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I can't watch blu ray anymore on my htpc...! Please help me out. :)

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
My htpc is a dell 530 with a e6600 cpu at stock speed.
I'm using xp pro mce, all updated.
My videocard is ati: 2600xt, pcie.
I have 2 gigs of ram.
I have a sata hdd.
I use powerdvd ultra 7.3 and I have tried the ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 trial as well.

What happens? What is going wrong? You may ask.
The problem is in certain movie, not all of them, the video goes all blocky and the colors go funny.
My test disk to reproduce this problem is Babylon A.D with Tooroop talking to Sister Rebeca on the bridge outside of the safe house, the sisters home.
She walks down the bridge then tells him her three rules and during the three rules part the video goes all ugly.

I tried this same part on my ps3 and it is fine with no errors in the video.
The same thing happens in a different movie as well, The Chronicles of Riddick. It's not as noticeable but it's enough to look real ugly. And it happens a lot more in this movie than in Babylon A.D.

I don't want to watch blu ray on my htpc because the video is ugly, and I don't want to watch it on my ps3 since the sound is ugly through the toslink to my z-5500.
On my htpc I have a prelude x-fi and it sound awesome to me,a nd it's nt awesome to hear the sound from toslink to my z-5500.
So I'm all gimped up as far as blu ray watching goes imho.

My question is about the videocard.
Would buying a nvidea card help the problem go away?
Which videocard do you suggest, my pc can only supply power to the videocard through the pcie slot, so I need a videocard that doesn't soak a lot of power but still plays hdcp without messing the picture up or being ultra loud.
post #2 of 10
You current card is kinda on the lower end for HD playback. Any newer ATI card or Nvidia work.If you want to tryout Nvidia, I use this card in a couple systems, you need to have a case with room at the top for the heatsink to fit which is it's only problem. I use this card also with good results. It could be a problem with your version of PDVD also as its on the old side also. If you need folder playback from HDD I would use TMT3 which has been solid for me.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by 8:13 View Post

I don't want to watch blu ray on my htpc because the video is ugly, and I don't want to watch it on my ps3 since the sound is ugly through the toslink to my z-5500.
On my htpc I have a prelude x-fi and it sound awesome to me,a nd it's nt awesome to hear the sound from toslink to my z-5500.

On your PS3 check your audio settings. If you use TOSLINK (SPDIF) and your settings are set to PCM, it will only pass through 2-channel sound. Maybe, that is why it sounds 'ugly'.
Select DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 and see if it helps.
post #4 of 10
I had an issue with Babylon AD also, i think it might have actually been in the same spot as you, except my rig eventually blue screened and died. In the long run it might have actually done me a favor... but i won't go into that now. Also on Power DVD 7.3 and an ATI gpu btw. However I'm on Vista x64.
post #5 of 10
I can also confirm at that point in Babylon AD, the screen went all green/blocky for a minute or two on my rig as well. It then sorted itself out, and was fine for the rest of the film.

This was on my Vista 32-bit HTPC with PCIe 2600xt.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Interesting.
post #7 of 10
I've had no PQ issues with Babylon A.D. @ 1080p on my ATI 4870. This was from an eac3to MKV rip from the original disc.

You're most likely getting the PQ issue because your ATI 2600 is too weak to handle 1080p and the results of that is the issue you are seeing. Try running at 720p or lower and let your TV upscale. I'm sure the PQ issue will go away confirming you need a better video card.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by jrwalte View Post

Try running at 720p or lower and let your TV upscale. I'm sure the PQ issue will go away confirming you need a better video card.

That had no effect. I tried different resolutions as you suggested. It looks like the video mbps is the same regardless of the desktop resolution. So to see if it actually is a weak videocard just setting a different resolution won't troubleshoot the problem, I have to buy a better videocard to troubleshoot if this card is too weak or not.
post #9 of 10
Just a comment, I used to have a Sapphire Radeon HD3450 and the picture used to go wonky playing back Heroes HD-DVD. Found a good deal on the Sapphire Radeon HD4550 ($35) so I replaced the HD3450 and have had no problems with playback since.

Your card's even one generation older than my HD3450 and as others have mentioned, that's probably what's causing the problem.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I fixed my problem with Babylon A.D. I disabled the hw acceleration using some registry tweaks, and now the cpu is doing the work.
Here is the registry tweaks I used:

"Open the CCC and go to the Information Center > Graphics Software section.
Listed for the 2D driver, there will be a registry path with the GUID for your current graphics setup.
Just look at the path in the CCC and look at the registry; you will get which part is the GUID (between the curly brackets "{}").


Win XP: The settings below will be entered in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Vide o\\{G UID from CCC}\\0000\\ and 0001\\ registry keys.
The settings under 0000 are for the first DVI/VGA port, while the 0001 settings are for the second port.
Putting the following registry values under both keys will apply the settings to both outputs (likely a good idea).

In the 0000 folder do right click New and select string value
name it HWUVD_DisableH264 ok that and go back into it and set a value of 1.
Right click new and select string value and name it HWUVD_DisableVC1, Also set value to 1.

Do this again for the folder called 0001 this will do it to the 2nd DVI port.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=11622510&postcount=2011"

Now my cpu fan is really loud, but at least I can use my soundcard on my blu ray movies.
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