[mythtv-users] TV Tuner for mom's computer
Mark J. Small
msmall at eastlink.ca
Thu Nov 8 21:31:57 UTC 2012
On November 8, 2012, Mark J. Small wrote:
> On November 8, 2012, Marc Paré wrote:
> > Le 2012-11-08 15:38, Marc Paré a écrit :
> > My mother is moving to a retirement home and I am driving up to help out
> > re-connecting all tech stuff. She recently got a notice that her Cable
> > service will go all HD by end of November, so her analog PCI TV card will
> > stop working. She is 78 yrs old, likes to watch TV and play solitaire at
> > the same time on her 24in LCD monitor. Location: Sudbury Ontario.
> > What card would you suggest for her system? I can't remember her mobo
> > maker, but what I do know is that
> > * there are 2 PCI slots NO PCIe SLOTS
> > * RAM is 2 gig
> > * hardrive is 250gigs
> > * she has an NVidia video card -- can't remember the model, but nothing
> > fancy
> > I was looking at this card:
> > http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=44_563&item_id=Q782
> > 4 4
> > It looks like PCI cards are definitely getting harder to find! Are there
> > external USB cards that would work? She will be hooking up through a
> > cable set-top box.
> > Cheers,
> > Marc
> > I forgot to mention that she is running Mageia2 Linux.
> > Cheers,
> > Marc
> Is her cable company going all digital or all HD? If it is just digital
> and she's not doing the HD thing, then I'd reuse the existing card and get
> a decent IR blaster to go along with it.
> My cable company went all digital a few years back. I'm running three
> analog tuners with three Standard Def cable boxes and IR Blasters to
> control each ofthem.
> Since she is Sudbury, she is probably on Eastlink. I know that they charge
> extra for HD signals. If she isn't going to pay for HD, then find out if
> her cable box has composite or coax outputs. These will feed in to your
> old analog card happily. Check the wiki for IR blaster use.
> Hope this helps,
As a follow up, she'll probably get a DCX700. Have a look at the outputs
You can use coax or composite for standard def with your existing tuner.
Composite is better. All you need is an IR blaster (which you would need
anyway with a new card).
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