I am wanting to add a tv tuner to my little Linux Mint box (Elyssa). I've been running Elyssa for a while now but I consider myself a rank newbie to Linux as this is my first Linux computer. I would like to add a tv tuner to the computer, either a USB stick or a PCI card...it seems that the card is reported as given better performance, though. I'm not looking for a HTPC, maybe later, but for now would just like to tinker with getting OTA reception via my computer at my rural location.
Currently I'm using a Samsung 260 set-top-box and a CM4228 (old style) in conjunction with a CM7777 pre-amp with my primary display in the den. My reception with the den setup starts at a tower about 20 miles from me going on up to 67 miles for my longest, consistent reception. I will probably either tie into the existing antenna or maybe setup a dedicated one (that I already have on hand).
I'm not interested NTSC. HDTV is a plus.
The two tuners that I'm looking at are:
AVerTV HD MCE A180 (PCI)
Avermedia AverTV HD Volar USB 2.0
Both are stated by http://www.linuxtv.org as being supported.
I know folks say don't use surplus equipment, but...that's what I've got. Here's the basic setup:
Dell 2.4ghz mobo
N17 video card (64mb?)
Dell 181UR Card, Sound Blaster Live 512V
Dell 1708FPt 17-inch LCD monitor
D-link wireless network card
The computer is used primarily for surfing the net, looking up ham radio callsigns,...nothing really intense. The tv tuner would mostly be used for news, weather, and ballgames(maybe)....and something to tinker with. Like I said, I'm not looking to build a HTPC at the moment...just incorporate a tv tuner into the computer.
So with the crippled system that I have could someone recommend one of the tv tuners above? The USB is very attractive because of it's pricing (~$25+s/h), the PCI is more expensive (~$80+s/h).
While we're at it....a software recommendation would be good, too. I looked through the MythTV manual last night at it was, well, shall we say "a tad intimidating" for this pea-brain.
Thanks for taking the time and trouble to respond,