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I've got an ASRock 880G Micro ATX board, with an Athlon II X2 255 CPU and 4 gigs of DDR3 RAM.

Now, I've tried to install XBMC Live onto my flash drive, but it is not taking up the entire screen... I have a thin black box around XMBC live.. ALso, it doesn't seem to be able to run any of the movies.. It just goes black for a couple of seconds then comes back to the "videos" screen.. Help!!
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I have always been told not to mix ati with linux. Not sure if that is the problem or not. Xbmc has a pretty active forum though
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Originally Posted by hick View Post
I have always been told not to mix ati with linux. Not sure if that is the problem or not. Xbmc has a pretty active forum though
Which is FRUSTRATING, since I was told not to mix nvidia and xbmc.......

And I also posted on xbmc, so I'm hoping I might get some help there too.
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As far as I know, you need to change the underscan/overscan percentage in the ATI Catalyst Control Center--I'm not sure if that's compatible with XBMC Live.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WolfmanJack View Post
As far as I know, you need to change the underscan/overscan percentage in the ATI Catalyst Control Center--I'm not sure if that's compatible with XBMC Live.
I believe the overscan is a function of the integrated video hardware, so it should be software-independent.

EDIT: As for the movies not playing, is there a codec issue?
    
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Originally Posted by Mac the Geek View Post
I believe the overscan is a function of the integrated video hardware, so it should be software-independent.

EDIT: As for the movies not playing, is there a codec issue?
Still can't get the picture to show up full screen, but I ended up installing windows 7 with XBMC on top of it and made sure all of the drivers were up to date and now the videos work fine! Except for they still don't fill up the entire screen....

NOW. the real weird thing is, I just checked, and 1920x1080 on my 1920x1080 monitor does not take up the entire screen.... BUT. Selecting 1680x1050 does... How does that make sense...????
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Overscan? Is there an option to turn it off on your TV? I think on some sets, it's called 1:1 pixel mapping.
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Check your refresh rate, every time I have to reinstall win7 on my htpc it always sets my rate to 59Hz.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
Overscan? Is there an option to turn it off on your TV? I think on some sets, it's called 1:1 pixel mapping.
Right now I'm on my pc monitor, and I can't find anything in the options for that..

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stevo View Post
Check your refresh rate, every time I have to reinstall win7 on my htpc it always sets my rate to 59Hz.
In windows it says 60Hz. Is there somewhere on my monitor where it would have a different option?
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post #10 of 17
Then it's quite likely the native resolution of your monitor is 1680x1050. What model is it anyway?
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