I am considering a video projector purchase, but am wondering how DVDs will run through my Pismo with its 8 meg video card. Does the video card and it's meeger 8 megs have any negative limitations on projecting DVDs onto a screen through a projector?
I would assume not. How are you connecting the projector to the Pismo? The VGA connector or the S-video connector? If you're connecting it to the S-video connector, it would treat the projector like a TV, I would imagine, with a 640x480 resolution. If you're connecting it to the VGA connector, it would treat it like an external monitor connected to the VGA.
Previously, I had run a children's video through someone else's projector with my Pismo (VGA) and every quick movement of cartoon character seemed to have a trailing image. It could have been the DVD itself (?). This is the reason I thought it might be my 8 meg video card. I will be using the projector for digital media (DVD's, etc.), so this is why I am concerned.
Your graphics card should be adequte - afterall, the iMac DV models shipped with a 8 MB graphics card and played DVD's like a charm (although the graphics card in the iMac DV's are far faster than the Pismo's graphics chip - powered by the Rage 128 on a 2X-AGP bus).
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According to most DVD software companies, etc. The minimum requirement for playing a DVD well is a 4MB graphics card, but they HIGHLY recommend the 8MB one. I have personally played DVD's through a Pismo before with a projector, with no issues whatsoever. And as for the trailing cartoon characters, that might have been the projector itself. Good Luck
We use a Pismo exclusively with our projector at work all the time, and never have I seen any issues with DVD playback when connected to the VGA port.
The "ghosting" you were talking about sounds like the projector to me... we've played a lot with them in my office, and I find that some projector actually do that all the time. I'll see if any kept a list of the "ghosting" ones on Monday.