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Master Geek

# 42869 12-Oct-2009 20:16
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I have an HP Media Centre running Windows XP Media Centre Edition on one HDD and Vista Ultimate on the other....

I can get UHF (Prime & Maori) in Windows Vista but not Windows XP Media Centre Edition, would there be any reason for this?

I am looking at getting the Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T-500 dual DVB-T tuner, and from what I understand DVB-T works through UHF. I am getting rid of my Vista install on this PC as I need it for a laptop, so that only leaves Windows XP - Is XP capable of tuning in UHF? If so, am I doing something wrong?




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  # 263556 12-Oct-2009 20:28
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What type of tuner card are you getting?

You may or may not be aware that Freeview|HD won't work with XP MCE or Vista MCE. You will need 3rd party software to view TV.

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Master Geek

  # 263565 12-Oct-2009 20:51
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I currently have a Hauppauge Wintv PVR PCI II (26xxx) which I think is the (WinTV-PVR-150).

I was not aware of that, thank you for the heads up... Does that mean I would need to purchase extra software? Would a DVB-S tuner card work with XP MCE?


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  # 263622 13-Oct-2009 08:41
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Windows 7 supports Freeview|HD out of the box although you would have to wait until the 22nd before it is available for purchase.

If you have XP then it is valid for purchasing a upgrade copy of W7.

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Master Geek

  # 263645 13-Oct-2009 11:06
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It is a P4 3.2GHz with Hyper Threading, 3GB of RAM, it never handled Vista very well and I am not sure about Windows 7. All I want to do is hook it up to my 42" Panasonic Plasma via. HDMI... If possible, I don't really want to fork out for Windows 7, but if I have no choice, I have no choice!

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  # 263647 13-Oct-2009 11:18
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sbiddle: You may or may not be aware that Freeview|HD won't work with XP MCE or Vista MCE. You will need 3rd party software to view TV.

brad.wright: ... Does that mean I would need to purchase extra software?

A purchase wouldn't be necesary as there are some excellent free applications available that can handle Freeview|HD on XP or Vista-based systems.

I've happily used GB-PVR for some time now.

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  # 263705 13-Oct-2009 17:21
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What sort of video card are you planning to use?

GB-PVR, Media Portal or DVB Viewer are the 3 main applications used by people for viewing/recording Freeview|HD

Freeview DVB-S won't work with XP MCE. It will work with Vista MCE with the TV Pack update or DVB-S bridge application.

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Master Geek

  # 263711 13-Oct-2009 17:41
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Thanks for that, so that would probably explain why I can't get UHF at present on Win XP MCE.

I currently a Radeon X300 (256MB DDR memory, DVI & VGA) but am looking at getting new graphics card with HDMI out - Any suggestions, I would like to spend around $200 on a new card.

So it would seem Win MCE is a waste of time, if most people use different applications?

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