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Bye, Bye, ATI.............As an amateur and fellow avsforum member I would like to update and hopefully help others in their quest to install and successfully use MB Theater.
After 4 fresh installs on both Win 7 and Win 8 I continued to be plagued with various audio and video issues. On some movies there was audio without video, video without audio, or the "error processing request". Random movies, different audio streams or movies that once played without issue, would no longer play.
So I switched out the ATI 6570 and installed a Nvidia GT630. Bang, ALL movies playing. If correct audio options are "ckecked" under the Lav audio settings the appropriate hd audio is bit streamed to the receiver. Everything appears to be 100%, and yes I tried various ATI driver sets before pulling it out. I had several years of success with the 6570 which was highly regarded for htpc use, but I am now a Nvidia supporter.
Some things you should know when setting up MB Theater, in my opinion as observed over the past week:
If installing the software on a non multi-channel device (hdmi audio receiver) such as a test bench or desktop monitor, the error message will pop up when trying to play a video with "DTS" and "DTS HD" checked under the lav audio configuration. If all lav audio settings are at default, no errors are encountered. So I recommend that you choose your audio settings once your system is fully installed in your desired configuration. Audio settings under MB2 and Classic are configured under the necessary third party player such as TMT or Power DVD, so I have never experienced this behavior in the past.
It appears that the internal player used in MB Theater is a little touchy concerning audio settings, perhaps this is some kind of hdcp issue?
However, the video and audio quality of the internal player looks and sounds great to me. I think the developers have done an outstanding job of developing their player and I look forward to future enhancements.
I ended up with 8.1 as my final platform. MB Theater is quick and easy to navigate, and Win 8.1 clearly is more efficient with faster load times than the veteran Win 7. If you haven't tried it in you htpc, give it a spin.
Anyone needing help with MB Theater feel free to ask or give feedback. My thanks to those above that made an effort to help me resolve this issue.