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Goddamn ATI...

I upgrade to the latest Catalyst drivers and now I can't watch TV with my All-in-wonder card. It gets completely screwed up. I try reverting back to older drivers and it's still screwed up. Arrrrrgggggg...

It wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to reboot 3-4 times just to try out a driver.

I somehow got it work last night but it doesn't work anymore.
Permalink Almost H. Anonymous 
January 16th, 2006
I gave up on the All-in-Wonder after my first one.

If you have a video card and a TV card, you can troubleshoot each of them...

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 16th, 2006
Ugh. I downgraded to a pathetically old driver version I found the site. I had some luck with that but I discovered that Beyond TV was having issues and it seems to be screwing things up.

So I disabled beyond TV and had some luck with that. So I decided to try the latest drivers again. I ran the TV application and the audio/video was horribly out of sync BUT it did work. So I decided to upgrade to the latest version of the TV application and... guess what... It's back to being screwed up again.

I swear I've reinstalled the drivers and applications 10 or so times now with only limited success! It's crazy. Reinstalling your video card drivers isn't exactly the best thing to do for one's system!
Permalink Almost H. Anonymous 
January 17th, 2006
ATI's drivers are worse than Creative's feeble efforts, and you may have better luck with the Omega drivers:

http://www.omegadrivers.net/

I try and avoid ATI hardware if I can -- although at the top end they have a slight edge in raw power (although their SLI implementation is lagging behind), nVidia's drivers are leagues ahead in terms of functionality and stability. The Omega drivers go some way to addressing that, but relying on third party support isn't really an ideal option if the hardware is expensive.
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 17th, 2006
I use Omega drivers but I get tired of every single DirectX game warning me that my drivers are out of date and pointing me at ATI's drivers. :)


I bought ATI last time because when it was time to upgrade my Geforce 2 GTS, Nvidia had changed their entire naming convention and the numbers were gibberish to me. A friend had recently gotten the 9600 Pro and loved it, and so it went.
Permalink Generic Error 
January 17th, 2006
My boss spent an inordinate amount of money on a new gaming rig last year. Unfortunately he got it with a 9600 Pro. Now he keeps bitching about how crap it is.

6800GS FTW!!!
Permalink Flasher T 
January 17th, 2006
I've had no trouble with it. It runs Half Life 2 very well and that's good enough for me. :) It runs EVE Online brilliantly.

It met its match a week ago with BattleField 2, so I'll upgrade at some point, but right now it's sadly not the priority. :(
Permalink Generic Error 
January 17th, 2006
"6800GS FTW!"

I much prefer my dual 7800GTX configuration. :D
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 17th, 2006
My philosophy with SLI has been that it's great while it lasts but in the long run I could have played the same games for 60% of the investment at 85% of the FPS and when it becomes obsolete I've have lost that much less investment. :)

I did have SLI'd Voodoo2's, at one point. :)
Permalink Generic Error 
January 17th, 2006
Initially I did consider buying one card now and getting a second one at a later date. In the end I decided against it -- as SLI requires two of the same card I was worried that when I came to buy the second one it would no longer be available and I'd end up having to buy two more.

Even now some games are pushing well beyond what a single card can manage -- F.E.A.R. can bring a 6800 to its knees with no trouble at all -- and when games based on the UT2006/2007 engine arrive they're going to have a 6800 as a *minimum* requirement.
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 17th, 2006

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