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Mucky Foot
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 8:52 pm:   

After upgrading my video card, I can't get my DVD decoder working. The decoder is [I believe] the same that came with the Diamond Multimedia: Maximum DVD kit 1000. It was an OEM part of a Micron Millennia Pentium II 400 MHz machine that I purchased way back in '98.

There was an internal connection between the decoder and the Diamond Viper 330 graphics card [that also came OEMed]. One of the cable's pin
holes was obstructed, in conjunction with a gap on the Viper 330. I figured it was to keep things from being plugged in backwards.

I bought a Matrox Millennium G400 video card maybe six months ago. In order to get the internal cable to fit onto my new card, I had to free up that obstructed hole, which I did by poking a hot needle in it. All the plastic molding in that one pin hole seemed to come out without any trouble.

But now whenever I try to use the DVD [software] player, I get sound and a black screen. I've seen this before. With the Viper 330 set 24-bit color (its highest setting), I used to get the same result. I had to reduce the color depth to 16-bit before the movie would display.

Well I've tried that already. I've also tried flipping the end of cable 180, in case I plugged it in backwards. Nada. Any suggestions?
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2000 - 5:20 am:   

Here's a thought

Isnt the Matrox an excellent DVD decoder all to itself?

Ive never owned one, but seems to me people really loved it.

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