Posted 08 April 2010 - 08:51 PM
Yes, you can.
I have an older Hauppauge card and have had several ATI All-in-Wonder cards.
You need the set-top box for everything that humans watch TV for. If you only want to pick up a couple of local channels, I suppose that you don't need it.
What I do...I have cable coming into the bedroom...I attach a splitter to that and run coax to my tuner card on my PC and run another coax to the set-top box (which connects to the TV). If you worry about degradation of signal strength, you can use one of those signal amplifiers sold at KMart, Walmart, etc. I have a couple of those but don't use them.
You can run the splitter from the set-top box...but I don't suggest that. All you get is two screens with the same channel. Your cable provider will give provide another box (if you want) for $3 a month here in TX.
Using two set-top boxes allows you to record from one while using the other for TV.
Once everything is properly setup and the card drivers have been installed, you are ready to go.
You can use the Hauppauge software for capture...or you can use any existing video-edit programs you may already have (Ulead/Corel Video Studio, Windows Movie Maker, etc.) to capture video. Whether you use it or not, I suggest that you set up the Hauppauge program (configuration purposes).
Note: If you try to record and there's no sound being recorded...check your volume icon on XP. The recording functions are probably not set up, with line-in elected.
The tuner in a set-top box is more of a decoder...that feeds signals into your TV in a manner that the TV understands. Without it, those signals would be just so much junk. There is no conflict possible between the two devices.