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Poor quality Photo Slideshow with Vista

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1206nick

#1
Hi there,

i was hoping someone out there could either help me and or advise me.
This is my first post and I am new today to this forum.

I have recently upgraded to Windows Vista Home premium (from XP) with a
new Dell PC Intel Core duo E4500. 2 gig of ram and an intergrated Intel
Media graphics accelerator 3100.

I have noticed when I view my photos as a slide show, either in The
photo Gallery or the My Pictures folder slideshow option, the picture
quality seems very poor. With XP it was crisp and great quality.

If i use the fade option in between slides the pictures seem very
blurry and if I use the classic option (my preference) for the slide
show the photos, while becoming much sharper and less blurry they are
almost pixalated and blocky which is also no good. When I view the same
photos using other applications such as Nikon picture project, Nero 8 or
even set it as a desk top background the photos are fine, sharp and
clear. This is very wierd.

I have obviously looked at my graphics score, after doing a bit of
research, which is 3.6 (I understand a minimum of 3.0 is sufficient for
Vista slideshow).

I know I am not using a dedicated graphics card but the onboard option
surely should be enough to view a few photos in a slide show. My old PC
had a graphics card that is about 5 years old and that still operated my
slideshow with no problem and with crisp and clear imaging.

I have searched the web for any possible solutions but have not found
this particualr problem anywhere and when i rang Dell they just tried to
sell me a Radeon graphics card. I would be happy to pay for a card only
if this will 100 % cure this problem. I don't use a PC for much, burning
CD's and viwing my photos is about all so i only wanted a fairly average
spec machine. I do not play games or watch HDTV or anything that would
require a top spec video card.

I am hoping there is someone with a bit of knowhow out there that can
help me!!

Also as an afterthought the slideshow will also not play any video
clips (created with my Nikon camera) in the slideshow either, even
though they will play seperately using Quicktime. If i select any video
clips with the photos the slideshow does not work. I thought with Vista
selling itself as a multi media centre that these problems should not be
occuring.

Please help. and thanks in advance.


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John Inzer

#2
1206nick wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> i was hoping someone out there could either help me and or advise me.
> This is my first post and I am new today to this forum.
>
> I have recently upgraded to Windows Vista Home premium (from XP) with
> a new Dell PC Intel Core duo E4500. 2 gig of ram and an intergrated
> Intel Media graphics accelerator 3100.
>
> I have noticed when I view my photos as a slide show, either in The
> photo Gallery or the My Pictures folder slideshow option, the picture
> quality seems very poor. With XP it was crisp and great quality.
>
> If i use the fade option in between slides the pictures seem very
> blurry and if I use the classic option (my preference) for the slide
> show the photos, while becoming much sharper and less blurry they are
> almost pixalated and blocky which is also no good. When I view the
> same photos using other applications such as Nikon picture project,
> Nero 8 or even set it as a desk top background the photos are fine,
> sharp and clear. This is very wierd.
>
> I have obviously looked at my graphics score, after doing a bit of
> research, which is 3.6 (I understand a minimum of 3.0 is sufficient
> for Vista slideshow).
>
> I know I am not using a dedicated graphics card but the onboard option
> surely should be enough to view a few photos in a slide show. My old
> PC had a graphics card that is about 5 years old and that still
> operated my slideshow with no problem and with crisp and clear
> imaging.
>
> I have searched the web for any possible solutions but have not found
> this particualr problem anywhere and when i rang Dell they just tried
> to sell me a Radeon graphics card. I would be happy to pay for a card
> only if this will 100 % cure this problem. I don't use a PC for much,
> burning CD's and viwing my photos is about all so i only wanted a
> fairly average spec machine. I do not play games or watch HDTV or
> anything that would require a top spec video card.
>
> I am hoping there is someone with a bit of knowhow out there that can
> help me!!
>
> Also as an afterthought the slideshow will also not play any video
> clips (created with my Nikon camera) in the slideshow either, even
> though they will play seperately using Quicktime. If i select any
> video clips with the photos the slideshow does not work. I thought
> with Vista selling itself as a multi media centre that these problems
> should not be occuring.
>
> Please help. and thanks in advance.
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The following articles may offer some ideas:

(939395) When you view an image in Windows
Photo Gallery on a Windows Vista-based computer,
the image is yellow
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939395/en-us

Microsoft PhotoBlog Frequently Asked Questions:
http://blogs.msdn.com/pix/pages/faq.aspx

I'm thinking it may be worth a try to install
Windows Live Photo Gallery....it may help
with the QuickTime .mov files also:

Windows Live Photo Gallery
http://get.live.com/photogallery/overview
released 11-06-2007

This article may clarify:

My camera takes Quicktime video. How do
I see those files in the Windows Vista Photo Gallery?
http://blogs.msdn.com/pix/pages/faq.aspx#q10

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