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    GMA 950 and bluray, can it be done??

    hi everyone,

    i have a Commell LV-677 board with an Intel GMA 950 on board graphics.

    i am starting to move over to bluray and getting a lot of my films in bluray, but when everything i have is bluray i wont be able to play it in the car unless i can play the bluray disks.

    i have a bluray player which should be fine, as well as powerDVD 10 ultra which supports bluray playback,

    but powerDVD says that the graphics card is not able to play bluray disks.

    i am not after full HD as its only a 7" screen i will be watching the films on, but i want to be able to just see the film, even if it is at less than DVD quality, otherwise i need all my films in Bluray for the house and DVD for the car, which would suck a lot!

    i cant change the motherboard, and i cant fit an external graphics card, it has the DVI board fitted so it does actually have a DVI output.

    it seems like powerDVD refuses to play the bluray disks if it cant do them in full 1080p. is there anything that will play the movies just at a lower grade?


    also i don't want to copy the disks to the hard drive, or play ISOs etc, i want to be able to grab a couple of bluray disks that i would like to watch and take them in the car, and not have to sit and convert everything to ISO, and copy to a USB key (the hard drive is only 80gb so its not going to hold all the films)

    any advice would be great thanks!

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    Assuming its not just complaining due to lack of a secure video path (in which case, try AnyDVD HD, see if it "fixes" it)...

    The 945GM chipset on that board can only handle accelerating MPEG2 iDCT and nothing else, so you'd pretty much be looking at full CPU decode. Though, with the right CPU installed that shouldn't be a problem.

    From http://www.commell.com.tw/Product/SBC/LV-677.HTM :

    "Video Memory: Up to 224MB shared with system memory"

    This may be the main limitation, and a BIOS-based one as well (I'm pretty sure the chipset / drivers could use more than that if the BIOS would set it at boot ... )

    I know when I was fooling around with an old AMD 690G based motherboard, using software playback with the onboard video of the 690G chipset, I had to increase my video memory to 512MB for it to work properly. At 256MB it would run, but I had weird issues with the screen being too small (i.e. when I full screened the video it would take up like 1/4 of the screen in the corner, and not show the rest of the video). With 512MB of video memory, it worked fine. This was with a AMD 4400+ X2 dual core, so likely CPU wouldn't be the problem (depending on what CPU you installed in the LV-667).

    I plan to get one of these AMD Zacate mini-ITX boards (which will handle BR's with hardware accelerated decode just fine) myself... for $100-$150 or so, not bad. Even though, of course, the screen in the car will be well below "Full HD" resolution. For the same reason as you - having everything in both formats is silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biosehnsucht View Post
    Assuming its not just complaining due to lack of a secure video path (in which case, try AnyDVD HD, see if it "fixes" it)...

    The 945GM chipset on that board can only handle accelerating MPEG2 iDCT and nothing else, so you'd pretty much be looking at full CPU decode. Though, with the right CPU installed that shouldn't be a problem.

    From http://www.commell.com.tw/Product/SBC/LV-677.HTM :

    "Video Memory: Up to 224MB shared with system memory"

    This may be the main limitation, and a BIOS-based one as well (I'm pretty sure the chipset / drivers could use more than that if the BIOS would set it at boot ... )

    I know when I was fooling around with an old AMD 690G based motherboard, using software playback with the onboard video of the 690G chipset, I had to increase my video memory to 512MB for it to work properly. At 256MB it would run, but I had weird issues with the screen being too small (i.e. when I full screened the video it would take up like 1/4 of the screen in the corner, and not show the rest of the video). With 512MB of video memory, it worked fine. This was with a AMD 4400+ X2 dual core, so likely CPU wouldn't be the problem (depending on what CPU you installed in the LV-667).

    I plan to get one of these AMD Zacate mini-ITX boards (which will handle BR's with hardware accelerated decode just fine) myself... for $100-$150 or so, not bad. Even though, of course, the screen in the car will be well below "Full HD" resolution. For the same reason as you - having everything in both formats is silly.
    Thanks for the reply, i will give AnyDVD a try,

    the board is fitted with a T2700 duel core processor 2.3Ghz which is the best the socket will take, it also has 4GB of DDR 2 but it is restricted to 3gb for some reason. so i think it should be able to decode even if it is running the computer at full speed.

    do you think there would be a way to modify the bios so that it allows more video memeory?

    i was looking at the PowerDVD minimum requirements for playing a bluray and they recommended no less than 512mb of video ram so i can imagine the problems you had were why they say 512mb

    thing is i am doing this on a budget, in fact it is just using stuff i have aquired for free or very little, so i am stuck with the LV-677 board, otherwise i would upgrade to something that can handle BRs, or even change the case so that i can fit a graphics card in there, at the moment everything is squashed into a VOOM case, and there just isnt room for a graphics card.

    but like you said, its stupid to have every film in two formats, or spend hours copying everything to a huge hard disk just in case you might watch it in the car, both are very impractical, even though some of my bluray disks actually come with a digital copy or a DVD copy as well, i dont use them or i give them away because these disks take up enough space as it is!

    but thanks for the help, i was about to give up, but maybe if i can get AnyDVD to work, and maybe find a fix for the bios it might still be possible

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