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Hello, I bought a Dell computer about a year ago (big mistake). It has windows media center, but no tv tuner; therefore it has no use. Since I paid extra for windows media center, I no want to buy a tv tuner. Any suggestions for any products? Also, I am wondering, are there any other uses for media center? I would really appreciate some help. Thanks

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Andrew

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Hauppauge Wintv PVR 150 will work flawlessly with XP MCE...you can find it between $50-$100.

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Thanks, Ill look into it. But is there anything any cheaper? Also, I don't have much power left due to my new graphics card. I have a Dell with a pretty bad power source, and Im wondering how much power does the tuner take up?

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No, you won't find anything cheaper than that. Not that's compatible with Windows Media Center anyway. Your power supply should be fine, PCI cards don't draw too much power.

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You can't go wrong with Haupaugge, as far as TV tuners are concerned. It is a top-of-the-line tuner card. You might find a card that is cheaper (and not compatible with MCE), but it won't be worth the trouble.

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Ok, Wow thank you. I have this NVidia GeForce 7900 GS graphics card, will they conflict? My brother told me that a tv tuner is another graphics card.

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Ok, Wow thank you. I have this NVidia GeForce 7900 GS graphics card, will they conflict? My brother told me that a tv tuner is another graphics card.

 

A tv tuner is video input, it's not a video card (though some video cards come with tv tuners). So no, unless your tv tuner is also a video card, they won't conflict.

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The Haupaugge PVR 350 will do decoding as well as encoding, but that doesn't really matter since we're not talking about that. The PVR150 takes the input signal and encodes it. It needs the video card to show the video to the monitor, or other display device.

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Ok guys, thanks. I don't really know how to use the tuner. What do I need to work it? I know how to install it and put it into my computer, but I don't know what to connect it to. I think I need an antenna or a cable connection. My dad's computer is right next to the router and therefore he can use a splitter to connect his computer to the cable. But me on the other hand, I am on a wireless connection across the house. I don't know what to do.

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I guess if you could get in on a TV, you could get it with the tuner card. The Hauppauge's come with an antenna you can plug in. Since I live out in the middle of nowhere, I've never tried it.

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The tv tuner doesn't revolutionize the tv interface, it's just a plug for a normal tv cable.

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You plug the card in, you plug the cable into the card. Shouldn't have anything to do with the modem.

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