The most suit table set-up for AV master

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Joined: May 9 2001

So a novice wants to use the master's card, AV, fast, and dazzling. I was under an impression that anything I "plug" will "play" properly but that clearly was not case.

I am using a celeron 333 with a Taiwanese mother board that has a VIA chipset. AV master works about 50 percent of the time. When AV master does not boot, taking the case out and move the card around seems to solve the problem and capturing would go fine, but then editing is slow, crash prone, and the outcome would always be less than decent.

Now I am getting a new computer and this time I would like it to work very well. I have heard that alot of people were able to get their card to work seemlessly with their system.

My question is what is the best suited operating system for AV master? What is better window 98, Me, or NT 4.0? At least what are the pros and cons of each system?

Secondly, what is the prefered hardware, must it be a Pentium III with intel chipset on the mother board? Some folks say CPUs of the AMD family offer more bang for the money. Please, someone advise.

If someone has a successful set under a limited budget, please please please give some example.

Joined: May 7 1999

I've happily used an AVM with AMD K6 systems. I believe most reports of "AMD incompatibility" have never been researched properly, and are more likely to be concerned with motherboard issues.

The biggest problem with this card IME is that it will not share IRQs. However, nothing stops Windows PnP allocating it to a shared IRQ, and the system will promptly fall over. The only way to affect the allocated IRQ is change the slot the board is in, and/or change the slots you put other PCI cards in. The BIOS boot screen will tell you what IRQs are used, though Windows is quite capable of re-arranging them. Use device manager to see how the IRQs have been finally allocated after boot.

I've not used it under NT, but it may be easier to manage as NT is not fully PnP so allows you more control.

Another potential problem is overlay, which doesn't always work with every display card. FAST always recommended Matrox cards, and I had no problem with a G200. I've also had it work with a Voodoo 3. However, you can turn overlay off if you have an external monitor - sometimes it's easier to work that way.

I found it didn't like ME very much, especially overlay. I think this was connected with the implementation of DirectX in ME, but I never got to the bottom of it as I then went to DV.

I hope this is at least some help!

Richard Jones,
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