I'm a new user here, and have a few basic questions. I've just buily my HTPC, and have had a few problems. I have a feeling I know what they are, but I though I'd ask here as well just to make sure.
Here are the specs on the box I'm using as my HTPC :
Asus A7V333 Mobo
Athlon T-Bird 1.4
256mb PC2100 DDR RAM
GeForce4 mx440 (Latest det drivers)
Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-PCI (model 880)
120gig WD HD (5400 RPM)
175gig WD HD (7200 RPM, 2mb Cache, not installed as of yet)
Onboard Sound (have a SB Live! card, just haven't installed yet)
Now, I got it all set up and running, but I'm having problems with the quality. I have an older RCA TV that its hooked up to right now, which I figure is one of the problems. I had to convert the S-Video from the GeForce to RCA, which I figured would mess with the quality a bit.
I'm getting horizontal bars rising up and down the screen, which is the big problem I guess. My first guess was the resolution (I was running in 1024x768) so I changed it to 800x600 (80hz), but the bars stayed. After reading some of the FAQs and not being able to find this problem specifically, I though it best to post. My best guess is that I'm either running the output at to high a refresh rate, and it should be at 60 or lower, not 80. The only other thing I can think of is some sort of interference, either on the conversion or near the card itself. I'm not an expert at things like that, so I'm not sure what could be causing the interference, or what specific things I should look for.
I had somewhat of the same problem on another machine with a Radeon 7500, it just wasn't nearly as bad.
The only other thing I can think of is it being the TV. Its an old RCA TV (not sure the model #, I'm not at home right now), but it doesn't take S-Video in. Could the RCA conversion knock the quality down that much???
I was hoping to run DVDs off this box as well, but I was thinking I might get better quality on the picture if I run the s-video into a standalone DVD player and let it do the conversion to RCA for me. Would this be a better option???
Again, I'm really new to this stuff, so I might have missed a usefull post somewhere here that would have helped me with this. If I did, just let me know, and I'll look harder for it. If not, any help would be appreciated!!!