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    FM tuner card, where?

    Can anyone point me in the right direction (other than just saying pricewatch) on where to get a radio tuner card? I already have a TV-wonder, I don't need a TV tuner card. Even it it only handle FM I'd be happy. I'm looking to stay under $25. I don't think that's a ridiculous price range considering I've seen All-In-Wonders go for $20.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Well, if you have an LCD to view your desktop and the ability to control mouse movements, you could try the D-link DSB-R100 (USB FM radio). I've been using one for about 2yrs and am quite happy with the performance I get from it. You should be able to get one from PCBAY for about $20 or so + shipping

    http://www.pcbay.net/dlindsusbfmr.html

    Best thing about this little unit is the antenna attaches to the base by an rca plug allowing you to wireup and plugin any antenna of your choice.

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    It's $40, and only ISA, but it does just about everything you'd want an AM/FM card to do.
    AM/FM
    RDS Signals (Call signs, song titles, station time, etc.)

    I'm having to buy a motherboard solely based on whether or not is has an ISA slot. It's worth it, though.

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    Originally posted by Gutter
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    It's $40, and only ISA, but it does just about everything you'd want an AM/FM card to do.
    AM/FM
    RDS Signals (Call signs, song titles, station time, etc.)

    I'm having to buy a motherboard solely based on whether or not is has an ISA slot. It's worth it, though.
    $40 for a ISA FM tuner card??? I'll pass.

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    Originally posted by ppgt94
    $40 for a ISA FM tuner card??? I'll pass.
    That's like saying, "$80,000 for a car???" and you're talking about a Viper. No, it's $40 for an AM and FM card that also handles RBDS signals (program id, song/artist, format, paging, time and date, traffic announcements, etc.) This is the only one I've found that has all of those features and is affordable. I listen to AM radio every morning, so that feature is important to me, but might not be to you.

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    Originally posted by Gutter
    AM and FM card that also handles RBDS signals (program id, song/artist, format, paging, time and date, traffic announcements, etc.) This is the only one I've found that has all of those features and is affordable. I listen to AM radio every morning, so that feature is important to me, but might not be to you.
    That's nice and all, but umh there are like 3 Radio stations in the US that ACTUALLY use RDS...None where I live.

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    Originally posted by ppgt94
    That's nice and all, but umh there are like 3 Radio stations in the US that ACTUALLY use RDS...None where I live.
    You'd be surprised. Every station, minus one, that I can reach is transmitting something on the RBDS band. The one that's not transmitting is a pirate station that's been up for a couple of weeks. I just scanned through and checked. Some are comprehensive, some just have the call signs and station format.

    I'll give up now since you're not going to buy it. But it really is a great card for the price.

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    See you live in Austin. Me...well I live in a farm town.

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    Nice looking card...only problem I see is ISA...yuck

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    why doesn't somebody make a firewire bridge for ISA cards?

    no... seriously.... (j/k)

    How do you work that card into your system gutter? I mean how do you get it to display all the RDS information? Did you program your own custom interface or something?

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