I am experiencing perpetual driver crash and recoveries while watching HD DVD and Blu ray movies using Power DVD 7.3 and Power DVD 8 Ultra. I have an HD 2600xt 512mb AGP video card. I thought this topic was slightly different then others I have found due to the repeating crash and recoveries that the display dirver would go through.
I took some time and started with the drivers supplied by HIS. Then updated to the drivers offered on the ATI website and the driver crashes and recoveries persisted. Movie playback shudders and eventually causes power dvd to shut down on any and all of my movies.
I took some more time and sifted through the endless FAQ’s on the ATI website and found the ‘AGP Hotfix.’ I installed this patch and the driver crashes and recoveries continued.
I have included with this post a Directx diagnostic log to full fill any needed information about my computer. Please note that the driver listed in the dxdiag is different then the listed driver in the device manager. Dxdiag lists my display driver at 7.15.0010.0119 and the device manager lists the display driver at 8.512.0.0.
I have searched and read a lot about the VIA Chipset issues with the GGC-H20L. I have a VIA South bridge/sata controller, but as I progressed through all the events I explained, Blu Ray disks play fine now, but the second I throw Transformers (HD DVD) in, the player shudders, locks up, and crashes. I am still worried that Blu Ray disk playback is going to be random as well. I have only been able to start 6 different movies, but not watched one all the way through yet.
The GGC-H20L frimware is at version 1.03 and all of the software that came with the drive is installed.
I am going to keep adding things as I remember them.
Thank you for your time.