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Topic # 30789 21-Feb-2009 14:37
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Hi All

It seems there is a bug in the latest build of PowerDVD - 2521 - that has the potential to affect blu-ray playback (because of hdcp issues) as well as h.264 playback in general (h.264 codec not registered properly). This is the build that I downloaded when I purchased about a week ago. I've been in contact with Cyberlink support, who have been great - they always get back to me within 24 hrs or so, but they don't seem to understand what I am asking for. After three attempts to get an older build of PDVD 8, I finally managed to get build 2430. Unfortunately it made no difference. I really REALLY would like a copy of build 2217, which (as I understand it) is the build that most of you are using.

While looking up the problems on MediaPortal forums I discovered that some of the latest versions of ATI/AMD graphics drivers have problems supporting UVD (their implementation of hardware acceleration). It is not entirely clear, but it seems catalyst versions 9.1 and 9.2 have broken the UVD. There may be other issues with UVD/video quality in previous versions as well but that's another story.

I guess all I'm trying to say is that setting up freeview HD on a pc can be a minefield for a number of reasons:

1. Hardware issues
2. Broken drivers
3. Software configuration
4. Broken and conflicting codecs

The list goes on...

Alright. So this is where I'm asking for your help. I want to try and get an idea of what people are using to get high definition freeview WITH hardware acceleration going on a pc. This could make it easier for system builders like myself to get a base combination of hardware, driver, software, and codec that they know will work - you might call it "the tried and true". So I'm looking for:

1. CPU speed (eg. 2x2.4G, 4x2.6G) and amount of system RAM (eg 4x1G, 2x2G, 1x2G, 2x1G)
2. Graphics card manufacturer, model and driver version
3. TV card manufacturer, model, and driver version
4. Operating System (please be sure to note 32 or 64 bit)
5. TV software WITH version (eg. MediaPortal 1.0 rc2)
6. H.264 codec(s) with source/version (eg. CoreAVC 1.8, PowerDVD Ultra 8 b2521)
7. HE-AAC codec(s) with source/version
8. AC3 codec with source version
9. Other media software/codecs/packs installed on your computer (to try and get an idea of any conflicts)

This may completely flop if nobody posts, however if lots of people list their spec then this could be a really helpful source for strugglers like me.


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  Reply # 197197 22-Feb-2009 00:23
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Happy to answer you Qs but not sure if it will help as I cannot remember by PowerDVD build.

1) Intel dualcore 2.3Ghz (or there abouts). 2 x 2G RAM(RAM is cheap)
2) Gigabyte Nvidia 8600GT
3) Started with a HVR-2200 but a a werid conflict with myGigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H Motherboard's PCI-E slots meant I ended up with a Nova-T 500 PCI card which works fine (and came with a remote that works with mediaPortal).
4) Vista 32 home premium Bit  SP1 - UAC off (this seems important for Media Portal installs)
5) MediaPortal
6) H.264 from WinTV (came  free on power Cinema 5.1 disk with Nova T-500)
   PowerDVD 8 for Video Accel. (do not use it's H.264 codec - I know they are the same software company for both!!)
7) Monogram ACC (from FF-Show Try-outs (latest version))
8) AC3 from FF-Show Try-outs
9) Haali media Splitter and FFshow-Tryouts only: Keeping the codecs to the bare minimum.

TV guide is metalinc's xml download. A damn fine piece or work

All on a clean install of Vista. Only have AVG free anti virus and bear minimum of programs installed. (Nero, Power Cinema, VMC installed but not used) . Basically a dedicated Media Box.

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 197376 22-Feb-2009 22:54
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See my specs in my sig. I installed powerdvd 8 trial (What ever version was the latest at the time) on a virtual machine and just copied out the filter folders to my media box and registered the the individual files ; I Run my own build of MediaPortal/TVServer but somewhere around Version 1.0.

The version of my reads as 2.2.0527. Not sure if that means the build is 0527?

Anyway I have absolutely zero issue watching Freeview HD with cyberlink and HW decoding with the Nvidia 8600GT. Really it's just perfect all the time!

I keep my media box as clean as possible; hence using a throw way VM to get hold of the cyberlink filters (I have no need for the full app).

I did get Core AVC as well as it seems to play mkv files better then cyberlink, I was having jitter issues with mkv and cyberlink.

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