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500Mhz CPU can handle VIVO card?

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February 10, 2003 12:36:35 PM

Hi to everybody.

I was thinking to use my old K6-2+ 500 with and affordable VIVO card (probably an ATI AIW 7500) to watch TV, decode and see some "codified" programs, play DVD and also (not sure yet) use it as VCR. I'm not looking for making DivX files or encode MP3 with this computer.

Other components will be 256Mb SDRAM, P5A-B mobo and DVD-ROM. Currently HD is just 6Gb but if needed I can get a 40Gb 5400rpm. W98SE as a OS.

Thanks for your input. Any suggestion is welcome.


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February 11, 2003 10:45:15 PM

You've picked the right video card anyting more modern (and expensive) would be a waste. Your system should be able to handle those tasks but it won't be the fastest at it. People were using 500's for video editing a few years back so I don't see a problem.

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February 11, 2003 11:36:58 PM

Just don't plan on recording at 720x480 or anything as that would be too intense for your CPU. You'll probably be limitted to around 320x240 recordings should you use this feature.

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February 13, 2003 1:58:32 PM

I've been looking into different options, here there are:
(note:1 euro is not exactly $1, prices in $ are about 7-8% higher. But I think 1€-$1 conversion can be done for simplicity)

- 3D Prophet 7500 AIW is 156 euros
- 3D Prophet 8500 AIW is 489 euros (what the f*cking! :mad:  )
- ATI Radeon 9000 ViVo for 99 euros + shipping on eBay Germany, "New product" (glups!)

Well, apart for the prices (What the hell happen in Europe?), I was thinking the the eBay option can be the best. It's cheaper, it's a Dx8.1 card (Dx9?), probably not really power hungry, and I can always use it later in a more powerfull system (not the K6-2+) and use the VCR at 720x480 (thanks for the advice Crashman!)

I was even thinking on buying AIW 8500 from newegg using someones address and then shipped to me. But I suppose $179 for the retails version ($168 bulk) plus shipping costs (two times, one internationall), it's stupid because the Radeon 9000 is just a little bit slower. Also the 9000 will do the job perfectly, is not the AIW but I think ViVo has the same funtionality, isn't it?. The only wrong here is that it's on eBay.


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February 14, 2003 3:05:32 AM

Nothing powerful is needed to use a TV card to watch TV on your PC. I have a cheapo ATI TV card in a pentium 233 MMX at work running full screen that I have running 100% of the time while working.

It runs without a hitch.

I have a K62-500 setup next to it running XP as a server for managing our selection of drivers (so if we loose the web we can still work and have access to drivers). This same box was used to play back divx movies full screen at the same time.

Your machine is fine for what you are trying to do.
April 9, 2011 2:39:05 AM

ok but how do you record your desktop?
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