Now here I am reading all these problems with drivers for video and flickering and Dolby Digital output problems. Do I dare even try with this thing??
I currently have a ASUS P5G43T-M Pro. Should I just buy an addon video card to aid with the jerky Bluray playback? The P5G43T doesn't handle Bluray very well.
Hi, I'm sure this topic has been covered to death... But i have yet to find a solid answer.
I hope someone here can take the time to explain how to get DTS/DD audio out of this motherboards HDMI port.
I'm running win7x64, I have the latest Nvidia drivers including the HD1.00051 audio driver. HDMI 2.0 works fine... but no DTS/DD
I have no option to select DTS/DD in options... only S/PDIF offers DTS/DD. Using S/PDIF isn't an option for me... I would like to passthru using HDMI
Could someone tell me how this is done... from what I've read in this forum some users have been able to achieve this.
I also have k-lite audio codec installed... and set for 5.1 audio. and use XBMC as my media player
Any feedback would be appreciated, thank you
There is a setting in the BIOS under the 'Advanced' tab, 'OnBoard Devices Configuration' section that is called "SPDIF Mode Setting." I *do not* know if this will work for you as I use the SPDIF output via the SPDIF Optical Output connector. The setting options are: [SPDIF Output] (default) and [HDMI Output]. I hope this helps.
Weiman, approximately what temperature are you achieving with this setup? Also, did you compare temps between with the cover on and with it off? If so, what were your results (if you can remember)?
Just want to give a big thank you for this driver version info. I was having terrible flickering and screen drop outs trying to route the HDMI output through my new Sony STR-DA5600ES receiver using the latest Nvidia 260.99 drivers and Win 7 64 bit. Tried the older 178.24 driver and it now works exactly as it should.
Does 1080p with both cpu cores barely touching 5%, cores never goes above 35C. GPU never goes above 47C.
That is pretty much what I have been running for a couple of years now: E7200 with 2Gb ram for MythTV on Fedora. 1080p is flawless with VDPAU. Some 1080i content less so since the advanced deinterlacers aren't supported.
Using this mb and TMT 5 my avr is showing pcm, but how do I know if this is the lossless hd audio (DTS MA, True HD, etc)?
Is there a program or something within a program that tells you the audio output?
One interesting problem I've had in recent months.
After a while of being in use, or even being asleep, the system will drop the hdds.
It never drops the SSD that the OS is running from, only the 2TB hdd's (previously it was 1TB hdd's, same issue) that I use for TV recording.
Specs of system if they matter:
Antec Fusion HTPC case
Enermax 550w modular PSU
OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD boot drive
2x Seagate 5900rpm 2TB hdd's
Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard w/ 0519 BIOS
Sapphire HD5450 video card
Ceton Quad-tuner Cablecard adapter
Q6600 CPU w/ Zalman HSF
8GB DDR2-800 RAM
+ Able to readily overclock/undervolt with ease
+ Rock solid performance over the past 3 years***
+ GeForce 9300 excellent for HTPC usage, especially 24p playback
+ 6 SATA connectors w/ RAID works great!
+ Easy fan control though SMARTFAN
- ***NForce 9300 chipset gets hot easily. Requires some active cooling against it, otherwise can lock up system.
- Audio could be painful to setup (HDMI and SPIDF)
- Lack of continued driver support from nVidia
- Early hiccups in BIOS (seemed to be Beta release initially). As i learned, once you have a good BIOS that suits your needs, don't change it!
Summary: Great, reliable motherboard overall from Asus. nForce 9300 seemed rush from nVidia accounting for some of the hiccups in BIOS and cooling requirements. Overall driver support had a lot to be desired. Still sets the precedent for a small HTPC / File Server setup till today...
So, let's cut to the chase-- is it possible to boot Windows 7 from one of the black SATA ports? I would assume that this all hinges on making the black Sata ports appear in the BIOS, and I'm not yet sure if that's even possible. If there's no way to boot from the black sata ports, then the only way to make my desired setup work will be to run the a cable from the ESATA port to the inside of my computer so that I can connect it to either the windows SSD or one of the RAID drives. I'm not very keen on that idea, because it seems like it would be a not-so-secure solution in addition to being ugly, but if I can't boot windows from one of the black SATA ports I don't really know what other option I'd have.
Also, I'd like to add a Blu-Ray drive to my setup at some point, but I'm pretty sure that's only going to happen if I can connect it to one of the black Sata ports (my current DVD burner is connected via the IDE port, and all the Blu-Ray drives I'd want are SATA). If anyone can comment on that too, I'd appreciate it.
It's at times like these where I often ask myself "why did I drop $200 on an old Core2 Extreme, and not just buy a new mobo and CPU upgrade combo from Newegg?" Even so, I'm hoping to get as much mileage out of this mobo as I can, so any help making this rig work is appreciated!
Installed everything and it worked. Had to change from SPDIF to HDMI as default. I tried the hdmi audio driver found on nvidia under nforce 730i/GeForce 9300 earlier. But that wouldn't work.
Windows 8 looks very nice on a 55" tv btw!
Tested and Working perfectly on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1
Use the HD Audio driver from the NVIDIA Website. - This is not included in the NFORCE Drivers for this board.
SPDIF Audio Setting in the BIOS set to SPDIF - The HDMI Output on the Display will use passthrough thus making the AMPLIFIER your sound card.
Set AMPLIFIER HDMI Settings to AMP and not TV + AMP, some amplifiers will incorrectly pass the 2 Channel Display Audio to the HDMI.
Use the latest GFORCE Drivers for the Display after installing the NFORCE Drivers.
For a nice little guide from NVIDIA, go to the PUREVIEW HD Site, there is a complete guide there on how to setup a HTPC using the GEFORCE 9300/9400 boards.
Hope this helps someone.
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