Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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This has been the most frustrating PC build I have ever done. I can't get smooth playback at all for BD and HD-DVD discs, at least not reliably. Here's my specs:
Intel C2D E7400
2x1GB PC 800 RAM
GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H (using the onboard nVidia Geforce 9400 GPU)
LG Super Multi-Blu drive
WD 1Tb Green HDD
Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit
I'm using TMT3 for playback, and most of the Blu-Ray movies I try to watch wind up a stuttering, frame-dropping mess. Some are worse than others. Audio works fine, but the video is almost unwatchable. I have the resolution set to 1080p, 59hz. I've tried with and without HWA, 60 and 59hz refresh rate, audio mixer on and off. The only real thing I've found that seems to help somewhat is running TMT3 outside of the VMC interface and turning HWA off. Still, CPU utilization is through the roof with the hardware assist off. CPU usage is 97-100% (with VMC running, 70% without) during the entire playback process. If I turn HWA on, it drops to around 40% (With VMC running, 24% without). Isn't this abnormally high?
I've done everything I know to do, I'm using the most recent drivers for all hardware bits, including the newest 1.03 firmware for the LG drive, Vista is fully patched. I'm running into some mental roadblocks and could use a fresh thought on this. There are other issues I'm having with this build, but really the whole point was getting set-top like BD and HD-DVD playback and I can't get it. I get the feeling I'm missing something painfully obvious, but I don't know what.
Please experts, lend me a hand. If there's any details missing let me know, I can fill them in. I want to get this working before my wife shoots me.