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Hello, my name is Marc Yu. I have been a lurker for years. I am attempting to make my first HTPC, but after reading many of the links on the FAQ, I am more confused than ever. I would appreciate any advice that other members here can give me. Basically, I would like to make an HTPC out of this configuration (I believe I have almost all of the components):


ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon video card (AGP with DVI)

Athlon 1.4 GHz processor

512 MB of DDR-266 RAM (Micron)

Infocus LP340 projector

ATI DVD Player (version 7.1 DirectShow)

Windows 2000

Soundblaster Live sound card


I am guessing I just put in the DVD and push play? Once again, I greatly appreciate any advice in this matter. :)


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Marc,


Yup.


But you don't mention having an RGB monitor (or DVD drive or motherboard or case or receiver or... :) )


Start simple:


Assemble the computer hardware.

Test and adjust.

Install the operating system and latest patch kit.

Test and adjust.

Connect stereo output of soundcard to receiver.

Test and adjust

Install the ATI software.

Test and adjust.


Place DVD in DVD drive.

Press load button (or gently push on tray)

The system should detect the disc has been inserted and automatically load ATI's DVD player and start the movie.


Watch movie on monitor.

Test and adjust.


Then...


Connect and use projector instead of monitor.

Test and adjust.

Use digital audio connection instead of stereo analog

Test and adjust.

Install video tweaking software

Test and adjust.


Once in a while you may have time to watch part of a movie

Test and adjust.


Nothing to it... ;)
 

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Selden,


Thanks for your response! I'm going to try this within a couple of days. Just have to wait for my DVI-I Dual link male P&D Male cable to be delivered.


I was mainly confused by the whole WinDVD and DScaler stuff. Should I be using that? Thanks again.


Oh, I have an ECS K7S5A motherboard.


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U probably only needed the Single Link DVI...

Most presentation Projectors don't have Dual Link

Single Link goes upto 1980x1080 @ 60hz
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) Explained

Original Infocus M1-DA Digital Cable is only Single Link


My setup

W2K/SP2 ATI7500AIW->DVI [5m]->LP350 v2.0 firmware

Sometimes I see the Win2k Splash Screen then it goes out of Sync

Have to toggle PJ to Video/Computer2 analog and back to get DeskTop in Sync with DVI

Suggest U stay with ATI7.5mmc or lower (7.6DVD is problematic)

I like WinDVD 3.1 the best..

I get S/PDIF passthru (Soyo P4i FireDragon on Board CMI8738) DD/DTS

Could only get DD with the ATI7500AIW coax output using ATI7.5mmc DVD player
 

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Actually, the M1-DA cable is a DVI-I Dual Link to VGA HD15 cable (at least mine is - it has 3 rows of 8 pins and the flat blade has 2 contacts below and above it). But it looks like according to your setup, single link should work, too. Took me hours of searching on infocus.com, avsforum.com , and a few other sites to figure all this out:

http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/D...or_cables.html
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=135462


The last link had a couple of guys with a problem like yours - it appears they fixed it by getting a shorter cable (3 m). I can't wait to get my cable (which is unfortunately on backorder from ramelectronics.net) to test it out!


-Marc


P.S. Thanks for the advice about the versions of the ATI DVD Player. I'll be sure to use ATI 7.5 MultiMedia Center or lower.
 

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Marc Yu


So UR Infocus M1-DA digital is Dual Link?

Funny because if U click4fullsize it looks SINGLE LINK


Thanks for the Thread link

Stevean may have the answer...3m

I was going to try a shorter DVI cable anyway

seems the Transmit Buffers in the ATI card aren't strong enough


BTW -- CableWholeSale

is Cheaper and looks the same as RamElectronics
 

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Marc,


WinDVD is one of several competing DVD player software products. ATI provides ATI DVD with their cards. (At one time they provided a version of the CineMaster player which had been optimized for their cards. I don't know if their current product is based on it or not.) Other players are PowerDVD and TheaterTek.


Many people get them all so they can find the one that works best with their hardware. All of the players have slightly different featuresets.


DScaler is primarily used with video input cards like WinTV to convert interlaced video into progressive video. The software included with a video input card does that too, but DScaler uses much more sophisticated algorithms.


Does this help?
 
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