Tuner card opinions - Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Bill U, Feb 17, 2007.

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    Bill U Guest

    I don't believe that ATI intends to support my AIW card so I'm looking for a
    TV tuner/capture card. Nvidia has a dual tuner card as well as Hauppage.
    Both seem to be supported in Vista.
    Any comments about either of these cards (or others) and the quality of the
    Vista support?
    Do they come with reasonable software for viewing/capturing, or is Media
    Center the only option?
    Is it a reasonable assumption that any capture card supported in Vista right
    now uses hardware encoding?
    Any information or opinion is appreciated.

    Bill U, Feb 17, 2007
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    Keith Guest

    Hi Bill,

    I have the Hauppauge HVR-1600 running under X64 Ultimate. I was not able to
    get the included software work with my Satellite hookup, so I downloaded and
    used GB-PVR (free). I can now use my card to record shows ;->
    Keith, Feb 17, 2007
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    newpath Guest


    I have a Hauppauge HVR-1600 and an ATI HDTV Wonder working perfectly under
    Vista Enterprise. I never tried to get the proprietary EPG for either
    product to work in Vista because they were a nightmare under XP. I am using
    Beyond TV 4 with Vista and it works great.
    newpath, Feb 19, 2007
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    Bill U Guest

    Thanks for the responses. I bought an Hauppage PVR-150. The included
    software works perfectly. However Media Center shows live TV at about 1
    frame per second (part of the time) even though it will record at the correct
    speed video wise. Unfortunately it can't find the sound input at all. I
    have a few other video editing programs that cannot find the audio input
    either. Fortunately it works with the included software.
    It's interesting that you mention Beyond TV. I installed it to see what it
    was and it screwed things up so badly that I had to revert to a previous
    image of my C drive to fix it.
    There are certain features that I miss from the ATI software. In particular
    I miss the ability to have the TV playing in the corner as a background image
    where you could adjust the opacity. Ah well...
    Bill U, Feb 22, 2007
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