Originally Posted by hypr-aktiv
Thank you this worked, I "bought" CoreAVC and 1080p playback is smooth now I'm just trying to configure the video to fit my TV screeen, trying zoom player & MPC and tinkering with different options, any special method for this? For some reason the Nvidia software will only let me use the use same dispay on both/clone (the monitor and tv) (btw the monitor is FS and TV is WS) option so I think this is my problem. Is there any third party app that will assist me? AFAIK I have the latest Nvidia drivers I will double check.
I think I will install XP on another partition and dual-boot to it for only HD video playback to eliminate some variables.
Thanks again for taking the time to reply.
Dual view is the best way to run 2 monitors. Vista may not allow that mode, so you will be better off to use XP for a HTPC. With dual view and your Nvidia card in XP you should be able to open a media player like Zoom player or MPC in a small window on the computer monitor and it will play full screen on the second HDTV monitor, I think Nvidia calls this "full screen video mirroring" when running in the Dual view mode. If you want to run this mode do not get the Nvidia 8500 or 8600 cards as they will not work with full screen video mirroring. Also Power DVD will have to be started on the monitor you want it to play on as it will not play on 2 monitors at the same time, another DRM limit, but Zoom player and MPC will play on 2 monitor just fine.
If your HDTV monitor is native 1080P then you should run the 7900 card at 1920X1080 and have no resizing in the 7900 or the HDTV to get 1:1 pixel mapping when playing 1080i or P movies, this will usually result in some overscan on the HDTV monitor as most are designed to have overscan.