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Topic # 31555 22-Mar-2009 08:31
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I posted this on the GPBVR forum also but since I am not sure it's a GBPVR problem I thought I would summarise it here also since might be more NZ users here :)

I will describe the situation in case others might experience this

Have an AGP Sapphire HD 2600XT (had to get the AGP version because of the motherboard). From reading various bits online it seems Sapphire had to hack the drivers to support this video chipset in AGP

With the latest GBPVR, the latest video drivers and the latest Monogram DS filter for TV1/2/3 I can record and playback fine with the CPU (a modest Sempron 3000) running at about 15%. I can also do live TV directly - not delayed playback. This is a huge leap over what I could do before which was basically nothing :)

I am using the latest Catalyst drivers from Sapphire. Can't use the ATI ones since they appear to be for PCIe only which seems to confirm that Sapphire have modified the drivers to work with AGP

PowerDVD8 plays back the TV1/2/3 content fine and with hardware acceleration enabled again the CPU load is minimal. Of course now we are not using Monogram since PDVD8 has its own AAC filters.

But this is the strange thing. Either in GBPVR or in PDVD8 if I try to playback non HD  content (576p stuff from C4 TV6/7) the video is corrupted completely and both GBPVR and PDVD8 lock up eventually. Out of interest I turned off hardware acceleration in PDVD8 and it now plays the content fine but CPU is now up to about 80% but still smooth so it's not a huge issue.

I suspect it's a display driver issue. Of course I now do have ways around it. Play HD content in GBPVR and the non HD content in PDVD8 but it's a bit fiddly. Not sure if there is a way to turn off HW acceleration in GBPVR so confirm my suspicions but have asked sub

At least now it's not so critical that either TVNZ get off their butts and broadcast AC3 audio (so I can dispense with the PC to play content and use my Popcorn) or Syabas get their firmware act together and support AAC-HE audio






System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 202712 23-Mar-2009 07:54
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Quick question for anybody using ATI 2600 based cards. Are they working okay for you under XP and you are getting HA?

I read there all kinds of issues with the Catalyst drivers and HA. Since my card is agp I can't apparently use the ATI native drivers but ones from Sapphire. However the CCC and everything else looks just the same and dated March 19 2009, appear to be up to date.

Was surprised how everything worked reasonably well with gb-pvr and PDVD8 and Monogram. As I noted the only issue I appear to be having is playing non HD content with HA enabled. Both GB-PVR and PDVD8 give me just a pixellated screen with the occasional flash of recognisable video content. Easier enough to fix in PDVD8 - turn off HA and it's fine and since it's non HD content, even on my Sempron 3000, the CPU is only running at about 50%.

For HD content, HA works fine in both GB-PVR and PDVD8 and the CPU load is about 20%

About the only issue I have faced (and this took me a while to solve) is PDVD8 does not like a dual monitor setup. I normally have HDMI out going to my TV but the card also has analogue VGA out which also goes to the TV (the VGA input). Of course can only see one screen at a time. However with both monitors active, PDVD8 would crash playing anything. Had to disable the analogue monitor in CCC




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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https://plus.google.com/+laurencechiu

 

 


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