I wanted to upgrade my HTPC connected to an old HDTV connected to VGA output and working in 1080i@50 (50Hz, interlaced).
So, i got a new MSI HD55M-ED55 and i3 530.Totally the PC is connected to one monitor per DVI and to a TV per VGA.
Mainboard BIOS v 1.3, the last one. Intel drivers were also the last currently available :
184.108.40.206.2104 - for Win7 64-bit
220.127.116.114 - for Win7 32-bit
18.104.22.16848 - for Win XP 32-bit
- in Win XP the driver allows to select the mode 1080, but it refuses to produce interlaced signal. Only progressive 50 Hz.
- in Win7 after the change to the mode 1080i@50, the driver crashes. The system tries to recover it and after 2 or 3 tries the system friezes completely. So much for a new "stable" OS. In XP you usually receive at least BSOD.
Who knows, is this a hardware problem of i3 serie or HD55 or it is a driver problem. Is there a hope that Intel will fix the drivers?
Note: My old HTPC uses Intel G33 and have had no such problems.
How come everyone asks Intel when they buy some other brand of motherboard? Try Asking MSI??? They made the motherboard. Every motherboard manufacturer implements their BIOS and video slightly differently. I have seen a lot of problems traced back to the RAM not being totally compatible with the motherboard specifications. RAM specifications can be tricky.