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Wannabe Geek


# 41836 23-Sep-2009 17:47
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Hi all, I am new to this site and was needing a little help with setting up freeview on my new toshiba a500 laptop http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4ab9b5d101e1b714273fc0a87f3b071e/Product/View/XC5987

it has an inbuilt digital/analouge tuner and windows media center. My question/s is, what else do i need in order to get freeview? ,and how do i get freeview on my laptop? sorry for sounding dumb as i am a complete newbie to this. thanks in advance

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Uber Geek


  # 257894 23-Sep-2009 18:22
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We need to know what operating system you're using? And if you're trying to use the built in Media Center software XP and Vista SP1 won't be able to decode the freeview signal we use here. The TV Pack that you can download on the internet for Vista does allow freeview i believe (others will confirm this i'm sure) but i'm not sure on its quality as i've never used it.

I use DVB-Viewer on my HP laptop running Vista and it seems to be fine.



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Wannabe Geek


  # 257896 23-Sep-2009 18:32
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Disrespective: We need to know what operating system you're using? And if you're trying to use the built in Media Center software XP and Vista SP1 won't be able to decode the freeview signal we use here. The TV Pack that you can download on the internet for Vista does allow freeview i believe (others will confirm this i'm sure) but i'm not sure on its quality as i've never used it.

I use DVB-Viewer on my HP laptop running Vista and it seems to be fine.


where can i safely download the tv pack from?

 
 
 
 


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Ultimate Geek


  # 257906 23-Sep-2009 18:58
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fudoc5: where can i safely download the tv pack from?

From Microsoft.

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Master Geek


  # 257909 23-Sep-2009 19:25
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TV Pack cannot be downloaded "legitimately" anywhere but it won't do Freeview DVB-T anyway. You need Windows 7 or if you wish to stick with Vista, you'll need another add-on like DVBViewer, GBPVR or Mediaportal.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 257922 23-Sep-2009 20:21
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Dual boot into Win7 RC if you cannot wait to get it going. It works fine without having to install any 3rd party drivers.

Oh and it'll help plenty if you have good UHF reception too :)


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