my HTPC- Pentium Dual core CPU, E5400 @270GHZ , 4GB RAM, windows 7 , 64 bit operating system.
video card - NVIVIA GeForce GT 240
AVR- Denon 2312CI
If I upgrade my video card what would be a recommendation for a non gamer to upgrade to?
Could be an issue with your player or config. What player? Settings? Have you tried using MPC-HC? Their player is GREAT and even if you don't use it permanently, try a FREE download and try it out. What are these movie files? .avi, .mkv, .m4v ?? Are you wanting HD audio or just 5.1? Are you usinf DXVa codecs? Lots to mention before you'll get meaningful feedback.
I'm not an nVidia user but have you loaded their latest drivers -- or a set that folks find works well for them which often is NOT the latest. Upgrading from one AVR to another shouldn't require you any change to your HDMI cable unless you're trying to do 3D or something that required the 1.4 standard, or are you?
Your new AVR may be trying to assess the video signal, upscaling it, or processing it somehow before it can pass it onto your display... have you checked those settings?
As far as changing to another video card you can't beat the bang for the buck with any of the AMD: HD4550, HD5450 or HD6450
No problem... we're all trying to help. It seems odd you have 50' to your PJ... my rack is on the side of my room and I reach my PJ with a 5 meter cable and all is well. Going long distances can be an issue so well before cutting up your installation you need to prove it works by plugging it in directly. In fact, I'd focus on the current install -- maybe you have a bad extender, a nicked cat-5 wire or termination effecting this since it worked with your old AVR! Maybe it's a handshake between the PC and the new AVR is effecting this - try setting the video to NOT auto-detect the EDID - this may fix it. Finally, using an existing wire to pull in a new one is common practice - unless the conduit is filed.
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