Originally Posted by kapone
Update on the system.
Threw in a gigabyte 8500GT, the onboard video got deactivated automatically (it's set to auto in the BIOS), and horrible stuttering on video and audio. Random thoughts of strangling nvidia, gigabyte, microsoft, antec...were running through my head...
Decided to reinstall Vista. I deliberately went back and did a factory reset on the BIOS ("Load optimized defaults"), and did not overclock anything. The 5000 is running at it's rated speed.
Reinstalled from scratch.
- Basic Install
- Install chipset drivers
- Let Windows do its thing for all required updates.
- Installed latest Realtek Audio driver from the gigabyte website.
- Installed the Antec VFD driver.
- Installed official 163.69 video drivers from nVidia.
Reboots wherever asked for.
- Aero enabled for Vista, including transparent glass.
- Sidebar disabled and closed.
- NO other services have been shut off/disabled.
whoa!! Butter smooth system. Hell, it runs smoother than when I had it overclocked before! (note to self..don't get too enthusiastic with overclocking. Sometimes it's good to leave things alone.) I think the smoothness is due to he memory and FSB and CPU working the way it's supposed to, instead of forced timings.
- Installed HDHomerun drivers, went throught he channel scan.
- Did the registry tweaks to enable the DVD Library.
- Pointed the Library to my photos, video and music collections.
- Live 720p/1080i HD takes about 18-20% CPU now (vs 40-50% before).
- SD DVD playback takes about 8% CPU now. (The hardware MPEG2 decoding does do it's thing on the 8 series. Which is to be expected).
- HD DVDs from the network using PowerDVD latest build run at ~30% CPU now! (as opposed to 50-60% CPU before). Very nice, and silk smooth.
- Still have to test direct from disk HD DVD playback from the Xbox drive.
The system is uber stable and responsive, even with all the Vista "eye candy" turned on. No lag whatsoever. And the video plays very very smooth... I'm impressed. The one thing I have learned over the years, is that a lot of times, it's not the hardware but the software that causes issues with an install. Especially how it's installed and configured (and in what order).