"Doesn't work"on by angryshortguy
Pros none, not one, doesn't deserve any praise at all.
Cons no scheduling, no support, remote not free, no driver update
Summary #1 Remote is NOT free. $10 for shipping?
#2 Program guide does not work. It tries to connect to titantv.com, but just locks and takes 100% of CPU attempting to connect. There's no option to fix this or try to choose another site. Can't even edit settings in case ATI screwed up or needed to update the titantv connection settings.
#3 No support. Don't even try to call their support line. They're either no answering or won't have an answer for you. Horrible.
#4 No driver or software updates. Drivers are ancient. When I tried to update the media software (just hoping it would help) the software could not recognize my installation disk as legit. It then refused to install the software. This cd is right out of their box.
#5 Their web site is useless.
#6 Picture quality is poor at best.
So if you want to make extra trips to the store to return this and go with a reputable vendor, by all means waste your time and money on this card.
Pros since it doesn't work, I wouldn't know.
Cons Doesn't work, and there is no support
Summary In a world of really bad technical manuals, ATI sets a new standard. Not only does the manual simply assume I'm conversant with audio-visual technical lingo, it stops short of telling me how to use the attendant software. I guess, like a video game, I'm supposed to spend my leisure hours figuring out how it works.
The only thing worse is the on-line support documentation, which only tells me that the manual is flawed. Apparently it requires installation steps that aren't in fact required. What these are, they don't say.
I'm hoping to at least cost them the price of this junk by hanging on their 1800 number forever. So far, that appears to be working. I've had their 1800 number on hold for more than 18 hours so far. The funny part is I keep hearing a recording promising that on-line I'll find "solutions to thousands of common issues." I think if I produced products with thousands of common issues, I might re-consider what I was doing.
Pros Cheap, TV functionality
Cons TV Guide for PVR Features doesn't work
Summary I didn't need a really fancy card to record high quality, or to display HD - so the TV Wonder 200 was a natural choice.
I wanted to use the PVR features of the card. However, their "EPG - Electronics Programming Guide" (i.e. TV Guide) is not working, so I feel that my purchase was pointless.
Their customer service is slow, and they don't answer their phones. It's is ironic, because they have a flyer in the box that says "please don't return, call our free support". Then they don't answer their phones, and give you the run-around. Plus they're out for the holiday now, and I have no resolution to my problem.
I wouldn't suggest purchasing this product until they get their software issue worked out - if you care about the PVR features of the product.
"Almost Worthless"on by alimist
Pros Can capture video with Windows movie maker. Can play ps2, etc. on PC monitor.
Cons 90% of what they claim it can do is a lie. The picture quality is awful with cable TV, has fuzzy lines. Media Center software is complete garbage. Isn't compatible with Windows Media Center. Freezes up often, my computer has at least 4x the resources n
Summary Whomever is responsible for the software and drivers for this hardware sucks at their job. They are as worthless as the software itself, ruining what could have been a decent product. Because of this poor experience I will NEVER buy any ATI hardware again. There are too many choices these days, for hardware and software, to settle for junk. I couldn't have cared less about the "tv schedule" function, which doesn't work anyway. I didn't need it to play DVDs, or any of the other things it could, or was supposed to do. I just needed it to watch, and/or record TV, and composite input signals. That's was it, but it failed regularly at this simple task. I have found that a PVR is the answer to my needs. I just wish I could have all the money and time back that I wasted on this garbage. I give it a 3 out of 10, it did work sometimes.
Pros I like what i't done for my PC.
Cons no remote!!
Summary still wating for my remote tv wonder 200? please respond. vincent email@example.com thank you. bought on 03/13/07 best buy Deptford.NJ 08096 #579