WinTV-PVR-150 / WinTV-PVR-150 "MCE" TV Tuner Cards

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Cranfield, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Cranfield

    Cranfield Guest

    Whats the difference between the 2 cards? Do you have to use the card that
    has the "MCE" suffix for Media Center Edition?

    We can only buy the non MCE card from the local distributor here in South
    Africa.

    My other option is to buy the Leadtek PVR2000 but I only hear bad things
    about this card on this news group.

    thanks
     
    Cranfield, Oct 28, 2005
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  2. Cranfield

    Nigel Barker Guest

    The cards are identical AFAIK but the non-MCE one comes with a remote & software
    for use on a non-MCE system. The 'MCE' card is cheaper as it omits the remote.
     
    Nigel Barker, Oct 28, 2005
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  3. The cards are not at all identical. The MCE has no remote, but does
    have an FM tuner. These are real hardware differences. Also, the
    softtware supplied with the two cards is different ... VERY different.
     
    Barry Watzman, Oct 29, 2005
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  4. Cranfield

    JW Guest

    This week a neighbor went to get a regular 150PVR card of optained a 150MCE
    card at the local BB since it had a picture of a remote on the box and he
    assumed it was regular 150 PVR card. It turned out that the 150 MCE now
    comes wtih an MCE remote and is more expensive thant the 150 PVR card.
     
    JW, Oct 29, 2005
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  5. There may now be a "retail" version of the 150MCE that comes with an MCE
    remote, but previously there wasn't, the 150MCE existed only as an "OEM"
    white-box product.

    I suspect, however, that you are still dealing with two different cards.
    I'm guessing (and it's just a guess, I could be wrong) that the
    "retail" 150MCE is the old OEM 150MCE card (no remote, but with FM
    tuner) bundled with an MCE remote and a USB receiver. Whereas, I think,
    on the 150 (non-MCE), which does not have an FM tuner, the remote
    receiver connected to the tuner card and was not a USB device, plus, of
    course, it was a Hauppauge proprietary remote and not the Microsoft MCE
    remote.

    But it would be nice to see this clarified.
     
    Barry Watzman, Oct 29, 2005
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  6. Cranfield

    Nigel Barker Guest

    You are entirely correct at least as far as I can tell from the Hauppauge UK web
    site.

    WinTV-PVR-150 http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/products/data_pvr150.html
    WinTV-PVR-150MCE http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/products/data_pvr150mce.html
    WinTV-PVR-150 MCE-Kit with MCE remote
    http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/products/data_pvr150mcekit.html
     
    Nigel Barker, Oct 29, 2005
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  7. Cranfield

    Cranfield Guest

    Ok, I'll defintely go for the MCE version then. How do I get the MCE remote
    control then if I'm building my own MCE PC?

    thank you
     
    Cranfield, Oct 31, 2005
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  8. The remote controls are sold by most distributors of computer parts
    (Newegg has them, I think that Amazon and Buy.com have them also, and
    probably zipzoomfly). They are also available on E-Bay. About $40,
    give or take, for the version that you want. There are at least two
    Microsoft versions, plus some non-Microsoft versions. You want the
    latest Microsoft version. Also, be sure that you get the remote, the
    receiver and TWO IR transmitters, sometimes the packages being sold are
    incomplete.

    Well, this should help, this is what you want:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16880100851
     
    Barry Watzman, Nov 1, 2005
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  9. Cranfield

    JW Guest

    You buy the last package that Nigel listed since as he stated it includes
    an MCE remote and not a Hauppauge PVR remote.
     
    JW, Nov 1, 2005
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  10. Cranfield

    Cranfield Guest

    awesome, let the games begin.
    thanks for all the tips...
     
    Cranfield, Nov 1, 2005
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