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J. Kyle
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Here's the deal: I have a Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350 TV Card and the software BLOWS. I have to reinstall every few weeks, the support for it is awful on the website and openly hostile over the phone, this thing just sucks.

However I do know there's a bunch of third party software for it but I can't really find a page that says a certain one is best. I'd like MythTV but it requires a 64bit system and I'm running 32bits on Vista.

Any ideas?



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What a coincidence. I just bought a Hauppauge HVR 1600. It's pretty awesome. I'm using GBPVR which is 100% free. The only thing was that it took me a little bit of tweaking to get it to work.

Still not totally finished. I just figured out how to make it change automatically from an MPEG (78 mb for 1 minute of full HD (1280 x 720) video) to XVID format (32 mb for the same video).

You can't beat the price, and once it's running the software works better than the included Hauppauge software (though I haven't had the problems you've had with it). I'm hooked up to an antenna and the Hauppauge software won't display video for several of my channels. But MythTV didn't have any problems once it was configured right.

But I will admit for a day or two I thought it was hopeless, so a bit of a learning curve is required.

Incidentally, MythTV only runs in Linux, anyway.
http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-3.html#ss3.2
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I have Windows XP Media center edition, which has the best PVR PC interfaace that I've worked with.

I still bought two TiVos and when I went to DirecTV I got two DVRs from them.

I just don't like the PC as a DVR.




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Sing this special song. It's just for you.
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I have Windows XP Media center edition, which has the best PVR PC interfaace that I've worked with.

    I still bought two TiVos and when I went to DirecTV I got two DVRs from them.

    I just don't like the PC as a DVR.
Will that run on Vista? And I mostly use it as a TV Card, or to record short clips.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by J. Kyle
      Originally posted by Guru Zim
      I have Windows XP Media center edition, which has the best PVR PC interfaace that I've worked with.

      I still bought two TiVos and when I went to DirecTV I got two DVRs from them.

      I just don't like the PC as a DVR.
    Will that run on Vista? And I mostly use it as a TV Card, or to record short clips.

A search tells me that Windows Media Center is included with Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate, so if you have one of those you've already got Windows Media Center.
If you have Vista Home Basic or Vista Business, however, you're out of luck.
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
      Originally posted by J. Kyle
        Originally posted by Guru Zim
        I have Windows XP Media center edition, which has the best PVR PC interfaace that I've worked with.

        I still bought two TiVos and when I went to DirecTV I got two DVRs from them.

        I just don't like the PC as a DVR.
      Will that run on Vista? And I mostly use it as a TV Card, or to record short clips.

    A search tells me that Windows Media Center is included with Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate, so if you have one of those you've already got Windows Media Center.
    If you have Vista Home Basic or Vista Business, however, you're out of luck.
Argh. I thought I mentioned I was running Business. (Don't ask me, it's what came on my new PC but not what was supposed to.)

The real question is Windows Vista Media Center as good as XP Media Center? Is it worth dropping some cash on or does anyone know of a free aleternative?

I Think I'm going to cry.

I've been at this TV Tuner for 3 days straight.

BeyondTV won't start outside of setup mode.

WinTV only works if I use a 250 driver (I have a 350 card) but won't go above a 300(ish)x400(ish) resolution. The 350 drivers net me an empty frame.

Video Capture Magic has only two frame sizes (super tiny and full screen) and no sound. Their rech support also doesn't feel like helping me since I'm on the free trial.

Intervideo just refused to work.

Is it Vista Business? Should I switch to Home Premium to get Media Center? That costs the same as the third party crap that has failed to work.

Is my 32bit-ness really that bad?

(edited by J. Kyle on 12.10.08 0126)


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I'm running Media Center on Vista and it is the only thing about Vista that doesn't piss me off. So far it has done everything I need without any tweaking. I don't really try to convert between file types, but if you are just recording to watch on your computer through media center, or to burn onto a dvd, it works fine.

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