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Well I just bought a tv tuner card, and I was wondering how to go about hooking it up to watch tv. Now I know you have to have the cable connections for it to work. I have Road Runner cable internet. Is there a way to use this or do I need to have someone out to install a new line? Sorry for the dumb questions I'm still learning. What do I need to make this work?
08-24-02, 08:35 PM
All this info should be provided in the manual that came with your TV tuner.
If it was me, I would plug the s-video cables (white,red,yellow leads) into my vcr which is hooked up to the tv aerial. This will enable me to watch tv as well as record stuff from vhs to digital avi or mpg or whatever.
08-24-02, 08:58 PM
Also, If you use a splitter(using the Cable Modem and Tuner card on the same jack), you may need a line amplifier, as the signal can lose strength.
The next issue was more of a pain, but once again not a fault of the card itself. As I have a cable modem on my home PC, I already have a coax line run to my computer desk. The only problem was that I needed seperate feeds for both the cable modem and the WinFast TV2000 XP card. So, I tried the obvious solution first and grabbed a cable splitter and a pair of short cables from Radio Shack.
Hooking up the splitter went well enough and when I fired up the TV card application I was gratified to immediately see one of my local TV channels pop up on the screen. Score! Or so I thought...
I fooled with the TV functions for a while (and got blasted by the FM static prior to connecting the antenna!) and thought all was well with the world. After I thought I had enough information to make some preliminary notes, I fired up Internet Explorer to access the Bjorn3d article engine. Alas! All I got was a "cannot load page" error. I then tried refreshing the connection and tried a couple of other websites with no luck. I ran into the same problem trying to check my e-mail, "could not connect to mail server". Apparently, in my house at least, the line splitter causes enough degradation in signal strength that the cable modem won't work if the TV card is hooked up at the same time!
I talked with my cable provider, AT&T Broadband, and they were pretty clueless. One girl mentioned that an amplified line splitter might solve the problem but recommended me to my local cable TV branch office as they might have more information regarding signal strength. A call to them found them willing to send a tech out to the house to look at the issue and see about either boosting the signal or possibly running a second line. Now I just need to try and coordinate a time to meet the tech when I'm not at work. In the meantime, I'll try the amplified splitter and see if that works.
Until then, it's an either/or proposition. I can either have the TV card plugged in, or the cable modem. As I'm doing most of my TV watching while on the treadmill, this isn't a big deal at this time.
One of the greatest things about Bjorn3d has got to be the knowledge and helpfullness of our readers. I've gotten quite a bit of mail on the cable conflict I had with this card and have gotten confirmation on the fix for it. It sounds like a "DC Pass" or "High Frequency" cable splitter that handles at least up to 1000MHz will do the trick and allow both the cable modem and TV card to work off the same line. I'll be sure to try it for myself as soon as I get back from my trip! Thanks to all who e-mailed me with thier advice and experiences!
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