AMD Athlon 64x2 4000+ @ 2.1ghz
2gb Dual Channel RAM
ASUS SATA DVD-ROM
Asus ve245h 24inch monitor
I'm trying to watch DVDs on the computer but the quality is really really bad. It is very pixilated. The image does not lag, it just isn't clear. The image wasn't as bad with my old monitor. It was a 19 inch 4:3 Sony monitor.
Everything else looks good it's just video playback. HD Youtube is very clear but lags. So i understand I might need a video card to get it to stop lagging. But WHY do DVD looks so bad?
At best, the resolution of the content of the DVD is 720x480. Your trying to stretch that resolution to fit a 1920x1200 (or 1920x1080) screen. Some graphic cards will attempt to upscale the resolution of the DVD content so it doesn't look as bad on larger resolution monitors.
Here's a simple test. Start playing a DVD using whatever software you're using in a window. Resize the window to about 1/4 the size of your screen. Does the image look better?
If so, then you could probably do better with a low-end graphics card, like this ATI HD 4350 from Newegg for $30 ($15 after MIR).
Quote from ATI's website concerning the HD4350:
The ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 GPUs can upscale video on displays up to 1920x1200.