TV Tuner Card for Laptop

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I'm thinking of getting either a Laptop or Desktop computer. I'd like
the ability to use a TV Tuner card/usb 2 for laptop. Then Connect my
tv to the output. I want to be able to edit out the commercials and
save to dvd+/-r.

Can a laptop handle this and if so would a 1.2mhz laptop do it or would
I need something more powerful like a desktop 2.8mhz. Also would
hyperthreading help a lot if the system had that or is that just for
running multiple apps at the same time. Also is 512mb ram ok or would
I need more.

Thanks,
Chris
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    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814100015

    <socialism001@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:1115186305.492639.194000@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm thinking of getting either a Laptop or Desktop computer. I'd like
    > the ability to use a TV Tuner card/usb 2 for laptop. Then Connect my
    > tv to the output. I want to be able to edit out the commercials and
    > save to dvd+/-r.
    >
    > Can a laptop handle this and if so would a 1.2mhz laptop do it or would
    > I need something more powerful like a desktop 2.8mhz. Also would
    > hyperthreading help a lot if the system had that or is that just for
    > running multiple apps at the same time. Also is 512mb ram ok or would
    > I need more.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Chris
    >
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    >http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814100015


    Very cool above!!

    Anyone have real life experience with it?
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    me@privacy.net wrote:

    >>http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814100015
    >
    >
    > Very cool above!!
    >
    > Anyone have real life experience with it?

    Reading the system requirements it appears likely that it uses software
    encoding--that takes a fast machine. A Hauppauge PVR-USB2 is a good deal
    bulkier but it has hardware encoding and needs a lot less CPU.

    Another external worth a look is
    <http://www.copperbox.com/lite/popinfo.php?lc_code=OnAirUSB-HDTV&uneek=93118867>
    but note that it seems to be out of production.

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    >me@privacy.net wrote:
    >
    >>>http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814100015
    >>
    >>
    >> Very cool above!!
    >>
    >> Anyone have real life experience with it?
    >
    >Reading the system requirements it appears likely that it uses software
    >encoding--that takes a fast machine. A Hauppauge PVR-USB2 is a good deal
    >bulkier but it has hardware encoding and needs a lot less CPU.

    Thanks.... did not know that! Yes id definitely want
    hardware encoding.
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    >> Anyone have real life experience with it?
    >
    >Reading the system requirements it appears likely that it uses software

    how did you determine that? I'm curious
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    me@privacy.net wrote:
    >>>Anyone have real life experience with it?
    >>
    >>Reading the system requirements it appears likely that it uses software
    >
    >
    > how did you determine that? I'm curious

    There's something legal going on next month requiring hardware to
    decode the bits in the signal that prevent you from copying material.
    There's also the whole mess regarding HDTV decoding.
    Maybe someone can shed light on these issues?
    mike

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    me@privacy.net wrote:

    >>> Anyone have real life experience with it?
    >>
    >>Reading the system requirements it appears likely that it uses software
    >
    > how did you determine that? I'm curious

    Mainly they say it needs a 1.5 GHz machine for MPEG recording. On my 1.4
    GHz machine with a PVR-USB with hardware encoding, recording takes 16 meg
    of RAM and 15% or less of the CPU--most of the time it's around 3% with
    occasional peaks.

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    mike wrote:

    > me@privacy.net wrote:
    >>>>Anyone have real life experience with it?
    >>>
    >>>Reading the system requirements it appears likely that it uses software
    >>
    >>
    >> how did you determine that? I'm curious
    >
    > There's something legal going on next month requiring hardware to
    > decode the bits in the signal that prevent you from copying material.
    > There's also the whole mess regarding HDTV decoding.
    > Maybe someone can shed light on these issues?

    That's the "broadcast flag" and it appears to be a tempest in a teapot--it's
    going to be required that new HD hardware enforce it somehow but it's my
    understanding that the broadcast networks have no real intention to use it,
    and if you have older hardware that doesn't enforce it nothing interesting
    happens.

    It is not going to apply to analog broadcast, just digital. Dvico just
    brought out a new HD board that doesn't appear to have any provision to
    enforce it--be interesting to see what the government does about it.

    > mike
    >

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