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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 03:30 AM

Hi,

Could someone please suggest the best card for accepting a TV input for watching TV on my PC and capturing video from my VCR and also for using my TV as a secondary monitor? I'm looking for one that costs less than $50. My TV has an S-Video input which I'd like to use. I've tried a number of graphics cards and can't get anything on my TV, so I'm looking for something that's reliable and easy to use.

Thank you,
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:34 AM

I've never done TV out, but a capture card will depend on what slots you have available to put the card in. I believe that the regular video card must have the TV-out feature in order for that to work properly, but I'm not sure.

I think you are talking about 2 separate cards, but I could easily be wrong. To me, capturing video is one thing while TV-OUT is another.

Possibilities are PCI-E, PCI, and AGP...depends on the system. Ooopss...forgot that there are USB capture devices also.

Following link will illustrate what I mean, http://www.pricewatch.com/search?q=video+c...;cn=Video+Cards

Worth reading, IMO: http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Video_capture_card

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:40 PM

On the TV as a monitor thing,

Hook up the TV to the video card with the S video cable
[ A TV tuner will not make yor TV work as a regular monitor. It will allow you to watch TV & record/playback only
If you don't have a video card with TV out you won't be able to use the TV as a monitor]

Turn the computer & TV off
Turn the TV on & put it on Auxillary
Turn the computer on & let it start
Click anywhere on the desktop there isn't a icon
on the menu click Properties
Click on the Settings tabClick on the second monitor
put checkmarks in the boxes by.
Extend my Windows desktop to this monitor
Use this as my primary monitor
click apply
you now should have a desktop on the TV
click on monitor 1 & take the checkmark out of the box by
rxtend my desktop to this monitor.
The TV is now your monitor


On the TV tuner,
I have a "Easy TV Tuner" I bought off of ebay for $20. with free shipping. :thumbsup:

It came with a remote & a disk with the drivers & software.
It was easy to install & works great !
The ONLY issue is sometimes when I change the channel the new challel will be B&W for a few seconds before the color kicks in.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:50 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the advice. I've tried everything to get my computer display to appear on my TV, including calling customer service, but I haven't managed it yet.

Years ago I had an ATi Radeon All-In-Wonder card that allowed me to do TV-In and TV-Out, but they don't seem to make those anymore. Is there a good modern version?

Thanks again,
Joe

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:02 PM

Do you know what kind of video card slot your motherboard has ?
AGP or PCI-E ?

If not give me the brand & model of the computer [or motherboard if it's not a "brand name" unit]

Also, Do you play any newer "high end" games ?
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:09 PM

It's PCI-E and I don't play games.




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