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Recommend the best TV tuner card?

Postby curt_grymala on Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:51 pm

Greetings, gurus!
I am considering purchasing a TV tuner for my HP Pavilion a6000n PC. I am currently tri-booting Mint 6, Windows Vista Home Premium and Mandriva 2009.0.

I would like your recommendations on the best TV tuner to buy for my situation. I use Mint most of the time (probably about 85-90%), so it will have to be compatible.

I am looking for the following features, which I believe are fairly standard.
  • Coax input
  • RCA/S-Video input (without an RF adapter)
  • Video output (coax, RCA/S-Video or HDMI)
  • Ability to capture screen shots (in JPG or PNG format)
  • Ability to record video input

My television service is currently provided by DirecTV, so it would be nice if I was able to use the device to watch/record DirecTV. I am not looking for a display adapter, as I am perfectly happy with the nVidia card that came with my computer. I would most likely be looking for a USB (or even firewire if such a thing exists) device, but would be okay with a PCI card, as long as it doesn't conflict with my nVidia display card. Below are the specs for the slots I have available on my motherboard. I also have one firewire input and I generally have one or two USB inputs available.
  • 2 PCI slots (1 available),
  • 1 PCI-E x16 slot (available),
  • 1 PCI-E x1 slot (available)

I would appreciate any suggestions you have. I've seen the "compatibility" thread, but, since I'm looking to purchase a new one, I'd like to get the best, rather than just getting something that's compatible. Thank you.
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Re: Recommend the best TV tuner card?

Postby Aging Technogeek on Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:20 pm

See this thread for an extensive list of TV cards supported in Mint.

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=21980#p128757
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Re: Recommend the best TV tuner card?

Postby curt_grymala on Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:36 pm

Aging Technogeek wrote:See this thread for an extensive list of TV cards supported in Mint.

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=21980#p128757


Thank you for the information. However, as I mentioned in my original post:
I've seen the "compatibility" thread, but, since I'm looking to purchase a new one, I'd like to get the best, rather than just getting something that's compatible.

Thank you.
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