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Benjamin Sun
March 19, 2002

AIW Radeon 8500DV Featureset
  • Charisma Engine II
  • Pixel Tapestry Engine II
  • HyperZ II
  • Video Immersion II
  • Hydravision
  • Truform
  • SmoothShader
  • 230mhz core clockspeed/190mhz DDR memory clock 128 bit bus
  • SmartShader
  • 125 channel cable ready TV Tuner
  • RF (Radio frequency) Remote Control
  • 64MB DDR memory
Package Contents
  • ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV Graphics card
  • Breakout Box
  • DVI-I to VGA converter
  • Stereo, audio, S-Video and composite video inputs and outputs also DV input and output
  • External stereo connections to sound card's line input and output
  • Dolby Digital stereo audio output
  • 2 external IEEE1394/iLink/FireWire ports
  • Driver CD also contains multimedia applications
  • Half Life Counterstrike
  • Half Life Uplink
  • Team Fortress Classic
  • Ulead Media Studio 6.5
  • MatchWare Mediator 6.0
  • Gemstar Guide Plus
  • AIW RADEON installation and setup Guide
  • ATI Multimedia Center User's Guide
  • QuickStart guide
  • RF (Radio Frequency) Remote Control
Installation
Normally I don't have many problems installing videocards. However with the AIW 8500DV, a lot of work was required to get it up and running. ATI's normal graphics cards only require a monitor cable and perhaps a DVI-I to VGA adapter. Their AIW cards, however require quite a bit more. ATI includes a Quick Start guide with the 8500DV without which I'd have been in a lot of trouble.

The problem with the AIW card is not a matter of complexity, but rather a matter of sheer number of connectors to get TV, Firewire etc to work. Upon removing my previous AIW RADEON from the system, I inserted the 8500DV and connected the connectors according to the Quick Start Guide. Upon reboot, a new videocard was detected and I installed the driver. Upon a second reboot, I setup the TV and Windows correctly detected the Firewire ports and TV tuner. At this point my new AIW RADEON 8500 was successfully installed.



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