From: Donald Mak (dvmak_at_ibm.net)
Date: Mon Apr 05 1999 - 20:46:46 EDT
Yes, there are two sets of MPEG drivers but, I was reffering to the Video Features (Video Drivers for the trident video card) drivers. These drivers are supposedly for the 770x series but:
1. Upon install Windows warns that the drivers are not specifically written for the installed video card
2. Once installed it appears as drivers for the Trident Cyber 9397DVD chipset. This chipset is in the newer
770Z series and NOT in the 770ED which uses the first generation Cyber9397 (notice no internal DVD support)
3. These drivers seem to work better than the earlier version ie. you don't need to decrease the Hardware acceleration so that AVI's play properly. The downside is that SoftDVD will not work with these drivers.
Personally, I would like to use these drivers but I have not been able to find any DVD software that takes advantage of the decoder card. All the software only solutions are aweful in conparison...
I wish there was some way to get the DVDExpress software that comes with the newer 770's...
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Chalk
To: Donald Mak ; thinkpad_at_cs.utk.edu
Sent: Monday, April 05, 1999 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: MPEG Drivers and DVD
The current drivers listing has different drivers for SoftDVD, and DVD Express. Make sure you download the correct ones!!
At 11:50 PM 4/4/99 -0400, Donald Mak wrote:
For those using SoftDVD...
The latest Video features drivers (Trident Cyber 9397) from February 15 will knock out the DVD player. I spend most of saturday trying to figure this out. Tech support was no help..
If you try to use the SoftDVD player and have the latest video drivers installed then you will need to revert to the last set.
What really gets me is that after I spent most of my Saturday finding the culprit I figured I would call IBM back and inform them what the problem was so that the next time they get a call on it they could save the end user some time. In return I got the impression that they didn't care nor probably didn't even log it... Pretty disappointing to see such incompetance at IBM... This is not the first time that they have released drivers for the wrong system...
OK, let me get off the soapbox here.. On another note does anyone know of other DVD software that can take advantage of the hardware decoder? I have tried the software only versions and picture and audio were not in sync and the overall picture was shaky. SoftDVD is pretty ancient and lousy in comparison,
If there was enough demand I may just have my Developers write a program that would be nore specific to the Trident chipset and Decoder.?
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