View Full Version : Graphics and tv tuner card

23-02-2004, 12:32 PM
hi everybody,

i want to purchase TV EXCEL PCI TUNER CARD cause they are dirt cheap at the moment also a HIS Radeon 9200 SE 128 DDR graphics card for the same reason. I have searched the net but can't come up with the answer to do i need the graphics card to use a tv tuner card? (Sorry for being a dodo in advance) could i get away with just the tv tuner card first and get the graphics later or is it recommended? Also does anyone have any of these cards are they good for the price (tv=$70 has the bt878 chip)(graphics = $104) i would be running them on a win xp home SP1 athlon xp 1700 1.4ghz

23-02-2004, 12:46 PM
I have a askey 99 tuner card and it works fine in my hubbies comp. His computer has onboard graphics. it should be fine.

23-02-2004, 12:47 PM
Hi purpledot4_1,

As far as I am aware, none of the bt878 chipset cards have vga-output unless they're part of an All-In-One AGP Card.

The price seems very reasonable for the card, and your PC Spec's more than suffice :-)

Hope this helps


23-02-2004, 12:57 PM
You get what you pay for,the software that comes with the tv card is...uh...lacking.Usable and full of features but not particly nice to use.

The video card is el budget,It depends what its replacing.Tjhe SE signifies it has a slower clockspeed and thru worse performence then the reguler 9200,and the chipset is an old one ati have re-released so to speak.Expect performence to be about that of a g4mx420(Very very bad).

23-02-2004, 12:58 PM
Unless your going to buy them off me in which case they are the best gear on the market.


23-02-2004, 01:10 PM
yes your probably right there. but this will be a first time thing for me. don't want to waste money so how about the winfast tv/fm tuner (tv 2000xp deluxe)

23-02-2004, 01:12 PM
what do you use? and i only have onboard everything do i need a graphics card if all i want to do is watch tv?

23-02-2004, 01:13 PM
i would definitly recomend the winfast card.

23-02-2004, 01:15 PM
> what do you use? and i only have onboard everything
> do i need a graphics card if all i want to do is
> watch tv?

Might be an idea to quote the post of the person your asking,otherwise it isdifficult to say the least figuring out whom your asking.

Onboard will be fine,as long as it suports overlay(and i presume it does,just buy the tv card and have a crack)

I use the winfast tv card.

23-02-2004, 01:16 PM
thanks for that advice, i shall take it shopping with me tomorrow:-)

23-02-2004, 05:26 PM
I have a winfast tv2000xp which performs fine until I want to capture, (see my earlier post couple of days ago). Can't get a smooth capture, jerky playback and audio. You can see this happening when capturing. I'm using xp1600 with 512MbDDR and gf3 with 64Mb.

23-02-2004, 09:08 PM
Do you have DMA enabled on your HDD? You need a fast enough HDD, or a CPU fast enough to encode it to a more compressed format ;-)