Originally Posted by TheHermanator
300 is smooth now, after loading the latest graphics drivers directly from the NVidia site and setting the Power Settings to Performance. I will continue to test this PC for another week and a half. But so far so good!
Thanks for your advice on the movies; I will try to rent a few others so I can be sure everything is solid. I'm glad that your evaluation is positive so mine should be just a confirmation.
Sam 5K is a standalone that could not play a movie glitch-free (or at least KK)? I would have thought a standalone doing one task would be more flawless than our poor PC having to deal with Norton and other background tasks.
When you refer to 60 and 24 fps, are you referring to the Hz (I have not found a fps setting yet)? After loading the latest Nvidia drivers, my television (Samsung DLP) automatically defaulted to 60 Hz. If there is a setting labeled fps, please let me know where that is!
I did disable the sidebar, but I missed that Norton is auto scanning the entire harddisk, so that is set to execute at 5AM on Sunday morning.
I'll look for Galagapos over the weekend. Thanks again for your valuable input!
Our pc came with Nvidia driver version 162.30. One of the things I like about it is that it gives the user the option to control video parameters (contrast, brightness, saturation, and gamma) on the software player's window separately from the desktop color setteings.
Just for testing purposes, I downloaded and installed what I think is the latest Nvidia driver - 169.25. The first thing I noticed is that video parameter control in the player window is no longer available. The control panel of labeled sliders is there, but none of the controls can be moved. Maybe I'm missing something, but nothing I tried would activate those controls.
I was hard pressed to see any difference in video performance between the two drivers, so I used Vista restore to go back to the point just before I installed the new driver.
While testing the Sam 5K, I played King Kong
3 times and it had at least a couple of glitches (in different places) each time. Apocalypto
had a couple of minor hesitations and other HD-DVDs played with no apparent flaws. The Sam would also not play any sd dvds that had split movies. I was not going to spend that kind of money for a standalone that had such problems. To me, all things considered, this pc is a much better bang for the buck than the Sam.
Yes, the Nvidia control panel names the various frequencies as Hz rather than fps. When I'm talking progressive, I use those terms interchangeably.
In the past I liked Norton, but now I find it to be more of a PIA than it's worth. On our XP system I use a free program called Sygate Personal Firewall. It's icon sits in the system stray and it's very easy to right-click on it to either block all internet activity, allow all, or stay in a normal, fully customizable mode. Well, in Vista at least, Norton takes over firewall control and I find it almost impossible to take that control away from it. I actually have to unplug the connection. I'll be ditching Norton after the free trial. I think I'll try AVG for a bit. A friend of mine swears by it.
Originally Posted by Mr. Abulia
I am seriously considering this PC as a solution for bringing Blu-Ray and XVids to my living room, but am curious about the sound output. Does anyone know if the HDMI link will output something that can be decoded to DTS-HD or TrueHD by an appropriate receiver, or is the machine limited to a digital 5.1 surround-sound mode? I'm not sure exactly how the decoding of these signals works.
Also, would this PC be upgradeable to newer Blu-Ray profiles through updated versions of the Blu-Ray DVD software, or does the drive cause any limitation on updates of this sort?
Although I don't own a receiver that has an HDMI input, I am almost certain that this PC will output far more audio formats than DD 5.1. Hopefully someone who has this pc connected to a receiver via HDMI will report on this.
HP's DVD Play
(Pdvd) software that comes pre-installed on this pc can be updated so that any new BD software will play on it.