It still gives a KICK ASS image too. I don't know what the new Radeon's look like, by now ATI must have worked in all the technology they acquired when they bought Chromatic Research. It had a few 'flaws' like a pseudo 24bit mode, but I put that word in quotes because the picture was so much better than anything that any DVD player put out at the time. I'm not sure if any consumer player comes close at Progressive scan video. Hell, mine is the PCI version at that.
I haven't upgraded because I haven't felt the need to at all. I'm never selling mine. I'll hand it down to my great grandchildren and say something grand like "Kids, this is what prompted teh start of the HTPC forum on AVSFORUM."
At which point they'll probably say, "Cool, but aren't electronics bad for you?" Or,
"What was the world wide web?"
But seriously, Cliff isn't there a custom resolution hack somewhere that may do this?
Hey, watch it... at 800x600 MPACT2 is still king of the hill... till I retire my projector, I will continue to use the MPACT2 collection I have, one built in to the motherboard, 1 PCI and 2 AGP... I have tri-redundant back up, so to speak.
Anyway people also forgot about the filter mod that we did in the last days of this product. I personally felt that while the radeon won only by the tiniest margin. I wonder that now I have CRT what the picture quality looks like??????
I tried various cards, NVIDIA, ATI Radeons, and so forth. I still can't part with the MPACT2 motherboard based solution... clean... I don't have to fool around with audio drivers... everything works, DD, DTS
like you, I stood by the MPACT 'till this Summer, but I finally gave up on it due to Dscaler, which is WAY better on a Radeon, with better picture and supporting Dscaler's overlays (the MPACT can't do this at pseudo-24bit).
The reg mods were once created by MRejhon, who personally took the time to help me via e-mail when I was a total newb. Thanks to him and others on this forum (and John Adcock who took the time to troubleshoot Dscaler's code with this card) it gave me countless hours of enjoyment, at a ridiculously low price (since CPU could be a PII, didn't need a sound card,...) and was easy to set up.
I now own a Radeon 9000 and, even at 800x600, it's better than my RFI modded MPACT, particularly in the color department. In all other aspects it's just as good as. And I was fortunate enough to install Sonic, ffdshow and CMedia audio painlessly on XP (or maybe that should be patient enough, since I held until these things/drivers were matured).
But it wasn't easy to part with the MPACT too , and I keep it and my old Celeron just in case...
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