Curious issue concerning CPU power w/ HTPC

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by JohanK, Jan 6, 2002.

  1. JohanK

    JohanK Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2000
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I had a curious issue w/ my HTPC. I was running an 800EB on an Asus TUSL2-C mobo. HDD is a Quantum 4GB ATA66/5400rpm while sound card is Philips AE and vid card is Radeon 64MB VIVO; DVD drive is Toshiba 1502. FPTV is an Electrohome ECP400. Resolution for DVD playback w/ PowerDVD 3.0 is 1024*768*32 under 98SE.

    W/ the 800 P3, I had a flicker in the video image at random moments when playing some DVDs. I am at a loss to explain this. To fix the problem, I inserted the TUSL2-C mobo and CPU from my regular computer back into the HTPC in place of the 800EB and the TUSL2-C mobo it is on; the flickering is now gone. The 800EB is now running @ 929 (155FSB) in my regular PC w/ no problems.

    Anybody have any idea why this would happen? I was always under the impression that an 800 MHz CPU was more than enough for software DVD playback.
     
  2. Hugh M

    Hugh M Second Unit

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2001
    Messages:
    324
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    when you say flicker do you mean stutter? like jerky playback? or flicker in that the picture actually disappears momentarily or something.
     
  3. JohanK

    JohanK Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2000
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The flicker problem showed up as flashes of black on portions of the projected image; kindof like a frame drop, I guess.
     
  4. Hugh M

    Hugh M Second Unit

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2001
    Messages:
    324
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    hmm, don't know.

    maybe power as in voltage perhaps?

    as far as I can tell, the suggested minumum for good DVD playback would be around 500MHZ...but it never hurts to have as much as possible..

    perhaps OC'ing the FSB a bit would help, even if you had to reduce the multiplier.
     

Share This Page