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post #11 of 17
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thanks for the answer :-)
but I find it strange that it lags sometimes when "heavier HD movies' ex TRON in 1080p (strange!)
post #12 of 17
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thanks for the answer :-)
but I find it strange that it lags sometimes when "heavier HD movies' ex TRON in 1080p (strange!)

Make sure you're using the graphics card to render the movie. Like I said, my old Athlon64 3300+ and GeForce 6200LE does just fine for 1080p movie playback honestly. You've got a dual core and a proper HTPC video card. Should do it fine without a problem.

It could also be the software you're using too. Not sure what you're using for playback, but I use XBMC (in a Windows 7 install), and it works flawlessly for me with a lesser machine.
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You could even install XBMC as an operating system. Have a look here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_Live
    
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You could even install XBMC as an operating system. Have a look here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_Live

Yes you CAN. I prefer using Windows underneath it though. I can never get a network share to work right with Linux, since my server is Windows. Plus I also like throwing up a game every now and then on the big screen (usually just old SNES emulators for games I still have in the closet).
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post #15 of 17
Ah, fair enough, I have my HTPC running it as an OS and it was all plain sailing, but I guess I got lucky.
    
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post #16 of 17
You should be FINEEEEE
I used this as a HTPC.
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1894881

played 1920x1080 WMV-HD and MP4's with bitrates of 3,xxx kbps all the way up to 19,xxx kbps
Even did light gaming with it.
__________

for movies make sure Hardware acceleration is ON
DirectX turned off.
to render/play the movies it will mostly just use the HD5450 and NOT the CPU thumb.gif
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post #17 of 17
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Again, thanks so much!.thumb.gif
Interesting!, Maybe I should perform a reinstallation of the OS from scratch ..
since you say that these units should work "excellent" ..

  • how much must be available on the SSD is required for the OS to work well?
  • If I do the install, will I switch to win7 64bit, or is it just "trouble" than the "gain"?
  • how do I turn off DirectX?
  • can I see if i managed to set the Hardware acceleration is ON

I olny use VLC now..
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