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    An antenna something like this?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spektre View Post
    No idea about the quality of this thing...but if you have a PCI slot avilable ...for $10, why not?

    Spektre

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815260007
    for $10 it's worth a try, I'm gonna order one. thanks for the link


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    I have a few different HD Tuner cards (ATI HDTV wonder & ATI 650) as well as "moahdib" Pinnacle HDTV Pro USB Stick. From what I've observed, the antenna sensitivity on each differ. The Pinnacle USB will pick up more channels from a smaller/weaker antenna (ie. the small antenna that comes with it). When I try to use the same antenna on the ATI cards, they won't pick up a strong enough signal to display anything. So I think antenna/signal sensitivity is designed into the card. What might work in a desktop setting may not work well in a mobile setting. The high sensitivity of the HDTV USB probably increases the susceptability of it to pick up unwanted noise...this maynot be of a concern on small screen laptops which it is primarily designed for. Noise like this maybe unacceptable on HTPC settings which will have a significant impact on large screens.

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    Woot had a Viore HDTV Wizard Portable HDTV Tuner for $39.99 + $5 shipping, but they were sold out by 6 AM.
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    I'm new here but thought I drop in on this one. I bought this Viore tuner from Woot. It does not have Vista drivers. The description says "Vista capable", but the drivers will not load on Vista. Others on the Woot forum are reporting the same error.

    The only PC I have that had XP on it is a P4 1.5g which is just below min spec (p4 1.6g) to run it. It did work with the software included but it wouldn't be fair to be critcal of this unit on an under powered PC.

    Prolly not many of you running Vista on your carpcs but wanted everyone to know the deal with this tuner.

    EDIT: The tuner will work with Vista. Just a pain getting the updated driver. Media Center on Vista Premium also works but only with the digital antenna. I couldn't get my analog cable to work with MC but the supplied software worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1engineer View Post
    For those wanting an internal quality internal "mini PCI" there is now one I have tested and works great. It is MiniPCI HD TV tuner LR351" branded under Aopen name but not sure who manufctures it. Included software is Arcsoft Total Media. Haven't found a plugin to embed into Road Runner as yet though. Has great picture HD and SD (digital/analog) from the enclosed magnetic mount antenna. Here is where I puchased from (Received 2 days after ordering with good packaging) http://www.antonline.com/p_90.MPC46.0310-CN_274474.htm . I live in a major metro area and TV transmiters a reasonably close approximately 25 miles, works good for the last couple of weeks I've been using it, no freezes or crashing of the PC.
    I have this AOPEN LR351 Mini PCI card tuner in my Jetway K9F CarPC, but can't find any 64 bit windows VISTA drivers.... anyone know of any?

    (PLEASE no questions about why I am running 64 bit vista in my car - PLEASE!)

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    In order to use the HD tv tuner you need a 3ghz system minimum. Keep this in mind. I have the HD pinnicle tuner stick and am using it on my HTPC, it is only a 2.8ghz and the tuner really bogs it down. If I were you, dont plan on anything to spectacular as far as TV goes for your carpc.
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    Really? I can't imagine it bogging down my 2.0GHz duo core 2 T7200 processor with 2GB ram etc.... I'd be really surprised if it couldn't play off air HDTV smoothly.... BUT, I would really love to find out, but it is looking like I never going to get working drivers for the damn thing anyways...

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    hey! MO, did you had trouble installing the PCTV HD pro stick's software??

    Im getting all kinds of errors...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VmtSquad View Post
    hey! MO, did you had trouble installing the PCTV HD pro stick's software??

    Im getting all kinds of errors...
    I don't even use Pinnacle's own software... its such a PIG.
    Instead, just install the tuner with the drivers but use this http://watchhdtv.net/default.aspx
    as your software which works MUCH nicely. You will need some kind of mpeg2 decoder installed. I recommend Nvidia's mpeg2 decoder. From my testing, this used the least cpu time.
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