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I'm looking for some video / graphics card help. First of all when running the MyDVD Graphics card test what would be good? What kind of readings should I see to be able to stay in hardware mode. MyDVD runs very slow on my 500 MHZ Dell, could a upgraded graphics card help?

 

 

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I'm looking for some video / graphics card help. First of all when running the MyDVD Graphics card test what would be good? What kind of readings should I see to be able to stay in hardware mode. MyDVD runs very slow on my 500 MHZ Dell, could a upgraded graphics card help?

Tom

 

You are kidding, right?

What version of MyDVD do you have? Was it something that came on the Dell? You may get the program to run but it will always be very slow. I doubt if adding a video card will do any good; you'll still end up running in the software mode. That computer may not have the power to run a video card. .

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I'm looking for some video / graphics card help. First of all when running the MyDVD Graphics card test what would be good? What kind of readings should I see to be able to stay in hardware mode. MyDVD runs very slow on my 500 MHZ Dell, could a upgraded graphics card help?

Tom

 

 

http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/creator/...quirements.html

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If you only have 500MHz (half a Gig) of processing, I'd call it a miricle you can do video work.

 

You'd be better off putting your $$ into a new(er) computer.

 

The PIII discards I'm refurbishing at interconnection.org are getting into the over-1GHz range.

 

If you can't afford a computer from a seller of new computers - see if you can get an old one with at least 1GHz of processing and 1MB of memory.

 

Of course, meeting the minimum specs to use the program would be even better :)

 

Lynn

 

Edited to correct MHz to GHz ... thanks for pointing that out, Brendon :)

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You should probably exceed the minimum specifications for the program.

 

What are you attempting to do with the program? You'll need a P4 or equivalent computer chip to do the compression to mpeg2 video if you want to burn a video DVD.

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NO,,,,, HAYAL NO YOU CANT EVEN OMG, just tell the person they need to drop that thing off at the recycling bin or save the tower and get new guts, chances are that the monitor is salvagable but , c'mon guys and gals, stringing the pc user out is one thing, telling them that they need to really start from emc 5 is another, let alone DVD IT. Love Roxio and Sonic,

Live Roxio and Sonic, even Breathe Roxio and Sonic,, get to the point save the world, and have a nice MEM Day

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just tell the person they need to drop that thing off at the recycling bin

 

Well, that's one approach.

 

One would hope that a person who buys a piece of software would know that their computer should exceed the computer requirements listed on the box or website. Of course, we don't know what version he has or where he obtained it.

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NO,,,,, HAYAL NO YOU CANT EVEN OMG, just tell the person they need to drop that thing off at the recycling bin or save the tower and get new guts, chances are that the monitor is salvagable but , c'mon guys and gals, stringing the pc user out is one thing, telling them that they need to really start from emc 5 is another, let alone DVD IT. Love Roxio and Sonic,

Live Roxio and Sonic, even Breathe Roxio and Sonic,, get to the point save the world, and have a nice MEM Day

I'd say since you'd have to build up from the Motherboard because the one in there isn't likely to support a powerful enough processor, it'd be better to get a new(er) computer. Which I already suggested.

 

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I'd say since you'd have to build up from the Motherboard because the one in there isn't likely to support a powerful enough processor, it'd be better to get a new(er) computer. Which I already suggested.

 

I hope one with more than the 1MB of memory you suggested?

 

1GHz of processing and 1MB of memory.

 

 

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There's a lot of good suggestions you are getting from the replies, but it just boils down to the fact that based on the facts you have given us (and that could have been more) your computer just does NOT have the hardware required to be running EMC 9 and doing any kind of video type programs. So unless you made a mistake about the processor (500Mhz) you have, you might want to think about getting a newer computer. There are lots of good deals around for new and used computers that will do the job for you, should you choose that route.

 

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I'm looking for some video / graphics card help. First of all when running the MyDVD Graphics card test what would be good? What kind of readings should I see to be able to stay in hardware mode. MyDVD runs very slow on my 500 MHZ Dell, could a upgraded graphics card help?

Tom

 

 

Thanks to all who replied. I am just trying to do a VCD. I didn't know if a better video card would improve my performance. The consensus of you guys is it won't and that I should buy a new computer. This is very helpful advice. Instead of spending my money on a graphics card I will get a new computer.

 

Regards,

 

 

Tom

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Thanks to all who replied. I am just trying to do a VCD. I didn't know if a better video card would improve my performance. The consensus of you guys is it won't and that I should buy a new computer. This is very helpful advice. Instead of spending my money on a graphics card I will get a new computer.

 

Regards,

Tom

One more point... when you get your new computer, you still want to get a good graphics adapter, not just the standard "on-board" video that comes with many systems if you want to do video work. The on-board video adapters typically use some of your system memory, making it unavailable for applications, and also don't have the horsepower of a dedicated video card.

 

Hope that helps!

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Thanks to all who replied. I am just trying to do a VCD.

Regards,

Tom

 

The quality of VCDs is terrible. It's basically a low quality mpeg1 file on a CD.

 

So making a VCD may be possible on your current computer, but you're not going to like the results.

 

A DVD has higher quality mpeg2 video and that's what most of us burn.

 

If you decide to get a new computer, look at the hardware requirements on the side of Easy Media Creator 9 and get a computer that exceeds those hardware requirements.

 

A word of caution...... if you don't have a Vista compatable copy of Easy Media Creator 9, the older versions of Roxio and Sonic products will NOT work on Windows Vista.

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The quality of VCDs is terrible. It's basically a low quality mpeg1 file on a CD.

 

So making a VCD may be possible on your current computer, but you're not going to like the results.

 

A DVD has higher quality mpeg2 video and that's what most of us burn.

 

If you decide to get a new computer, look at the hardware requirements on the side of Easy Media Creator 9 and get a computer that exceeds those hardware requirements.

 

A word of caution...... if you don't have a Vista compatable copy of Easy Media Creator 9, the older versions of Roxio and Sonic products will NOT work on Windows Vista.

 

 

OK, thanks again. I'm just getting into this so I have a lot to learn. On any new computer I hope to be able to copy over my existing system disk so that I don't have to reinstall everything. That being the case I would hope to still be on XP Pro.

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You will have to re-install.

 

When you set up a new computer, there will be changes needed to drivers and so on - you can't just Ghost your existing setup over as it won't work

 

Because of that, you will also have to re-install all apps because the registry entries needed to run them won't be there

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