Originally Posted by Bahn Yuki
well I have Hybrid power working which completely KILLS the 9800GTX. I'm serious, there's a green LED that comes on this card when it's active. Nothing when inactive...
UPDATE: not only is the card dead, the FAN is too! I renabled just to make sure I didn't fry things out, but it's still working! Hybrid power really works quite well!
BTW this ECS board gets MASSIVE stuttering with sound just playing a simple MP3 in Winamp. Something is going on here, as I'm getting hiccups left and right in simple web browsing. Sadly this isn't just isolated to HDMI as it occurs during my headphones too.
I'm going to install process explorer and get to the bottom of these "hiccups"
Bahn, the hiccups with the ECS board sound exactly like what I was getting. Investigate if you want, but I would save myself some time and just RMA it to NewEgg like I did. I spent many hours trying to solve it. I could get smooth playback right when I turned on the board, but after 5-10 minutes the hiccups returned, regardless of what I did, even with a fan directly blowing on it.
i got the biostar board today and so far it has been great. the heatsink is slightly warm to the touch, as opposed to the one on the ecs, which would burn you if you left it in the ambient. back to the biostar board. win xp2 install went smoothly, though the hdmi audio situation is the same regardless of driver, either two channel or always 7.1 channel.
I tried powerdvd 8, got the same "Incompatible Graphics Driver" message as renethx. this is with a measly Athlon 3200+. Cyberlink/nvidia really need to get this situation straightened out though.
tried nero 7 oem version for sd dvds and it worked great, smooth and dd 5.1 came fine as bitstream when i selected "SPDIF" in the audio. no luck with hd-dvd though, but i didn't download any updates or purchase the plug-in, so no real surprise there.
But, I have also had great success with Arcsoft. I downloaded the (fully featured) trial and played my Batman Begins Hd-DVD from the hard drive with truehd seemingly working fine (again, there is no SURE way to know, since the receiver always say Multichannel LPCM), but it is indicated as such in the arcsoft menu. Without HA, my CPU usage was at 100% (no surprise with a single core), but when I clicked the HA button (while the move was playing even), it went down to 40-70% and stayed there. playback was very smooth. there was some slight tearing in high action scenes, but I was impressed that it works as well as it does with such little processing power. Of course, Arcsoft doesn't have an option for PLIIx, so I am still stuck with 5.1! But, still good news. From the disc, it will still play, but not nearly as smoothly. I also tried transformers from disc (AVC codec vs. VC-1), and it played also, but not smoothly. At the moment, I'm ripping TF to the hard drive and will let you know how it goes. Of course, renethx has already beat me to the punch
with AVC playback, but if it plays as well as Batman, I'll be impressed. Later today I'll switch in the processor from my other machine, the 5000+ X2 BE which runs at 3 ghz, so I think things will be even better when that happens. Also, I used the japanese renderer files that DPlettner posted. Without them, I just got a blank screen. I have attached them here if others want to try them out. Just replace the ones in your "Program files\\Common files\\Arcsoft\\Mpeg engine" folder with the ones in the file.
I'm going to investigate to see if there is a way to get PLIIx type functionality in mplayer classic, but maybe I'll get ambitious and try the Nero plug-in later today.
ArcSoft EVR-VMR Renderers From JP Trial (for Intel IGP).zip 164.6171875k . file