WinTV problems after major upgrades...any ideas?
I have recently made some upgrades which I thought would increase performance of my WinTV...the opposite has happened. Prior to these upgrades WinTV worked pretty well, it just couldn't capture more than 10 sec. of video without dropping alot of frames.
1. Increased PC-100 RAM from 128 to 256
2. Replaced processor from AMD K6-2 380 to AMD K6-3+ 450 (overclocked to 550MHz)
3. Installed Voodoo3 3000 PCI and disabled onboard Sis
4. Installed new WD 30gig 7200rpm hard drive
5. Both hard drives reformated and partitioned (with 500MB permanent windows swap file on it's own drive)
6. Clean install of Win98se
7. All updated drivers and BIOS flash
8. Installed DirectX 8
Now wouldn't you think I would be clipping right along without any problems, I did. Now WinTV is "choppy" (even at the smallest size); the picture freezes for a split second continously (very jerky with a horizontal line scrolling from top to bottom with frame changes); when capturing video the result is also very choppy with with alot of stalls and then speeds up like fast forward, and misses alot of frames.
9 times out of 10 when I try to start the program it gives me an error and tells me that another device is using the driver (this is right after I restart the computer and have very few things starting on re-boot) Very Frustrating
I have tried just about every type of option change: decreased framerate, increased buffer, reduced size to the smallest (but before I could capture 320x240 without too much trouble initially), tried different compressions, key frame rates and no compression. Nothing seems to help at all. Regular viewing and capturing have the same problems no matter what I do.
I checked the IRQ and it is on 11 and sharing it with the WinTV audio and another "ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering". In the system information area, it tells me that there are no conflicts and the device is working properly,... LIAR!
Anybody have any ideas??? I hope all my upgrades weren't made in vain.
[This message has been edited by jlpotter66 (edited 03-29-2001).]
What's your color depth? It seems the WinTV devices don't like 32-bit color depth. Try 16-bit.
I tried both 16 and 32...didn't help at all.
On my card I found a STUPID STUPID setting that did that, you may also notice it can't be blow up to fill the screen in TV mode if it's the same thing.
In the "Hauppage win TV" folder in the stat menu there's a link to a program called "Priamry". Load it
By default it's set to "Force Primary" which seams to try and draw the TV in the window. Switch it to "Allow overlay" and the WinTV card will write directly to you Voodoo's Display memory.
Hope that helps (you may have already tried this) To be hounest it took me ages to find because I though hardware overlay would be on by default.
I think that may be it Konan!!! I'm gonna run a few tests, but it seems to be working 100% better...THANKS!!!
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