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2008-11-10 05:05 PM
granduncle Yes, it is.
Depending on whether you want to use your TV's speakers,
there are some configuration changes to the default you should make.
2008-11-10 04:24 PM
edv GA-MA78GM-S2H Question

Is it reasonable to expect that I can use this motherboard's HDMI OUT exclusively for audio & video to my AVR (HDMI 1.3 spec & 5.1 audio setup) then out to my plasma (1360X720) ?
My AVR allows 4 HDMIs in and 1 HDMI out to the display.

Or will I need to consider the 15pin RGB directly to the TV and the digital audio only to the AVR?

2008-08-17 12:24 PM
USB wakeup from S3

I built my HTPC using the GA-MA78GM-S2H rev1.0 mobo. I control this computer using the xgene keyboard (with built-in trackball). This keyboard has an RF dongle, which I've plugged into the front USB port of my Antec case.

I cannot get this HTPC to wakeup from S3 sleep using the xgene keyboard. I've done the following already:

- updated mobo bios to latest rev.
- enable USB wakeup from S3 in bios.
- ran GB patch "enableUSBS3XP."
- ensured the "allow this device to bring computer out of standby" was ticked for HID device, mouse and keyboard entries in device manager.

Anybody got this to work ? What am I missing ?

2008-08-12 09:16 PM
PPL4GOLF Just a normal house :~)
I have a PC (my contemporary TV/VCR) in BR/family room/office/kitchen, one is about to be retired.

Back on topic, when I was hooking up the HTPC to my LG plasma, the VGA port on the Gigabyte 780G mobo gave me the least trouble, S3 resumed worked every time. The quality was just as good as the HDMI. The only reason I am using the HDMI is because the direct command to select VGA is broken for the Harmony/LG.

HDCP (for HDMI) is very much in effect, whenever I change input sources on the TV, PowerDVD will stop playing the HD discs.
2008-08-12 05:15 PM
granduncle Wow! You must have one heck of a house...

I agree that ATI onboard is quite sharp over VGA. The old NV 6150 (onboard) wasn't bad either.
The best way to check this is to look at the icon text on a 20"+ display with ClearType turned on...
But there is no way to notice something like this on video footage. And a bonus: no HDCP over analog...
2008-08-12 04:49 PM
PPL4GOLF It's a strange observation, but having 5 HTPCs in the house, I noted the onboard d-sub (vga outout) off my 2 ATI mobos are actually pretty tac sharp which I won't hesistate to use. There are some obvious fuzziness in the VGA ports my 8400GS and the Intel G33/GMA3100.

The VGA port on the display is worth another try and there will be no problem displaying at the same time. Configuring the CCC to do it right all the time can be a problem though.
2008-08-11 11:02 PM
granduncle The 780G, like any other IGP mobo, can handle 1 digital display and one analog.
If one is HDMI, DVI can be only DVI-I, the analog part of it.
2008-08-11 07:24 PM
recneps77 I know the gigabyte only has DVI or HDMI enabled at any one time - to switch you have to enter bios, change the value and change it back.
It takes like 30s max, but if you're constantly switching, it's not the best situation.
2008-08-11 05:21 PM

With any of these 780g boards (ASUS or Gigabit, or other):

Is it easy to switch between the DVI and HDMI displays?
I want to have both devices connected (and possibly both powered on).
I don't want to have to change the BIOS everytime I want to switch.

The ASUS mentions a BIOS setting (HDMI/DVI/AUTO).
The Gigabit mentions a VBIOS TYPE (HDMI/DVI) -- no option for "Auto".

I will have
- Projector on the HDMI (1920x1080) and
- LCD monitor on the DVI (1600x1050).

Will I have to reboot and only have 1 display powered on for it to detect properly?

2008-06-29 11:30 PM
recneps77 9850 is not officially supported for either (I guess the 5-phase still wasn't enough?)
9750 works fine, however. (I have it on a rev 1.0 s2h)
2008-06-29 03:44 PM
Michael DeAbreu The CPU support list for both the S2H rev.1.1 board and the new DS2H board include the 125W 9750 Phenom but the 9850 is explicitly not supported.
2008-06-28 01:49 PM
recneps77 I had not heard that before, and many MANY people were discussing it in the AVS forum.
Are you sure you weren't reading about the new one to come with built-in gfx memory? (128 sideport)

( rev 1.1

The first is the 'original' just rev 1.1 - different heatsink and NB fan connector
The second is the one with the sideport memory - notice the 5 blocks around the CPU - that's the 5 phase power. The rev 1.1 still only has 4
2008-06-27 07:56 PM
spensar The 1.1 "re-worked the PWM and has added a five-phase solution which should support AMD's entire range of processors." I believe that there was an issue with 125W Phenom processors with the 1.0 board.
2008-06-27 07:47 PM
Michael DeAbreu

pre-order from NCIX for $122
2008-06-27 02:08 AM
recneps77 The revision 1.1 heatsink seems to have no effect - the TMP3 still reads 80+
It's either not the true NB temp (you'd feel a REALLY hot heatsink if this were true) or its reading incorrectly. (People tested and posted results in AVS forum's post.. its like 100 pages long, so I'm not going to find the exact posts )

If you were holding out, keep waiting and get a board with sideport memory, the 1.1 is essentially the same as 1.0
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