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Topic # 15148 6-Aug-2007 22:33
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I am having trouble finding a DVB-S card that is low profile design to fit within my exisitng HTPC case. Looking at other threads on recommended DVB-S cards, such as the HVR-3000 and HVR-4000, they all appear to be regular sized cards and won't fit in my case.

I would be grateful for any recommendation on lp dvb-s cards, preferably pci-e and dual tuner.


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  Reply # 81409 7-Aug-2007 09:07
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I have just purchased a Hauppauge Nova S Plus and it installation was straightforward. Both Media Portal and GBPVR picked it up and its working without any issues. Of course, its a standard sized PCI card so probably too big for your case.  What case are you using and what are you thoughts on the case?

One option for the smaller cases is a riser to allow full sized PCI (lying on their side) cards in the smaller cases like the Mozart etc.

Cheers Mike

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  Reply # 81442 7-Aug-2007 12:56
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Thanks Mike. I am specifically trying to find a suitable low profile card before I investigate the use of riser cards, but I will keep this idea in mind.

The case I am using is an Ahanix MCE302, great looking case that blends in seamlessly with other AV gear, but it is low profile and therefore imposes some restrictions on selection of certain components.

I am also looking for a passively cooled low profile video card, preferably ATI with HDMI output. Any suggestions?


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  Reply # 81450 7-Aug-2007 13:36
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A  brief google turned up the followig forum link:

there was mention in there of someone using a TwinhanDTV Sat-Express:

Twinhan have a DVB-S MCE plug in on their website so I assume you can do the same with these as you can with the Hauppauge Nova-s cards:

Media Center DVB-S support utility for Microsoft Vista and MediaCenter 2005 (MCE2005)

   Microsoft's Media Center supports only DVB-T, and the utility provides a pseudo BDA DVB-T filter
   interface which transfers DVB-S streams to DVB-T, so as to Twinhan's DVB-S cards in MCE2005.

Suggest you ask Uncle Google where you might be able to purchase one from :)

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  Reply # 81500 7-Aug-2007 20:23
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How about a USB for Firewire tuner?

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