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Topic # 60257 22-Apr-2010 23:22
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Hi all!

all was good with my system but it started freezing randomly on TV3 and C4 for some weeks. Things got worse (could not watch TV3 at all as the pc was just freezing as soon as I switched to TV3 and recordings off TV3 were badly stuttering). MP also started to "lose the connection to the TV server" (that's what the error message says)... so I jumped from 1.0.1.0 to 1.0.2.0 (selected fresh install during the process) and I also updated the video card drivers to the latest available on nVidia site.

For now, it appears to be stable on TV3, but the CPU is around 45 - 50% on any channel, even on TVNZ6 &7. Curious, the CPU on the HD test channel is a bit lower (38 - 40%).

I have
- EVR is enabled in MP settings, hardware acc is checked in other two places in MP
- PDVD8 codec is used (same as before),
- PDVD codec has hardware acc enabled (the option for nVidia Pure video in PowerCinema / Tools / Video is selected).

I know for sure that a long time ago I even got 15 - 20% on TV3 and it stayed like that for months... so the hardware is capable of achieving this. It is a matter of getting the settings right I suppose...

Any ideas of where should I look will be extremely helpful.






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  Reply # 321921 23-Apr-2010 08:05
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What version of the PDVD8 codec are you using?

I wonder whether a similar issue has crept in that occured with GB-PVR where the application window is different to the config window so doesn't apply the settings? This required a manual registry patch as PDVD stores individual registry entries for each app that access the codec.



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  Reply # 321973 23-Apr-2010 09:53
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Funny thing is that the TV3 and C4 stutter really bad when watching tv in fullscreen as I always do, but it goes really smooth and with no glitch for hours if I press "Back" on the remote and go to the screen where I have "TV schedule / TV Recordings / Schedules /... etc..." and live tv in a small window on the screen. Once I had to watch "House" that way, in the small window. Really embarrasing...

If I let the live tv run on TV3 in full screen most of the time it freezes completely (video and sound) but it comes back OK if I switch to another channel (except C4). If I go to the small window I mentioned before while it is completely frozen on TV3, it comes back OK, by miracle!

What is different when watching full screen from the situation when watching only in the small window? The number of pixels is lower so the amount of calculations is lower, but apart from that is there any relevant difference?




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  Reply # 322172 23-Apr-2010 17:53
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do you know anyone with a toyota? perhaps you could borrow a floor mat from them and stick it under your computer ;)




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