can i use a pentium based editor on an athlon?

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Joined: Mar 18 2003

hopefully this question doesn't draw too many laughs and guffaws.

i am thinking about purchasing
movie dv studio 4.0 w/PCMCIA Firewire Card
(made by AIST)

and plugging it into the card slot on the side of my wee little Averatec 3150H
(on clearance at Best Buy for only $750 after rebates! available for slightly more at Office Depot).

Hoping I can then do some DV editing. My understanding is that it's likely the box of Movie DV Studio will have Pentium specs on it. Here are my Averatec's AMD specs:

RAM: 256 MB DDR (but control panel says 224?)
OS: Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1
Parallel Ports 0
PCMCIA Slots 1
Processor Brand Mobile AMD Athlonâ„¢ XP 1600+
Processor Speed 1.4GHz
System Bus 266MHz
System Memory (RAM) 256MB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 768MB
Type of Memory (RAM) DDR SDRAM
Audio AC '97 v2.1-compliant PCI audio with 3D audio
Cache Memory 256KB integrated on die Level 2
CD-RW Drive Speeds 16x10x24
Display Type XGA (1024 x 768) TFT
DVD-ROM Drive Shared
DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive Yes
DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive Speeds 8x max. DVD-ROM; 16x10x24 CD-RW
Game Ports 0
Graphics S3 ProSavage8
Hard Drive Type EIDE
Hard Drive Size 30.0GB

my understanding from Averatec's tech support is that the graphics card has been preset to 32 mb. i don't know how to verify this (they said something like you have to go into bios, but on some computers i've verified it through windows...).

anyway, if anyone has a similar set up

OR knows how i can compare the speed of an athlon xp-m 1600 to a pentium chip, please let me know! (and this is all assuming that i can use this software on an athlon, which i hope is true).

Joined: Oct 9 2003 gives the system requirements (is this the program you mean?)

Dan Jeffery

Joined: Mar 18 2003


Thanks for your reply. I don't think that's the same product I bought. The "MovieDV Studio" with pcmcia card that I bought did not work - and I do not believe speed or processor chip on my computer was the issue. The problem seemed to be that the software was not able to pull stuff off of the camera deck and onto my computer. I found similar problems noted with this company's software elsewhere online. I would avoid products by this company. I would also note that they FAIL to respond to any inquiries about their product. Perhaps they are out of business (or should be).