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MPEG card need a video card terminator!

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I am in need of a 9-pin terminator for my video card so I can use my MPEG card. I guess my first question is will an MPEG card help any with a Voodoo 3D 2000 PCI card? What is the difference between this and an MPEG-2 card?

Basically, what I am after is to be able to see a larger screen without the picture looking like crap! I was thinking of getting that Studio PCTV from Pinnacle! Any ideas? :)

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cyderpunk earned 100 total points
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Erm, basically your MPEG card is for DVD movies, the Voodoo has nothing to do with this, except that it has limited DVD accelation hardware built-in (ie little more than a software DVD-player will give).
The Voodoo card is a (very) good card for accelerating GAMES, but has basically no impact on DVD movies.
They are 2 cards for 2 different perposes, the DVD card needs drivers so that it will, work with DVD movies, otherwise you will be running in software mode - which, if your spec is high enough may look as good as hardware acceleration.
The MPEG2 card (DVD) will make a bit difference in that all the work of processing the movie will be on the card, BUT with a decent 300MHz+ machine you should get full screen smooth DVD without the hardware.
So unless you plan on running movies along-side other games/apps, what is the point?
Also, why do you need a 9-pin terminator, please supply more info.
Did the local PC Shop say so, if so, ignore, do you have good movie performance at the moment, more info please.

hope this helps, if not...
cyder
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There are some older MPEG cards around intended for Video CD movies.

Usually an MPEG card is connected between the Vid card and the monitor, theis may be done externally or internally via the feature connector.

All you can hope for with improved MPEG hardware is best frame rate and smoothness. If the picture looks blocky when large on a high res screen, that's how it is on the disc, some movies are worse than others. It will look pretty bad sometimes when a large range of tones for one color is required.

I have some Video CDs, and I have played them with hardware cards and with software players on machines up to 350Mhz, some of them are just digitised bad, they seem to have been recorded a little jerky in places, probably due to thier encoding hardware not being able to cope with a lot of movement very well.

regards,

Road Warrior
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by:hey40
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ok...I currently have a 233mhz with 128meg of DRAM with the 16 meg 3d voodoo 2000 card and a 13 gig and 6.4 gig hard drive. I have an old motherboard. Also have a scanner, 100 iomega zip drive, and printer, and cd-rom ricoh burner.

If I wanted to get tv capability what would you recommend I upgrade to first? Would that pinnavle pctv need any additional hardware to look good?
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