Pros Will work without the multi media
Cons TV, DVD, FM may not work correctly
Summary Well, here it is my assessment of the ATI All in Wonder 2006 X1300 PCI Express. But, it will sound like an absolute repeat of the first one on this list. My computer build isn’t the same but the time period in which I have used the All in Wonder 7500 is. My setup is a newly built bare bones system from ComputerStop with an A8N VM CSM mobo having 512 meg of ram and an Athlon 64 processor.
My problems were with the TV, DVD, and FM receiver. The TV would not get all the channels available. After it got to the 49th it would skip to perhaps 54 and then to 99 missing all the channels in between and then the ones it did receive the video quality was worst than a cheap $50.00 television that may have been built in the 1950’s. I was able to get the aspect ratio to clear by simply starting the DVD once that was done the TV worked with the right ratio setting but still was lacking video quality.
The DVD had trouble with where and when to click on the Play of the DVD movie’s root menu. The mouse’s pointer would have to be somewhere on the page but it sure wasn’t on or really near where the Play was located. To get it highlighted and then clicked with the mouse pointer the pointer had to be somewhere around two or three or more lines from where you would expect to click. This was, to say the least, a bit frustrating. Good news though, the DVD video quality was as good as HDTV but of little satisfaction with the initial start and the learning curve to get it to start.
The FM’s reception failure was very likely happening because of the need for the TV reception to have to be adequate for getting channel reception.
How bad is this situation? I would say it is really bad considering the first gent’s post regarding this card but the next is the fact that I went through three 2006 cards trying to get one that would work. I did get an ATI card to work but it happens to be an ATI All in Wonder X1900 PCI Express that cost me another $234.00 more than the All in Wonder 2006 X1300 and it took the third one of those to have one that works as it is supposed to do. I had trouble with it not getting FM on the first one, no picture or monitor response on the second one, and the third appeared to still have trouble with the FM so I finally decided to take off the antenna that comes with the unit and use another setup and that got the FM working, which means the first X1900 card was probably good and it was simply the antenna that was provided with the card that was bad. Go figure! It still was a 1 out of 3 that was bad.
To add even more to this scenario the customer service closed access to me as regards the telephone technical support from the ATI website. I went through a removal and reinstall of the first card’s drivers with a tech but, I was only able to access the tech number that one time from my registered owner’s support site and then no longer, even with the registration of the second and third set of video cards. However, I got it from the most expensive card’s installation book on April 18, 2006 but not from the X1300 2006 of which was purchased on March 31st 2006. So, if you call a number given on the website be sure to note the phone number you are given for the technical service so as to have it available for the next call you may attempt to make for help.
They should not have put this display adapter on the shelves for sale and what is more to this is the fact that they are well aware of the problem with the cards lack in channels being seen. They posted this on the ATI website on April 16th 2006 as notice number 737-21890 If you feel like a gambler, buy it… it may work for you but the All in Wonder 2006 PCI Express I have is going back to CompUSA for a refund and then to ATI from there.
Pros Installation went smoothly
Cons Bad video quality, aspect ratio problems, bad UI responsiveness
Summary I have been a long time user of the All-in-wonder Radeon 7500 card on my 4 year old P4 1.4GHz machine. It performed incredibly well on my Dell 2405FPW monitor, so I had no need for my regular tv while was working on the computer (about 90% of the time). When I built my new computer, finding a good replacement TV card was a high priority. I was not big on the idea of buying a highly priced all-in-wonder every time I upgraded, but all the reviews for the regular ATI tv cards seemed to be pretty abysmal. Since I was only looking for the tv features and was not going to be doing much or any gaming (I still needed a PCIe graphics card, however), I thought this AIW 2006 edition card was exactly what I needed. However, I was very disappointed from the moment I brought up the MMC TV. The quality of the video from either the RF signal or composite video was just awful. Moreover, the window was coming up in an incorrect aspect ratio. It was in a wide screen format and stretching the picture. And selecting any of the aspect ratio options didn't do anything to the window. Somewhere in the general card settings, I found an option to select "I have a wide-screen monitor," but checking this made the window come up in more of a square proportions. In order to correct this, I had to select a non-fixed ratio and resize the window manually everytime I loaded the program. Accessing the popup menu would take over a second to display, and moving windows around on the screen was very slow and caused the video to jitter. In the MMC, they also removed the ability to turn off the DVR functionality, which I didn't need anyways because I was already using a tivo.
All I want is a card that can put a decent picture of my TV feed to the screen. Why is it that my 4 year old machine (P4 1.4GHz, 640MB) with a much older TV card can do a much better job of this than my new souped up machine (Athlon X2 4200+, 2GB, Raptor150, ...). Technology seems to be going backwards. I am sending this card back and taking the restocking fee.
Pros NADA.......LOW VISTA SCORE
Cons ZILCH,,,,ZILCH...DID I SAY ZILCH.....THE NWO OF PC COMPUTING???
Summary Windows Vista Home Premium (build 6000)
2.50 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Radeon X1300/X1550 Series [Display adapter]
LAST ATI DRIVER VIA::: http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=vista32/common-vista32
UNABLE TO REVERT FROM SLEEP MODE. KNOWN PROBLEM. UNABLE TO RESOLVE WITH LASTEST MS/UPDATES ATI/AMD UPDATES. A JOKE TO SAY THE LEAST......WELCOME TO MR. GATES AND MS VISTA.......
Pros Built in TV tuner, FM Radio, and ATI Radeon X1300 256 MB Graphics card. Very fast PCI-E. Over all, this is a great device.
Cons Does not support Windows Media Center 2005 out of the box unless you download MCE drivers from the ATI website. Compatibility issues came up with Windows Vista Media Center.
Summary The ATI All in Wonder 2006 PCI-E card does it all, and saves money at less than $150. Although it does not deliver the same performance as a separate video card and TV tuner, its capabilities will far exceed your expectations. Its bundled software (including Adobe Premier Elements 2.0) and features, as well as its ease of use makes the ATI All In Wonder 2006 PCI-E card a great buy.