"Better than HDTV Wonder"3.0 starson by Drkmaster
Pros: Easier to install than HDTV Wonder
Cons: Catalyst MC is just bad software, it requires some knowledge to install it correctly.
Summary: computer descriptions
Windows MCE 2005 rollup 2
Intel Pentium 3.08
328 available ram
128 radeon xpress 200 series intergrated video card
I would like to start off by saying this: "If you're not a techy/patient kind of guy I suggest you just steer away from this card"
ATI has been one of the most retarded companies that I've ever had to deal with. The reason is because most of their products are great concepts... but it's just a pain in the ass to make them work as they were meant to. I bought this product for two purposes only: to have a high quality HDTV tuner, and to fulfill my goal of having a kick ass Windows Media Center Edition 2005 computer. I was very excited when I bought this product, since it seemed to be easier to install than the previous version of Ati Hdtv wonder. Note: I was eager to buy it. When I arrived home, I started to install the Pci card into the slot. Then I followed the manual instructions in order to install the drivers and media center catalyst. At first I just installed the drivers and decoders, because the manual said that Windows MCE didn't require the catalyst mc. I started Mc and I started setting up the channels, and when it finished I was completely disappointed at the results. The DTV channels didn't show up, specially the sd channels which shouldn't be hard to detect. MCE did not recognize them at all. So I was required to install Catalyst Mc, after I installed it I had almost the same results. It detected some channels, but I could only hear the audio but not the video. As I finished troubleshooting the card, I had to call ATI and complain about it.
It turns out that some Windows MC computers that come bundled with Radeon Xpress 200 series cards, have the wrong version of the drivers installed into them.
I had to uninstall the drivers for both of the cards and start all over again. To make along story short After doing all of that my PC lagged severely, and I needed to buy a new antenna.