I`ve been running mce 05 on XP (32) for some time now, but of late I`ve been getting slight horizontal lines of interference, flickering you could say especially when the scene on tv pans fast left or right. So I thought I`d try Vista 64 a try (again). been on for a week now but with my current mobo, an Asus M2A-VM HDMI, set to 1080p (samsung lcd also 1080p) I get constant total screen flicker. Setting the output to 720p helps alittle as does setting the refresh to 50 or even 30 hz.
Second issue is trying to watch downloaded episodes of Lost, Heroes etc in MKV format with 5.1 ac3 audio. Tweaking ffdshow I can get, in sync, stereo audio out but only by ensuring ffdshow osd is ticked. Trying to select ac3 spif out just ends up with about a 5 second out of sync audio. Now this all worked a dream with XP MCE, but I do like the vista MCE.
All the above is just a little background and if anyone knows the answer to getting mkv files with ac3 audio content to play in Vista 64 I`d be most grateful. The question is, does the MA 78 board play 5.1 sound out of the optical spdif for my Logiteck z5500 speakers to decode. I`m not in need for top of the range hdmi audio out (not sure what that is to be honest) but I want a bit more than just stereo!!! Secondly, I thinking of installing Vista 32 bit to resolve lack of 64 bit support, notaby AC3 output. Anyone have any problems with Vista32 MCE and add ons (my movies etc). Many thanks.