of the motherboard. Go into the BIOS options when you boot your PC and see what options it gives under the AGP settings
     
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    tim k, if you can find out the model number of your motherboard, that would be the most important step. Look for it's manual, the box it came in or open up the computer box and have a look for it. My motherboard didn't support fast writes and 8x AGP until I downloaded a newer chipset driver for it.
     
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    I would recommend downloading :

    Win2k/XP chipset driver 1.03 package update

    A7N266-VM Inf, VGA, Audio, LAN combined driver V 2.45 for Win2000 and WinXP

    From this page:
    http://www.asus.com/support/download/item.aspx?ModelName=A7N266-VM/AA

    And to update your graphics card driver, go here:
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_71.84.html

    Just follow the instructions provided with those files to install.

    Because your motherboard is fairly old, it may not be possible to achieve 4x AGP and Fast Write compatibility with your video card. In that case, you may have to consider purchasing a new motherboard (I had to do this to get WMV HD video running smoothly on my computer).
     
  9. tim k

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    thanks, ill try those, the problem im having is that i dont know if my video card is in the agp slot, its in a pci, it doesnt fit in the brown slot at the top as mentioned above :S
     
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    An AGP graphics card will not work in a PCI slot.
    Are you sure you are not using the onboard graphics capability of the motherboard?
     
  11. tim k

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    After all that i know realise the fx5200 is pci only, and therefore not making use of the 4x agp slot, so i need to find a cheap agp card to replace. Anyone know of any circa 50 quid?
     
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    an ati 9600xt does me fairly well. shouldnt be expensive now.
     

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