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    AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    I just built a new Media Centre PC on the cheap using:

    AMD x2 240 2.8ghz dual core
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    Onboard ATI 4200 GPU with supposed h264 hardware decoding
    Im using the HDMI out

    I put on a 1080p video, CPU utilisation shoots to 100% and the video is stuttering. I've installed all sorts of drivers, nothing is running in the background. Surely a dual core can decode 1080p h264 by itself? I also have a Macbook pro C2D 2.5 and it handles 1080p with about a zillion things runing in the background no probs.

    I think I'm doing something majorly wrong here but I can't figure it out. Running win 7 32 bit. Anyone have any ideas?

    Cheers

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    What is the video format/codec?
    What media player are you using?

    Either the video format or the media player does not support DXVA.
    Last edited by SiM; 03-04-2010 at 12:09 AM.

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    That is seriously odd, the main things I'd install are the latest CCC drivers so that means the 10.3 drivers and CCCP.

    If those don't work then I'm at a loss.

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    I've tried:

    VLC (standard download)
    Media player classic with the CCCP codecs
    Quicktime

    Surely a dual core can decode 1080p in any of those programs though? Maybe I've made an hasty assumtion here...

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Quote Originally Posted by hatrack View Post
    I've tried:

    VLC (standard download)
    Media player classic with the CCCP codecs
    Quicktime

    Surely a dual core can decode 1080p in any of those programs though? Maybe I've made an hasty assumtion here...
    Whats the video format buddy ?

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Grab CPU-Z and make sure the CPU is running at its rated speed. Windows 7 has some odd ideas about power management which may be setting the CPU permanently at its lowest speed (i.e. 800MHz)...

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Sorry, trying to play a 8024kbps h264 .mp4 1920x1080 23.94fps off a 7200rpm hdd.

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    VLC = no hardware decoding when I last checked
    CCCP = ffdshow, no hardware decoding
    quicktime = sucks big time

    Try Media Player Classic HC:
    http://www.xvidvideo.ru/media-player...-svn-1774.html

    Remove CCCP, you do not need it. You can install ffdshow/haali seperately if needed.

    Is the video h.264 L4.1?

    Your CPU will decode h.264 with CoreAVC (it's not free) but it will struggle with the codecs that you have tried.

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Your CPU will decode h.264 with CoreAVC (it's not free) but it will struggle with the codecs that you have tried.
    You're kidding me! I would have thought a dual core <anything> would have eaten 1080p for breakfast. I've been reading about this particular CPU and it seems that people are using them in HTPCs and can decode 1080p. I'm thinking about reinstalling windows and going to 64bit.

    If you're right, I've made a major blunder here. Bought that cpu and mobo combination for the sole purpose of 1080p video playback!

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Quote Originally Posted by hatrack View Post
    You're kidding me! I would have thought a dual core <anything> would have eaten 1080p for breakfast. I've been reading about this particular CPU and it seems that people are using them in HTPCs and can decode 1080p. I'm thinking about reinstalling windows and going to 64bit.

    If you're right, I've made a major blunder here. Bought that cpu and mobo combination for the sole purpose of 1080p video playback!
    IF you cant get it working, although i imagine you will...all is not lost, you could just whack a passive gpu in there and get your playback that way .

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Quote Originally Posted by hatrack View Post
    You're kidding me! I would have thought a dual core <anything> would have eaten 1080p for breakfast. I've been reading about this particular CPU and it seems that people are using them in HTPCs and can decode 1080p. I'm thinking about reinstalling windows and going to 64bit.

    If you're right, I've made a major blunder here. Bought that cpu and mobo combination for the sole purpose of 1080p video playback!
    Well I am not certain, as I have not tried. But if you are using a single thread decoder, I reckon it will struggle (dual core won't help).

    CoreAVC is multi-threaded - a lot of people use that with low end systems.

    Or, use a player that supports hardware decoding, like the one I linked to above

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    I have just played the same video on my Macbook pro C2D late 2008 in quicktime and sure, it's probably using hardware decoding but it's consuming 10% cpu!

    VLC uses about 90% but that's just one core according to Activity monitor.

    I'm just hoping I haven't made a mistake with this hardware combo here!

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Quote Originally Posted by hatrack View Post
    I'm just hoping I haven't made a mistake with this hardware combo here!
    No, I think your mistake is not listening to the very good advice that SiM is trying to give you.

    Also, I take it you have checked your power management settings and that the CPU is ramping up to full speed under load?

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    No, I think your mistake is not listening to the very good advice that SiM is trying to give you.

    Also, I take it you have checked your power management settings and that the CPU is ramping up to full speed under load?
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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    Yup, nothing wrong with hardware. I am using a lower spec CPU on my HTPC and I can play any 1080p.

    I even got most 1080p working well on a single core A64

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    Re: AMD X2 240 2.8ghz can't play 1080p?

    1080p plays back fine on my Sempron 140, 2GB 1066, and 4200IGP. MPC, a decent codec pack (i recommend k-lite codec pack) and your away. When installing media player classic it will ask you do you want DXVA support - click yes.
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