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Video Card Upgrade

By StoneHunter
Nov 8, 2008
  1. Guy's I need advice on which "Budget" Video card to buy.I upgraded a couple of years ago to a ATI Radeon X1300 (Best Buy Closeout) this card can not handle
    running DVD movies on my ASUS 22" Widescreen.Any suggestions for PCIe x 16 cards that won't break the bank? Thanks
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    go to tomshardwareguide.com and read their tables for your budget to determine what you need. There's a card for every budget out there. Their tables show performance and price ranges.
     
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    That doesn't sound like it should be happening... Something else is wrong, I could play DVDs on a 19" CRT back in the day with a Pentium 2 300 and an ATi Rage Fury Pro video card (~1998).

    Now I could understand if you said Bluray or HDDVD, but there is nothing inherent in the card or your other hardware that would prevent dvd playback. Don't buy a new card, your problem lies elsewhere.

    What software are you playing the DVDs with and what are the symptoms of your problems?
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    right - sngx1275 - didn't even think of that.

    Perhaps he needs a better video player or good codecs.

    Download VLC player or DIVX player. Both are free and both can play movies.
     
  5. StoneHunter

    StoneHunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Guy's, I will try DIVX Player. Download.com should have it. I am still thinking of a better card though, ATI Radeon: Sapphire or ASUS for around $40.So many choices...Thanks again
     
  6. StoneHunter

    StoneHunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sngx1275, I am using WMP11 and Windows Media Center to play Commercial DVD's. DIVX is for DIVX as I understand.DVD Movies will play but they are slow and seem to drag along...I still think it's the Video card. I even reduced the resolution to 1024x768 and the playback was still slow.Web pages and photo's look good though at my full resolution. Any suggestions for a good relacement card (under $60)?
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    Upgrade your graphics drivers, and make sure there aren't any conflicting codecs. Like I said above there is no reason your hardware isn't good enough as is. Here is a good utility for checking the codec issue: http://thegreenbutton.com/files/15/utilities/entry147495.aspx

    You may also want to get VLC and see if you can play DVDs fine with it. It should use its own codec, outside of what Windows is using.
     
  8. StoneHunter

    StoneHunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sngx1275, Thanks for the link. I registered & downloaded the utility...everything checks out Ok.
     
  9. StoneHunter

    StoneHunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tedster, Thanks for the info I will check-it-out!
     
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