Will try as suggested - BUT ... it appears to me that the ONLY NVIDIA chipset that works is the 6.xxx series - and even then you need to go back to a 6100 driver set - we proved this with a 6600 series. When I mean works, I am referring to Alpha Blending switched ON as well NO Video degredation on playback in HD & SD modes. I am fairly convinced that the issue lay in the NVIDIA drivers which means NVIDIA need to get this nailed so we can stop hunting like scevengers for antiquated NVIDIA Graphics cards (6 series are all EOL Now), and hold our breath that any new / more recent cards such as the 8600 series will work WITH Alpha Blending.
If there is anyone who has 100% Video Quality in 1080p mode with Alpha Blending switched ON - I woukld REALLY love tio hear their story.
BTW, using the NVIDIA Linux driver blog is not an ideal solution - it breaks the OS and on a Live update you are screwed. Also, Alpha blending does NOT work with this blog from NVIDIA.
8600 GT works but with less than adequate Video playback and when Alpha blending is switched on there is significant tearing and blurring in high motion sequences of a movie or Live TV.
I have a $120 set top box that successfully gives m Alpha Blending with great Video quality - how can Linux MCE be so fickle? Or is it???
I put it down to NVIDIA - FYI Mr. NVIDIA (IF you are listening) ... There is more to life than Microsoft
Millions will turn to Linux in this arena - why hold back?