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Topic # 30004 26-Jan-2009 17:17
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Just wondering if anyone here has successfully managed to get freeview working on their dell XPS 1330?

I've just recently got one and after some playing around I managed to get it working with MediaPortal using the PowerDVD codec (trial version). I've got a HVR900 andd also an AverMedia express card tuner I got free with the laptop and both of them seem to the same.

The issue I'm having is that the sound is out of sync with the video and the video is not smooth at all. It doesn't look like it's fully utlising my CPU so I'm wondering if it's a codec/decoding issue?

I have a fully spec'ed out XPS1330 with 9300 processor, 4G ram, 128M Video etc running on Vista Ultimate so if anyone's managed to get it working smoothly then I'd be really interested to hear about the setup.


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  Reply # 192208 27-Jan-2009 08:17
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It's proably your video card not keeping up.

Do yoy have the same problems with c4, or tvnz6? These are SD based channels so should be a bit easier on your laptop.

Also, what is the video chip in your laptop the equivalent of?  I bought an 8600gt video card for my pvr for the express purpose of viewing Freeview|HD with no stutter.

Your laptop will need the equivalent of an Nvidia 8500 or greater card.  There are also various ATI based cards, but I don't know hte model numbers.

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  Reply # 192218 27-Jan-2009 09:46
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I have the XPS1330 with 2gig of memory and I have had success with the HVR900 and DVBViewer.  I use Media Portal in client server mode (the TV Engine running on a seperate desktop TV server and the client on the XPS1330) and I can receive HD TV through that setup but not that smoothly.  However as a stand-a-lone TV the XPS1330 seems to run better with DVBViewer to my mind.  DVBViewer will also run in client server mode or completely stand-a-lone.

Cheers Mike

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