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Hello,


I have recently setup my first htpc. My pcs specs are as follows


Athlon 64 3000+ running at 2.01ghz

1024mb PC2700 (2 x 512mb)

Lanparty 250gb mobo

Asus AH3650 Silent

1 x 1tb Samsung Drive

Pioneer BDC-202 Blu Ray Drive


Running Windows XP


I am connected to my HD TV with a dvi cable to hdmi adaptor.


I first tried Arcsoft's Totalmedia Theatre and the blu ray playback was terrible both the video and audio was really choppy and unwatchable. I then tried Powerdvd and the payback was a mild improvement but still very choppy and unwatchabe. I have tried a nubmer of blu rays with exctly the same results.


Any ideas how i can resolve this?


I fear the pc spec is not up to it but want to rue everything else out first.


Many thanks for any help you can offer.
 

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What kind of video card do you have? With those PC specs, you may need a video card that does video/HD offload. Something like a ATI 2600HD would be all that you need, although I would probably recommend a 4XXX series card (because it can output 8 channel audio over HDMI).
 

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Yea, start PowerDVD or TmT playing, then check your CPU usage in Task Manager. If it's close to 100%, then that's likely the problem. As mjfink suggested, a vid card upgrade would probably fix it (or CPU of course).
 

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Latest video drivers? (I seem to remember folks having trouble using ATI drivers with this car, but I may be wrong)


HA enabled?

How "cluttered" is the machine with other apps? There may be some conflicting video codecs on there also.


Which movies? There are different encodings used and some are harder to decode than others.
 

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Ok I have just checked the cpu usage and it is at around averaging about 90% during playback.


I have noticed on the sony i-dent when all the blue lights are moving around both picture and sound are choppy but when it fades to just the simple sony logo and sound it plays just fine but anything more advanced than that and it is choppy again.
 

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Latest video drivers? (I seem to remember folks having trouble using ATI drivers with this car, but I may be wrong)


HA enabled?

How "cluttered" is the machine with other apps? There may be some conflicting video codecs on there also.


Which movies? There are different encodings used and some are harder to decode than others.

I have been using the most up to date asus drivers but will now try the actual ati drivers and catalyst suite.


What do you mean by HA?


The machine is not to cluttered I run Anydvd HD, Imon for my remote control. I have only had the system up and running on a fresh instal for about a week and hardly installed anything. No codec packs etc


Blu rays I have tried so far Casino Royal and Ghost Rider
 

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Originally Posted by couzo /forum/post/15413982


What do you mean by HA?

Video card hardware acceleration.
 

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A newer video card will almost certainly fix your problem. Look at the 4XXX series from ATI, those have full hardware acceleration and can output 8 channel sound. Should be less then 100 dollars for a good card for your application. I'd look at the 46XX series, or perhaps even lower (if price is a primary concern).
 

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So the 3650 card I have just bought is not good enough for blu ray playback? I bought it as it was one of the only agp cards left that was hdcp compliant

Not sure about the AGP versions, but a low-profile PCI-e Sapphire model worked very well in a Socket 939 4000+ single-core setup.
 
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