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Windows 7: Generally speaking of course


04 Sep 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Generally speaking of course

Does using a video card offer any meaningful improvement over the motherboard native video for watching blu-ray videos on an HDTV?


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04 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Depending on the card, I would say yes, definitely. But MB`s are getting better all the time.
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04 Sep 2013   #3

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

Personally I wouldn't have thought so but I could certainly be wrong. I've never played DVDs or Blu Rays through my PC, just games.
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05 Sep 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
May have to try and see?

Here is what I have. Thinking I may have to take time to 'marry them up' and see what happens. I was looking for the opinion of someone with a keen-eye for blue-ray videos as my ole eyes ain't what they used to be

Motherboard:GIGABYTE - Motherboard - BGA FT1 - GA-E350N-USB3 (rev. 1.0)
PCIe video card:MSI Global ? Graphics Card - R4550-MD1GH
55" Vizio HDTV (1080i):M550SV | VIZIO
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05 Sep 2013   #5

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Depends on the graphics chipset on the motherboard -- of course!

My 2-year-old motherboard has an AMD HD4290, one of those relegated to "legacy status" by AMD -- but it plays Blue-ray videos through Nero 12 without any problems.
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05 Sep 2013   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I spent the time setting it up and I believe it was worth the time. Colors seem to be brighter and I think it is more intense and sharper. Now all I have to figure out is how to correct the fact that there is about a two inch black all around the picture... resolution is correct; need to expand the whole picture.
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06 Sep 2013   #7

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

If you go into Catalyst Control Center you'll find an Overscan option, you can manually adjust the display size to fit your screen.
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06 Sep 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
If you go into Catalyst Control Center you'll find an Overscan option, you can manually adjust the display size to fit your screen.
Thanks BOOZAD for prodding me forward. I changed the HDTV from NORMAL to WIDE and it was almost a full screen. The Catalyst driver I found from MSI did not have the Overscan facility available in it. I poked around more and found a ATI Catalyst Control Center and there it was! All 'more better now'
Thanks all for the help...
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07 Sep 2013   #9

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

You're welcome. Sorry I couldn't offer more detailed directions for overscan at the time, I was at work and my resources are severely limited there.
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