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Will Hunt
23-06-2004, 02:32 PM
Well i bought a Pixelview playtv pro for $70nz and i had no problems with it.

However i've reinstalled windows, and now when i try to install the software and drivers for it. It seems no matter what i do, it says " you have no video capture device" :x

So anyway it looks like i'll have to spend a bit more and buy another one :(

My system is running 512mb ram, 128mb 9600se GFX, AMD XP2800+
I am wanting the card mainly for recording (so compression is improtant) as i already have a tv.

Also it must have a BT878P, or so I've been recomended.

I'm looking at spending around $100nz
and these seem to be the options:
TV Execl TV PCI Internal Tuner PV-BT878P+ With Remote Control NZ $65.00

ECS EZ-TV (TVP3XP) TV&FM Tuner Card $92nz

MSI TV@nywhere Master TV Tuner Card NZ$79.00

Winfast TV/FM Tuner (TV2000XP Deluxe) NZ $109.00

Winfast TV/FM Tuner (TV2000XP expert)NZ $156.38 http://www.qmb.co.nz/p.aspx?100575

All prices are exclusive of GST (+ 12%)

Any advice, warnings and cautions are gratefully recieved.

23-06-2004, 02:37 PM
Sounds like a driver issue to me,i wouldn't go replacing the card as yet.

as for those listed,i would recomend the winfast.

The ecs/excel are terrible cards,well the software is anyway.

23-06-2004, 03:36 PM
I totally agree with Metla,

Try the pixelview website for the latest Driver Updates!

23-06-2004, 04:42 PM
What about this? http://www.comprousa.com/products/vmtvpvr.htm

Available at pp.co.nz for $81


23-06-2004, 04:50 PM
As in most things,You get what you pay for,I have no idea about the Compro VideoMate but i personally wouldn't touch it because-

A-Its too cheap
B-Ive never used it
C-I've never even heard of it.

Winfast series of cards are well worth spending the extra few dollars on.

23-06-2004, 05:29 PM



Will Hunt
23-06-2004, 06:44 PM
Okay, i know this sounds stupid so let me explain. I've tried everyhting with this card

Downloading new drivers
Installing drivers that came with
Installing Btwain drivers
Installing Virtual VCR
and a host of other things.

nothing works.

I may give it a few more tries yet, but it's looking like i'd need to reinstall windows to get this pig working, and seeing as i've jusat gone through hell with that, i can't be bothered at the moment.

So i'm looking around trying to decide what is worth buying.

23-06-2004, 10:48 PM
tried it in another pci slot?

23-06-2004, 10:56 PM
your first post said you had just reinstalled windows.

what ver of windows?

have you installed the motherboard drivers?

Rod J
23-06-2004, 11:04 PM
I agree with metla ... definitely at least reinsert it in the same slot. It can work wonders ;)

Will Hunt
24-06-2004, 10:05 AM
The OS is XP pro, with service pack 1.

I have tried moving the card one pci slot over, but still had the same problem

24-06-2004, 10:24 AM
Fair call then.

Will Hunt
24-06-2004, 11:24 AM
I've just wipping up a webpage that has screenshots of what i did.

I'm just looking for a host

24-06-2004, 11:37 AM
Screenshots can be uploaded here. (http://sal.neoburn.net/imagef1/)

Will Hunt
24-06-2004, 11:41 AM

I've put up a page here lwith more info on my problem (screenshots ect.)

IF people could have a look at it and help me with this, i would be very grateful.

Will Hunt
24-06-2004, 11:44 AM
I just though i should warn you, this page is huge. If you are on dial up, it might take about 4minutes !

Will Hunt
24-06-2004, 02:43 PM
I am still needing advice, please dispense wisdom ! :D

24-06-2004, 05:24 PM
*makes like gumball machine and goes around and around = dispenses wisdom*

Have you tried the card in another computer?

It is unlikely that unless some physical damage was dealt that reinstalling windows could prove a problem - because you have updated all the drivers.

If you can't, or it doesn't work in another computer, see if you can replace it under warranty.

24-06-2004, 05:25 PM
Infact, looking at your screenshots, it may be a windows problem - sometimes tiny files get corrupted. Try reinstalling :S

24-06-2004, 06:47 PM
Have you tried removing all possible drivers (Including the ones in the Windows Folder where Doze copies them to), Removing the device, and rebooting the PC. It then realizes that "Hey, the cards not in me, better change some settings". Reboot it again so its had a completely clean reboot without it.

Shutdown the PC and put the card back in, only try a different PCI slot, just to "rub the point in" that its a new card ;-)

I had something similar with my PixelView Play TV Pro about two weeks ago, that's how I solved it.

Hope this helps


Will Hunt
24-06-2004, 08:00 PM
I will try that, thanks

Also how do i find the related files in the Windows directory?