[mythtv-users] Radeon 8500 hdtv questions...
adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 16:35:44 UTC 2006
On 2/14/06, James Dastrup <jc at dastrup.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-02-14 at 10:51 -0500, Steven Adeff wrote:
> > On 2/14/06, James Dastrup <jc at dastrup.com> wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2006-02-14 at 10:13 -0500, Steven Adeff wrote:
> > > > On 2/14/06, Jarod Wilson <jarod at wilsonet.com> wrote:
> > > > > On Monday 13 February 2006 14:45, Steven Adeff wrote:
> > > > > > A friend of mine had a spare Radeon 8500 laying around and let me
> > > > > > borrow it to see if I can get it to play with my HDTV better than my
> > > > > > nvidia card is.
> > > > >
> > >
> > > If you want to use ATI, you need at least a 9600 and a P4 2.8 (or AMD
> > > equivalent). You'll find that it works just fine, and you will have
> > > less problems than with the nVidia cards because there is less to
> > > configure - no opengl, no XvMC, no recompiling Myth every time you
> > > change the driver version, etc.
> > well, I don't use XvMC (won't work?) or openGL (don't seem to need
> > it), I'm still running v7676 which is quite old, and I run SVN so I
> > recompile ~every other day. Considering he cheapest I can find a 9600
> > for is $150, or I can spend $50(incl. shipping) on a 5600 card, and
> > perhaps at some time decide to enable XvMC...
> > plus, with the hell the ATI drivers made me go through to end up not
> > listening to any of my custom modelines, I don't know if I want to go
> > through the hassle again. If you know what I was doing wrong and how
> > to fix it, I may be willing to give the card a whirl on a spare
> > computer.
> The fanless Radeon 9600 SE can be found for about $60 (USD) all over the
> I'm fortunate enough to not need modelines with my TV's since EDID
> provides accurate info for a perfect picture. I've used modelines in
> the past, using entechtaiwan.com's Monitor Asset Manager, which works
> pretty darn well.
I'll keep this in mind. the modelines the 8500 took from my EDID
didn't seem to work (why oh gods of electronics, why?!), but perhaps
the 9600 will make them work, who knows.
I mayhaps buy one of each (9600 and 5200) and see which I end up
liking more. I'm really looking for a card that will properly send a
1080i signal to my TV via DVI or Component. My tv is native 1080i but
I can't get it to read a 1080i signal via DVI with neither the
1920x540 modeline given in the EDID or a 1920x1080i signal that I
dragged my other computer that has a 5200 in it (PCIX though) to my tv
to test. So who knows, I may just need a new HDTV...
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