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    Default Advice needed-GA-MA78GM-S2H bios & drivers

    I've got a GA-MA78GM-S2H set up as a HTPC feeding my TV via HDMI, and have been having a few problems with video freezing when watching live or recorded TV.

    I'm using the onboard Radeon 3200 GPU and onboard Onboard ALC889A HD audio, the only addition is a Hauppauge HVR 1300 to tune digital TV.

    I've been searching the forums and it seems that the versions of BIOS, Catlayst graphics drivers and Realtek drivers are key to getting stable TV operation, with the latest versions not necessarily being the best.

    Which version of each should I be using to get a stable system?

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHz Energy Efficient L2 1MB
    OS: XP SP3
    Memory: Kingston 2x1GB DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Non-ecc CL5 UB 1.8V
    Video Card Driver: 8.475.0.0
    Sound Card Driver: 5.10.5532
    TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV HVR1300

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    Default Re: Advice needed-GA-MA78GM-S2H bios & drivers

    After a quick Google, it looks like those cards can be problematic.
    There may be drivers here that might help.
    http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/board/index.php
    (search on your model #)
    Last edited by jflan; 11-01-2008 at 11:49 PM. Reason: Bad link.

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    Default Re: Advice needed-GA-MA78GM-S2H bios & drivers

    Let me know if the above helped you or not. If not I will try to find you the drivers you need. I dont know much about AMD, but I will try for sure to help ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflan View Post
    There may be drivers here that might help.
    Hauppauge UK Forum - Powered by vBulletin
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    Thanks for the tip, but the latest driver disk (4.6b) which the site suggests were only posted this month, are the same as the ones I downloaded and installed about a month ago.

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    Default Re: Advice needed-GA-MA78GM-S2H bios & drivers

    Does your ram pass memtest86+? If not that could be the issue >>>
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

    Freezes are often ram related

    As for Drivers, you can get any of the older ones here to test >>>
    Old Version of ATI Catalyst Drivers Download

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    Drivers & Software

    You do have the latest Chipset drivers installed as well right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Does your ram pass memtest86+? If not that could be the issue >>>
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

    Freezes are often ram related
    Yes, ran Memtest86+ and my RAM checks out fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    You do have the latest Chipset drivers installed as well right?
    Checking the Gigabyte website, it looks like there are some drivers later than mine. I'll give them a whirl and see it it makes a difference. I might also try updating the BIOS to F5 if I'm feeling brave!

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    Default Re: Advice needed-GA-MA78GM-S2H bios & drivers

    Good luck, and yeah a BIOS update may help as well. DO NOT USE @BIOS, here is a qflash guide I made >>>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Good luck, and yeah a BIOS update may help as well. DO NOT USE @BIOS, here is a qflash guide I made >>>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/
    Too late with the @BIOS warning - I installed F5 BIOS using @BIOS last night. It all seems to have worked fine. What's the problem with @BIOS?

    I'll let you know how I get on - I've updated Realtek audio drivers & LAN drivers. Haven't yet updated the Radeon 3200 drivers as from comments in other forums, I'm still not sure the latest 3200 driver is that stable. It'll take a while for me to establish if I still have problems as the family are getting fed up with me tinkering when they want to watch TV!

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    Default Re: Advice needed-GA-MA78GM-S2H bios & drivers

    You just got lucky. DO NOT USE IT AGAIN!

    Windows based flashes will kill your board quicker then anything, just consider yourself lucky and forget you ever knew about the app

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    Update on my progess - No good!

    The later drivers seem to make no difference at all. Watching Live TV is OK for about 5 minutes, then the sound starts to stutter, then the picture will stutter or freeze. This happens quicker if I provoke it by changing channels.

    So far, recorded programs seem to play fine, it's just Live TV that bombs.

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