Problems? There's a whole thread that's become almost dedicated to some of the issues surrounding the installation of the newly-released Cyberlink PowerDVD software.
Nevertheless, once it's installed properly, it works like a charm, so it's only right that everyone knows what to do and what to look out for.
I'm going to start by laying out some quick rules, based on my installation on my Sony VAIO, using the NVIDIA Geforce GO 7400 (a mobile NVidia chip) - yes, this chip is more than capable.
HELLO! This post involves MODIFYING your PC installs and can be looked at as an informative guide. Everyone's system is different and your should consider carefully what you are doing at every step of the way so you don't mess your system up. I have to say I am not responsible if you bugger something up, but I'd also like to think that a lot of folks feel I give pretty good advice on the whole.
PLEASE read this post through carefully in it's entirety before beginning, so you understand all the steps, what you may encounter and where you are in the process.
MAKE SURE to leave ALL default settings in the NVidia drivers AND the PDVD ULTRA software alone. This version of PDVD ULTRA is VERY sensitive to any changes and doing something wrong, unfortunately, will permanently mess up your install and you will have to re-install to get it working again - in my experience.
If you have very high CPU utilisation and/or stuttering, or mess up one of the steps here - try uninstalling everything (PDVD ULTRA, and ALL NVIDIA software) from the control panel, then following this step-by-step guide. I had to install my setup 4 times before I got the driver combo right! Argh
My HTPC is based on ATI, so I'll be able to get to this later on for the ATI version of this post.FIRST RULE:
You MUST use version 220.127.116.11 of the Nvidia drivers for this software. Yes, some of you MAY get lucky with another version, but mostly you'll have a lot of trouble. I've heard a few good things about version 18.104.22.168 but I haven't tried it and NVidia only recommends 22.214.171.124
NOTE - this version was recommended to me on a Cyberlink help page, that the "CyberLink BD/HD Advisor" program directed me to. I have been trying to find the page again, but have been unsuccessful so far. It is possible that this version was recommended to me because of my NVidia Mobile GPU (7400) in my laptop - don't know for sure.
If YOU have been successful with other NVidia Driver versions then please post that info here, and your config, and I'll start keeping a record for everyone to review.SECOND RULE:
When you get NVidia these drivers installed, do NOT change the default values - the PowerDVD software is very sensitive to these changes and even the slighest changes within the NVidia Control Panel will cause much bigger effects within the PowerDVD player than you would expect, or even non-operation. If you want to make changes, get a calibration tool like Spyder2 and run a new color profile, or just use the color profile tool within POWERDVD ULTRA, as described in the NOTES at the bottom of this post.RULE THREE:
If you mess up and the PowerDVD software is not working properly, remove the PowerDVD software and ALL Nvidia software from the Control Panel (Add Remove Programs) - and then reboot. THEN re-install the Nvidia 126.96.36.199 drivers - reboot - then reinstall the PowerDVD player (no need to reboot after installing the player)RULE FOUR:
Make sure that you have plugged in the HD DVD addon and that windows has recognized and "installed" it, before installing the PowerDVD software.OTHER THOUGHTS:
NVidia typically only releases their drivers with INF files for their mainstream cards/chips and do not include INF support for OEM or Mobile versions of their chips - but REST ASSURED that Nvidia Drivers work with all versions of their chips. I will be outlining in my instructions how to get modified INF files for the drivers from a site called Laptopvideotogo.
OK - now on to the step by step instructions...SETUP STEP 1)
Attach the HD DVD addon player to your PC. You may as well get this step out of the way first. Windows automatically recognizes it and adds it to the system - you may also see a message where Windows is asking to go to the internet for the latest driver, but mine didn't.
NOTE: You will, of course, need to connect this drive to a USB 2.0 port, as earlier versions of USB are not fast enough to send the HD DVD streams to the PC.
Leave the HD DVD player connected for the rest of the steps. If it is not present during the PowerDVD Ultra install, then PDVD installs the Bluray version of the software instead...SETUP STEP 2)
What version of Nvidia drivers are you using? Chances are it is not 188.8.131.52 - so you'll need to download that now from here Nvidia9291
Alternatively, it can be downloaded here at LaptopVideo2Go
. Save it, then run it, and it will uncompress to C:\\NVIDIA\\Win2KXP\\92.91
You can then go to you display properties, choose the driver tab, choose update driver, say "No" when windows asks to go to the internet, choose to install from a specific location, then click on "HAVE DISC" and point the "browse" button to C:\\NVIDIA\\Win2KXP\\92.91 - or wherever you uncompressed the driver pack.
If you are using an older version of NVidia Drivers, you can install over it - if you are using a more recent version, uninstall it before you install 184.108.40.206
As SOME of you may have found, NVidia does not include support for some of their OEM or Mobile GPUs in their standard INF files for their drivers. But the drivers do actually run with all chips. If you get a message saying something like "could not find a supported chip", then download the "modified INF" from the same LaptopVideo2Go link above, and copy it over it's namesake in the C:\\NVIDIA\\Win2KXP\\92.91 directory before you run the install.
You may experience another issue also. If you get an error message during the install saying something like "Cannot find file NVDispSR.dll" then you have a problem due to use of English US vs. English UK files.
This is easy to fix. Don't abandon the install - just open a File Explorer window and go to the C:\\NVIDIA\\Win2KXP\\92.91 directory. Find the file NVDispS.dll, right click it, then paste, the rename the "copy of NVDispS.dll" to "NVDispSR.dll" - note that you are adding an "R" to the NVDispS file.
There are several files that will pop up because of this error, but you can fix them all on the fly this way. BE CAREFUL, as a lot of the files have similar names - sometimes with one S, sometimes with two. You will be looking for the files that are exactly what is being asked for by the install, minus the missing "R".
If you were running a newer version of the drivers, you'll also get a message that the file being replaced is newer that the update you are applying - you should tell it to go ahead and copy over the newer file with your 9291 update.SETUP STEP 3)
REBOOT the PC after the NVidia driver installSETUP STEP 4)
Install POWERDVD ULTRASETUP STEP 5)
Insert HD DVD disc and enjoy the show!!
NOTES: If your display is not calibrated, you may get worse color than you think you should have expected (I did). I highly recommend calibrating your display with Spyder2, or somesuch. However, for the quickest fix, right-click on the PowerDVD screen, choose Configuration, then choose the "Video" tab, and click on the button "Use Color Profile" - then click advanced and adjust your color properties. If your system is not calibrated, this may not be perfect, for instance you may get the colors right for the mid-tones, but dark and bright scenes may still drift into greens and reds.
In MY INSTALL, the "Enable Hardware Acceleration (nVidia PureVideo)" button is unchecked by default, yet the software is still using the hardware decode from what I can see. Checking this button (in my setup) causes everything to "munge up" and it stops working. I thought I'd mention this in case you have the same problem...