piggybacking off another thread that I had posted but have additional questions....
I have the following hardware:
Athlon T-Bird 1.4GHz (May soon upgrade to an XP2500+ or other if needed)
768mb RAM (1-256 stick, 1-512 stick) PC2700
ATI Sapphire Radeon 9000PRO 128mb video card (but soon to go!)
Old School 32" tube TV with component (RGB) in
Running WinXP SP3
I am VERY inexperienced with this, and am pulling my hair out trying to get good drivers/encoders/decoders/codec/whatever I need. So, I am looking to buy something that gives me the most assurance that it'll work with the least headache.
I am having the following 2 issues with my current setup -
1 - Just got in my DVI-to-component cable, but all I don't get a recognizable picture. Lots of cyan colors, and in some instances (such as the XP bootup screen showing "starting windows") I can barely make out the display, but it's horrible. There are three vertical bands showing the startup screen as well. To clarify, I am not talking about a fuzzy picture, I am talking 99% unrecognizable picture. I putcahsed a cheap cable found HERE. I rushed to get it, and didn't really think...is this not working with my antique TV because it's not a HDTV? I figured component input is component input. I am running the latest Catalyst (6.something) off of the ATI site.
2 - when watching live TV, if I pull up the guide at the bottom of the screen video gets really choppy and CPU maxes out. Otherwise, CPU while watching live TV is about 40%. Side note that I downloaded and installed a trial of SageTV, and using default settings (Sage decoder) I don't get any jumpiness with guides there. Other than the guide jumpiness in gbpvr, everything seems smooth and I am pleased. I like gvpvr MUCH better than Sage, so I'd really like to have it working well.
So, my question to you...given that my motherboard has a few PCI (not PCI-E) and an AGP slot, what is the best (AGP or PCI) video card (new or used) that I can buy that is cost/benefit balanced? I'm looking for something with known drivers/codecs/encoders/decoders/whatever I need to have it work with my setup. Also, need to hook to component or 4-pin S-Video on the TV. Looking to go to a flat panel later this year, but don't need this box to run HD (I know my processor/motherboard probably can't handle HD anyway).