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Master Geek

# 68093 14-Sep-2010 20:57
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I have a old pc and we have a sat dish hanging off the side of the house from a mysky installation. I was thinking of making use of the old pc and putting a dvb-s tuner card in it and use it for watching the free view channels, im not worried at this stage about recording. Just want something for a bit of experience before building a htpc when i have some spare money.

pc specs
CPU AMD athlon 1700+ 1.5ghz
RAM 255mb ddr
Motherboard MSI MS-6390
XP home

My tv has vga input so i am assuming i can just use that with vga out put of the motherboard.

I Have found a few cheep DVB-s pci cards on ebay with the specs below. From what i can work out this combination should work. Would appreciate if some one could let me know if im wasting my time or suggest a cheep dvb-s pci card.

any advice appreciated

  • Fully compliant with DVB-DATA ETSI / EN 301 192 standard

  • Fully compliant with supports DVB-S protocol ( EB 300 744 ) / MPEG-2

  • Support USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

  • Input frequency: 950MHz~2150 MHz

  • Symbol rate:2~ 45MS / s

  • Compliant with TCP / IP , UDP protocol

  • High-Speed data download with FTP , HTTP and SMTP protocol

  • Support for IP uncials and multicast

  • Support DiSEqC1.0 / 1.2 protocol

  • Max. 32PIDs can be decoded simultaneously

  • Support Electronic Program Guide

  • Support Multi-channel Recording

  • Support TS Stream Recording

  • Support Scheduler and Scheduler play

  • Support Patent lock

  • Support SDTV / HDTV

  • Support Real time Digital Video Recording ( DVR )

  • Support IR-Remote Controller

  • LNB Power Supply : 13 / 18 V <400mA

  • System Requirements:

  • IBM PC compatible : Pentium III 667MHz or higher

  • 128MBytes memory or more

  • 32MBytes display memory or more

  • Hard Disk free space of 500MBytes or more

  • OS supported: windows2000 for SP4 / Windows XP for SP2

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Ultimate Geek
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  # 380502 16-Sep-2010 09:21
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dvb-s will work fine of this

get this one guy i know has one and has had no prob with it

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Master Geek

  # 380559 16-Sep-2010 11:16
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Thanks very much i will give one of those a nudge.

Gotta love deal extreme!


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Uber Geek


  # 380594 16-Sep-2010 12:16
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How does deal extreme work, anyone used it themselves?

Are those NZ prices, and what about shipping to NZ?

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Uber Geek

  # 380617 16-Sep-2010 13:04
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Jaxson: How does deal extreme work, anyone used it themselves?

Are those NZ prices, and what about shipping to NZ?

The prices are in $US and the stuff ships from Hong Kong I believe.

I think shipping is opften free (or cheap)

Some good deals to be had

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Uber Geek


  # 381276 17-Sep-2010 14:13
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I have used DX a few times. Shipping is free.
Beware though, often you do get what you pay for. Most of their gear does what it says but build quality isn't usually the greatest. I have been happy with most of what I have got off there (I did get a roll up keyboard and the S key didn't work, bit useless without it).

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