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memento27oasis
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Posted 08 May 2005 - 02:46 AM

I just got a new pc with a:

128MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon™ X300 SE

So I can plug my cable tv into my new computer and record movies and tv shows, right?

How do I plug my cable tv into the pc? I think it has to do with the colored plug things at the bottom of this pic. This is a pic of the back of my pc:

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thanks for any help.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 03:35 AM

No, you will need a TV Tuner card, sorry.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:07 AM

you mean that graphics card doesn't capture tv? darn. But the pc even came with windows media center edition.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 06:00 AM

Only the All-in-wonder cards from ATI will work as a TV tuner.

You can use the VIVO cards to capture video, but you need to have an external tuner.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 03:37 PM

then what does "(DVI/VGA/TV-out)" mean? It's in my video card.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 03:55 PM

I believe it means you can output to a TV (use it as a monitor), not input from a TV (record TV programmes onto your PC).

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:05 PM

QUOTE (memento27oasis @ May 8 2005, 16:37)
then what does "(DVI/VGA/TV-out)" mean?  It's in my video card.

DVI and VGA are both connectors to connect your monitor, so they are monitor outputs (the blue one on the card is VGA, the white larger one is DVI). TV-Out means TV Output, probably small round connector between the VGA and DVI connection, it can be used to OUTPUT the image from your computer on the TV, no way to capture input with that card.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 05:26 PM

thanks for the explanations. So what do I need to buy to connect my cable tv to my pc and record stuff? a tv tuner card? how much do those run?

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 05:44 PM

Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP Expert for $47.99 this is what I use and I love this thing.
I hook it up to my DVR cable box and catpure stuff to my PC that I have stored on there capture it as a DVD files makes it great for burnning to DVD. It comes with many preset options to formats of how to capture. The only some what odd this is, if you want to watch on-the-air TV, then you connect to the TV port (duh obviously). If you want to watch cable TV, then you connect to the FM port which is normally used to listen to FM radio. I don't question it any more, I just roll with it and it gets the job done.

There is also the Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-150 for $100 which comes highly reconmended from many people that I've seen in other forums and it gets good reviews. But I can't tell much more than what you too can read online.




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