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TV tuner cards?
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Good news: I'm being kicked out of home!

Well, not really. It's more like the major renovations the house is getting will throw up enough dust and dirt that for my asthma, I can't head home for the weekends- meaning I'll actually be able to stay on campus instead of being hauled home. This is a good thing.

Anyway, there are only two reasons my Nintendo Gamecube has remained at home instead of going to college with me: I've been at home on the weekends when I'd have time to play it anyway, and I don't have a compatible television without spending $20 on the adapter to connect it to the antenna. Well, the second is still true, and the television I've got isn't working any too well. (The upper left 1/8 of it refuses to show green, making everything show up in nice pretty shades of magenta.) That combined with wanting some way to record shows and archive them, I've decided to get a moderately low-end TV tuner card for my computer.

If nobody has recommendations, I'll just order one myself- probably the cheapest one with overall good reviews. But I'd like advice that anybody can give...

-Able to take S-Video and a sound input and display it, so I can play my GameCube with my computer monitor.
-Able to connect to an antenna, not only cable. (I'm not paying the $1.50/day for cable!)
-Stable and not crashy.
-Included software must be able to act similarly to a programmable VCR, with timed record as long as the computer is booted. (Hmm, when's the next season of The Amazing Race going again?) It must be able to create output in a non-proprietary format.

-Compatible with Linux.
-Inside-the-box, rather than an external USB device.
-IF AND ONLY IF IT'S NOT TOO EXPENSIVE, Digital-ready. I figure I'll just get the little box to convert a digital signal to an analog one when the FCC says all the stations must switch over, assuming the difference in price between digital-capable card and not-digital-capable card is as large as I expect it to be.
-Reasonably cheap for someone who's still in pain from $400 in textbook fees.

Any advice?

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Congratulations on being able to stay on campus!

I actually recommend getting a TV if you're at all interested in watching TV while using the computer. Having the TV separate from the computer allows you to do work on the computer and watch the TV at the same time; otherwise, it can be difficult to have enough space on the screen to do both at once.

Either way, good luck finding something that will work for you!

I got some sort of ATI TV Wonder Pro, I think. My dad got rid of it because he couldn't get it working, but it works fine for me. It accepts the standard red/white/yellow thing as well as S-video with a little adapter thing it comes with, and also does cable.. not sure if it does antenna or how that all works, though.

I've been playing my PS2 on it, because I like being able to play my mp3s while messing with games.

However, not sure how it'd fit your needs or anything. Also, the gaming doesn't work with the standard program it comes with, or at least, I couldn't figure out how to. The reason is because it has a 1 second or so delay for 'timeshifting'. I've been using another program called Dscaler which works real-time. It's free and on sourgeforge or something, I think. Or google it.

Well, I went to CompUSA today (I was in the area anyway- going with my father to buy yet more bookshelves to hold yet bore books that don't fit on our shelves...) and they turned out to have such a card, listed at $49.99, my target price. It rang up at $79,99, which was outside of my target price range, and that was that for my attempt to get an ATI TV Wonder Pro. (It turned out the price tag was for an object actually on the other side of the store. That's the third time in as many visits I've found something with a drastically low inaccurate price tag at that store, and I'm starting to distrust that as just being bad luck.)

But it does work well for you? I've seen reviews saying that the software has a few issues, but I mean a few reviews- I just can't find many. So if it really doesn't require installing the CD software, then installing the software from ATI's site, then uninstalling both, then installing the CD again, I'll consider it again.

Heh, that's weird and annoying.

It works fine for me. My dad had some issues of it not recording with sound, but I'm not sure if he was just doing it wrong or what. It'd play TV with sound and all, but if he tried to record, it'd have none. *shrugs*

What I ended up doing, stupidly, was install from the CD, then download the ATI updates and install them, only to find out I corrupted the installation or something but not removing it initially. :P So I think you only need to just install the ATI website stuff. After I did that, it was working excellently. Then I just used DScaler for my gaming anyway, so I'm not sure it mattered, other than to have the drivers installed. Hm. Anyway, yeah. I like it. Wasn't sure how much it cost though.

There's also two versions, one's a normal PCI slot one and one is a USB one. I assume the USB one is more expensive.

Whew. I was initially like WHAT?! when I read that first sentence. Poor Gamecube, I'm sure it'll sit by the door and whine and wimper, wondering where you are...

And I really can't suggest anything to you without getting a serious brain malfunction, and I need it for college! Sorry! n.n

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