"MOST AFFORDABLE WAY TO GET HDTV EVER"5.0 starson by Bdubslawman
Pros: LOVE WATCHING TV ON PC IN SHRUNKEN THRUVIEW
Cons: OTHERS IGNORANCE ABOUT ADD IN CARDS SYSTEMS
Summary: If you buy a cut the corners box like dell, hp/compac, emachine, et.al. learn, realize & know that the companies that sell boxed units try & lock down and permanently set all kinds of options; that "medling" consumers might mess up. That's good if you are not computer savvy, but then don't expect to put in a HIGH END after market add-in card of anything and not have issues!
You may pay a little less initially for "boxed systems" but then again you get less (lesser priced quality items and less performance via tweaking options) and as long as you don't really try and change things, your system will run normally...and ultimate potential of the system is hobbled.
But remember, You bought a little to no options system most of the boxed systems have locked bios's and then don't biotch about its limitiations!
Use this as a learning experience for the future! IF you can build your own, if you can't learn or find someone to work with you who can/will.
EXPECT ANY ADD IN CARD TO HAVE MULTIPLE ISSUES... ITS LIKE MAKING AN ORGAN DONATION>>>>sometimes your system is going to reject your choice. ...AND if it doesn't cause your system any issues then just exhale and smile.
One of you wrote:
..."ATI has been one of the most retarded companies that I've ever had to deal with."...
Again...you speak from so much ignorance I don't even know where to start half the time with people like you. You need to educate your self a whole lot more.
ATI's software has issues, just like Nvidia's does, just like Hauppauges software does... With a few exceptions though...
They aren't writing software code for one office, one computer, they have to write software for millions of different configurations, tweaks setups ISSUES....
Its clear that you all must at least tasidly understand this after all you are all still using windont's right? The worst written operating system ever...and VISTDON'T I feel sorry for you people that bought this overpriced software and then can't get your equipment to run! Join the lawsuits!
Back to the video card driver realm:
First off, nvidia has all but abandoned the TV tuner areana leaving the cinema line therefore they can remove any code that relates to that hardware from the newest drivers.
Hauppauge has taken a minimalistic approach which such GEMS as the PVR-150 & PVR-500. You don't have issues with their front end, because especially in the PVR-500....they don't provide one. They pawn it off on the terrible windont's M.C. or on to the very EXCELLENT Snapstreams Beyond Tv (4), but they pawn it off, therefore they don't write the code so they brush off the blame on to those thrid party venders.
Hauppauge doesn't provide a realistic functioning system and if you don't think that-that takes more time and energy to update their malfunctioning issues you are mistaken. Issue after issue. BUT I EXPECT IT BECAUSE I READ, RESEARCH, & LEARN. I expect issues with every card.
PRICE TO VALUE TO PERFORMANCE:
They (Hauppauge) charge more $139+ for the PVR-500 which has no front end, no cables, no remote, no HDTV capabilies and requires a third party system to run and record & burn...Whats the value? Dual Turners. PLEASE! The video quality is LACKING, call it matching the quality of the $40 cards.
I have run Hauppauges, ATI TV tuners and most of the ATI All-In-Wonder Lines since 9700,9800,9600,800 AGP, PCI-E, 1800,1900. I have learned what you do & do not to run & to stream line your system.
I run a stripped down version of ATI's media center on all the A-I-W cards and TV tuner cards (DITCH THE KLUDGEEEE - setups like windont's media center. I load the TV tuner directly and use the recording features that come with it. No fuss no muss very little CPU usage plenty of multi-tasking capablilties left over while watching TV & recording on a single CPU from the first generations of the P3 through the P4 Will, North, Prescott weries.
How, in comparing this in video quality, HDTV capabilities and total package software, cable breakout, & remote this is hands down superior. If you have to tweak some BOO HOO! It's like the ole' line from "Days of Thunder" (...rubbing is racing...) So to (tweaking and issues are computing...) more so under the microdont's regime!
BUY dot Com just put this down again 4-23-07 to $89.99 - $10 google = $79.99 free shiping no tax!!