So about a month ago, my wife's computer with the AIW Radeon 7500 flips out, and Windows spews everywhere. I do a clean reinstall of the OS, and things are fine... until I go to record video, whereupon I end up with screwy video speeds, and trashed audio.
I've updated drivers for the card, the motherboard, replaced the sound card, updated DirectX, tried different versions of ATI's software, tried different recording software, fiddled with BIOS settings, and too many other things worth mentioning. At the end of it all, the same card in essentially the same setup that worked just fine until Windows flipped out is worthless for recording, and I'm done screwing with it.
The solution? :macos:
Back on topic and off-rant, I've been working on an iMac-replacing beige DT 266 (which is clocked quite muchly; if the CPU goes south, it'll just get upgraded) with an 80GB hard drive, DVD-CD burner "combo" style drive and 384 MB of RAM. I'm thinking of throwing a "Wings" personality card in it and using it to record instead.
Question(s) being: anyone have experience with this card that can tell me what I will and won't be able to do with it? What format(s) does it capture in? What resolutions and bitrates can be achieved? Isn't there a DVD decoder in these things? Do they work significantly better if paired with a faster CPU? (I'll upgrade, just gimme a reason ...)
I've been Googling around for info, but was hoping someone here would have some insight. I can get the Wings for pretty cheap, and I'm realistic enough to realize it probably won't match the AIW, but your input would be appreciated.