My HTPC started with an Asus hdav slim together with TMT3.
Last week I got rid of my Asus and graphics (HD3650) card and replaced it with a new HD 6850.
I also upgraded to TMT5 on the day when patch ..87 came out, I was pretty happy when I learned that I seem to have picked the right day after reading this thread here (all pages!).
For DVDs and BluRays I use TMT5 WMC7 plug In together with MediaBrowser - all movies are folder rips, all audio is bitstreaming of course.
Well, first I used the Realtek HDMI drivers, but Dolby TrueHD bistream didn't work (pcm and loud noise!), funny but DTS MA worked...
I was glad to find this thread here and by accident I found the reason - only ATI drivers do the trick with HD audio, so I did that and it workes.
Saved me lots of trouble and time I guess.
Everything works perfectly except these hiccups sometimes that many guys seem to experience.Short freezes or stutter, hdd lights are constantly flashing in these seconds and then sound catches up again - all in all about a 5-6 seconds hiccup/stutter.
I can't reproduce it and still try to figure out what causes this, but it seems that the C drive is under stress when this happens.
There is no antivirus active and indexing is also off - no background process running that stresses the cpu really hard.
Well I do have something under suspicion: the mediabrowser service, introduced with 2.3.0.
For MKV I use WMC7 with ffdshow/Haali, audio is bitstreaming perfectly within WMC7 too.
Of course I would like to have a good mkv support in TMT5, quality seems to be great, but I miss the option to switch audio streams or subtitles.
Anyways, WMC7 and the codecs (shark007 pack) do that for me, so I am satisfied.
Ok, now my question:
I learned that I should deactivate hardware acceleration in TMT5.
What about the video settings in ATI CCC?
After installation of the latest driver there were various options that haven't been there with my HD3650 (old crap I know).
I posted some screens and maybe someone can point out what options to activate and what and why
I understand that these settings interfer with TMt5 when hardware acceleration is enabled, but do they kinda mess up the picture when using other players?
And what pixel settings would be best to use?