I've finally gotten my little box up & running with custom resolutions (BTW, thanks Karnis for the advice on the Radeon - worked right off the bat). So far I've just tested 1 DVD on PowerDVD & WinDVD using Monsters Inc. I have a STB progressive scan player to compare to, & the colors are unbelievably vivid - the stb looked pale, washed out in comparison. Here comes the but - in the opening scene of the movie, there are a lot of shadows that pick up a lot of what I would call a cross between pixelation & graininess. It's very evident when played on the htpc, but I have to look hard to see it on the stb (I can see it, just not as noticeable). I've tried several different resolutions, both software players with & without ffdshow & settings on the tv & nothing seems to make any difference. Is there something I'm missing somewhere or is this a case of inferior picture quality due to the software dvd player (read, should I just upgrade to TT)? Also, both WinDVD & PowerDVD are OEM versions that came with hardware that I bought - would that make a difference? I'm using a Radeon 9600 non-pro, Cat. 3.6, PS 3.45, Win XP Home, 512 mb Sdram, hooked to a Mits 55311 via vga to RGBHV breakout cable. Any help would be much appreciated.