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TV tuner card not seeing any channels

bucky

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Bought a cheap TV Tuner/Capture card, has a Phillips SAA7130 chipset.. hooked the thing up, hooked up cable, autoscan for channels, not seeing any. Had a splitter in the mix, so just hooked up the main cable line directly to the card. Nothing. I hooked up my camcorder to the card and get video with that. Anyone have any ideas? Am I missing something, or could the card just not be any good? I doubt that, but could be possible.
 

stir-fry

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Did you set the tv tuner software to the proper input?

Mine has a coax, s-video and composite input and i have to switch between them depending on the source that i want to watch (dvd player, cable tv, etc)
 

romstah

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if you're trying to capture/watch digital cable most likely it will be encrypted, your only solution is using a cable box and use the output (svideo/composite) from that into your capture card or get a device like this
 
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bucky

TRIBE Member
stir-fry said:
Did you set the tv tuner software to the proper input?

Mine has a coax, s-video and composite input and i have to switch between them depending on the source that i want to watch (dvd player, cable tv, etc)
yup, set all that, still nothing.

it's not a digital signal.

i'll have to contact the person i got it from, maybe it's just bad. seems like it really should be as cut and dry as "hook up coax, scan for channels, watch!"
 

watanabee

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I'm just catching on to watching TV on a computer and am considering either getting a LCD TV and attaching my computer with a video-out to that and using it to watch TV and compute or as another route buying a large monitor and a TV Tuner + new graphics card and doing it that way.

Are there any benifits to getting the LCDTV over a monitor, what do regular computer programs look like on a TV instead of a monitor and what is the quality of TV like on a Monitor and tv tuner?
 
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