PCI TV Tuner Card/Sound Card Inquiry

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Dick K, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. Dick K

    Dick K Guest

    I'd like to add a PCI TV Tuner card to my XP box but several
    of the models I've looked at seem to require an external
    connection from an audio output socket, via a lead, to line-in
    on a sound card. However my sound card line-in is already used
    for radio input.

    So, if they exist, I'd be grateful if anyone could identify
    any PCI tuner cards (for use in the UK) which don't require
    dedicated connection to sound card line-in.

    If no suitable cards are available, are there any sensible
    workarounds, or should I be looking at USB tuners?

    Sorry if this is a naive inquiry. Thanks in advance for any

    Dick K
    Dick K, Mar 20, 2006
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    Marful Guest

    I know it's not exactly what you want but if you could buy a tuner with
    built in radio - they don't cost much more.
    Marful, Mar 20, 2006
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    Dick K Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion which, on the incomplete information
    in my post, would do the job.

    Unfortunately I think there might be a lot of problems with my
    actual set up. Firstly the radio in question is a fairly
    sophisticated HF receiver and I doubt that the equivalent exists
    built-in to a TV tuner. Even if it does I very much doubt that a
    communal TV aerial system will effectively receive or pass through
    signals in the HF band so the card would need a separate aerial
    input for short wave.

    Anyway I'll have a look to see if anything is available. Thanks

    Dick K
    Dick K, Mar 20, 2006
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    Marful Guest

    "Dick K" <
    You could buy another souncard that has multiple line in ports - I don't
    know prices but I know Creative definately have a SB with multiple line ins
    so there are probably a few out there.
    Marful, Mar 20, 2006
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    Flyer Guest

    it may still require a link into the sound card, The Hauppage PVR250 does,
    even with a radio ;-)
    I reckon the OP's best bet, is an external USB tuner box.

    Flyer, Mar 20, 2006
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    fred-bloggs Guest

    fred-bloggs, Mar 20, 2006
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    Thaqalain Guest

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    Dick K Guest

    Thanks. That would work. I'll look at costs.

    Dick K
    Dick K, Mar 20, 2006
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    Dick K Guest

    Dick K, Mar 20, 2006
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    Dick K Guest

    Dick K, Mar 20, 2006

  11. If you get a digital TV card they don't need a seperate sound input as they
    act like a network adapter as far as the computer is concerned and so all
    the data goes through the PCI bus including the sound. A digital card will
    also let you view all the Freeview channels.

    The Hauppauge Nova-t is the cheapest one around. I think you can pick one
    up for just over £40. The Nebula DigiTV is supposed to be a better card but
    costs quite a bit more.

    Synapse Syndrome, Mar 21, 2006
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    Sharky Guest

    Just bought a AVerTV Hybrid+Fm
    A touch pricy at £70 (from a local shop, no doubt much cheaper on line).
    Does what you want, as well as composite, s video, ant , fm radio,
    remote control.
    Very nice.
    Sharky, Mar 21, 2006
  13. Dick K

    Dick K Guest

    Many thanks. As well as identifying options that explains what I
    should have been looking for in the first place, and why. Very

    Dick K
    Dick K, Mar 21, 2006
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    Dick K Guest

    Another good option. Thanks.

    Dick K
    Dick K, Mar 21, 2006
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    ClueLess Guest

    X-No-Archive: yes

    I bought a much cheaper AVERTV GO 007 FM plus which has everything
    including its own sound input socket. No need to connect to the sound

    It has however only s-video input and not composite so you will need a
    special cable.

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