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July 12, 2002 3:48:44 AM

I was looking in getting an ATI Tv Wonder Usb Edition. Does any one know if this will run properly on Windows Xp? If anyone has used this product I would just like to know its ups and downs? Thank You

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July 22, 2002 12:13:10 AM

It's no good. due to the limited USB bandwidth, the card is incapable of capturing in DVD quality mpeg2 format. This is a limitation of all USB capture cards.

As for the PCI TV-Wonder, it's drivers do not work well with Win XP.

I've heard that Leadtek makes a pretty good PCI capture card. Of course, it is more expensive.

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July 24, 2002 3:19:13 AM

He's right, no USB solution actually works like it's supposed to, because USB is only 1.5MB/s. Hauppauage makes some nice PCI cards.

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July 25, 2002 5:06:19 AM

No usb tuners work on xp as of now.
Stay away from them anyway due to the bandwidth issues the others already said.

I use the Hauppauge win-tv go, its only mono but cheap and works every time all the time unlike my old ati tv wonder (stereo) where the drivers and software were horrible and the newer ones you had to hunt down and hack on to get to even work and then they still required mumbo jumbo like clicking on start the tv tuner and really quickly before it starts clicking anywhere else on the screen..
Yes thats no bull****. Even if you use a ati vid card with a ati tv tuner, same issues.

Stay away from ati period. but esp their tuners. Hauppauge or Leadtek actually has the best one on the market with spectacular reviews, its a bit more expensive but has a remote, is stereo, has fm tuning, and more vcr-like features.

One last word of advice dont use a tv tuner on a VIA based motherboard, it will work but I dont suggest using many if any pci cards in via based boards (I use one and I have pci issues).
Your safe with a SIS based board, nforce or AMD.

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December 9, 2002 8:31:17 PM

New USB 2.0 tuners (typically) have an onboard hardware MPEG-2 encoder. The USB 2.0 connection (480 Mbps?) is more than enough to deliver high quality MPEG-2.
December 10, 2002 3:36:51 AM

The PCI version I have works nicely with the latest drivers, but I'm not very demanding of it.