I currently have a Dell Inspiron 531 (AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5600+, 500GB HDD, 2GB RAM) which when purchased was for basic tasks. I didn't need anything capable of playing games.
I hooked up my Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive to it, installed the drivers etc and used Cyberlink PowerDVD to watch a movie from a HD-DVD. As expected, the movie played fine if there wasn't much happening on the screen but as soon as things started to move, the playback started to jump from frame to frame rather than flow smoothly.
So I installed a 512mb, DDR2 ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card. As far as I can tell it has installed correctly. It is the only display adapter shown in the device manager. The previous onboard graphic card no longer shows as being present. Although I am not aware that I have manually uninstalled it.
When I playback a HD-DVD using the new graphics card I get pretty much the same poor playback. Have I done something wrong during the installation or is this my PC'S way of telling me that the remainder of the components are not up to the job.
I'm not really that bothered about playing movies on the PC. My main desire is to be able to edit AVCHD (.MTS) files from my Full HD video camera but before I shell out on the software to do that, I want to make sure that this PC is capable of playing HD footage correctly, never mind anything else.
Any suggestions appreciated.