I have recently built a new htpc with the below specs..
2. asrock z68 pro-m
3. crosair 4gb ddr3 (1600 mhz)
4. Win 7 ultimate ( 32 bit version )
5. LG 16x bluray drive
6. LG 23 inch LED monitor ( Full HD )
7. Software used : powerdvd 9 / power dvd 12 ( 30 day trial ) / MPC HC / VLC media player
I tried playing couple of bluray discs and the output and PQ was not satisfactory. I have tried using all of the above media players. There were several 'grains' and sometimes 'shades' / shadows on the screen. I have also tried some 1080p HD videos from 'you tube' and it wasnt smooth or impressive either.
But, when I played the same blu ray discs with a bluray player ( connected to LED tv or asus projector ) the PQ was impressive!!!!
why would there be a difference between 'bluray player' and 'bluray drive' playback?...how can I achieve similar PQ on a HTPC as well?...pls help.
do you have the latest Intel driver? Have you tried playback with something like Shark007 codec pack and WMC or WMP classic?
edit: the latest Intel driver can be found HERE for 32 bit and HERE for 64 bit. Do NOT NOT NOT install the Intel driver via Windows update. In fact, I make it a practive on ALL my PC's to NEVER intall hardware drivers from Windows update. It's a good practive to get in to.
I'm using an i3-2120T with HD2000 graphics, 16gb ram, Win 7 x64, no codec packs or anything like that installed. Playback in both 2D and 3D is working fine using the latest version of Total Media Theatre (5.2). So I'd think your processor should be capable ... good luck!
Have you changed or adjusted the settings for the input that your HTPC is connected to in your HDTV? This can make a big difference.
Have you installed ALL the drivers including ALL the Intel drivers?
I don't use the HTPC to playback Bluray discs (I have a Panny bluray player) but I would try a different program. Also I would consider ripping to another format like MKV and playing it back outside the player altogether in something like MPC-HC, WMC, XBMC, etc to see if that changes things.
OP: most TV's have something where you can see what kind of signal the TV is getting. For example, on mine, if I hit the info button on the TV remote, it tells me 1080p. Do you have something similar? What Im after is...are you sure the TV is getting the proper signal?
For the blu ray disk playback only, how is the pc connected to the display? Don't most playback apps scale down if you are analog connected via VGA?
Rather than crawling around to reconnect the cable, just slap the trial of anydvd hd in place and that will stop it from scaling down.
Also, yes, the 2100 IGP is 100% capabale of great quality blu ray.