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    Need Advice on tv tuner...

    Hello,
    I want to get a tv tuner for my computer. I have searched and searched for reviews on tv tuners, and I have narrowed down my decision to the Phoebe TV Master and the Pinnacle TV PCI card. I would like to know which card, of all of the tv tuners out there, is the best? Please keep in mind that I will NOT be doing any recording with my card. i simply want my card to watch tv while i surf the web and do my work. To me, the only two important factors are picture quality of live tv and the stability of the drivers/software. Excellent Live tv picture qualilty is certainly the most important feature to me. If anyone has any feedback, please post their thoughts here. Thanks!!

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    Which vid card do you plan to use in conjunction with it???

    NVIDIA cards don't like TV tuner cards.

    Otherwise, the Phoebe is the better of the two. I have it and it works great on my Radeon and Savage4. It just doesn't want to work "well" with my Geforce2MX. It works if you open the application a hundred times, but this was never the case with the other vid cards. The Phoebe has great, intuitive software, a remote control, stereo sound, a plethora of inputs, and a mere $39 pricetag from www.micropro.com

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    ATI makes great TV tuner cards ,watching one now,they have a VE model thats in the same price range as the phoebe ect ,I recomend ATI.

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    Yes, I have heard of the ATI but i have heard that its drivers are crap for Win 2000 and i have also heard that the picture qualitly is not the greatest... Thats just what ive been told though. Never had the chance to actually decide for myself.

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    Originally posted by K6-III:
    Which vid card do you plan to use in conjunction with it???

    NVIDIA cards don't like TV tuner cards.

    Otherwise, the Phoebe is the better of the two. I have it and it works great on my Radeon and Savage4. It just doesn't want to work "well" with my Geforce2MX. It works if you open the application a hundred times, but this was never the case with the other vid cards. The Phoebe has great, intuitive software, a remote control, stereo sound, a plethora of inputs, and a mere $39 pricetag from www.micropro.com
    Well i have a crappy ati card now but I was thinking of getting a GE Force 3. Will the phoebe work with a GEF 3 card?

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    I've only had the chance to test it under my MX, but I hear the problem is widespread with all of the Geforce series cards, but I can't say if it will apply to the Geforce3, seeing as it is a new chip. I would expect it to work. BTW, stay away from the ATI if at all possible. The drivers suck big time!!!! The Pheobe is a better card. They all use the BT848/BT878 chipsets anyway, except MATROX, so the cards are about the same. It is the price/features/performance/drivers that make or break such a card.

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    I couldn't get my ATI card to work with Geforce
    As far as the ATI card itself I am very happy with it condsidering it is a 1997 4MB card.

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    My brooktree based tv card works well w/ my ge force card in win2k . Look at ones by brook tree. I got one using the standard brooktree under teh name of tview

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    Haven't yet used it under Win2k. Setting it up as I type. SP2 ROCKS!!!!

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    Ok....back from testing under win2k and all I can say is WOW!!!! I've never seen it perform this well under any video card. It must just be the kick *** win2k drivers and the wonderful OS itself(compared with 9x). Again, it is a ton faster with SP2. You want SP2, despite its 102mb size.

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    Yeah I did notice things a little snappier w/ sp2. Now this is how an Operating System is supposed to be supported. through constant service pack updates. In the case of linux it is kernel updates. But i mean, look at the 9x line. it's been through massive "service packs" but not offered much improvement as far as reliability goes

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    Tons more options. I never believed the TV Master could be this good. Under win2k, trust me, it is.

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    I couldn't get my TV Master to work at all in 2k- kept giving BSOD errors!

    Pheobe TV Master is a Brooktree-based card, BTW.
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    Make sure to use the latest drivers from www.phoebemicro.com

    They are a ton better than the shipping drivers. Again, make sure you have SP2 installed, as it takes care of too many problems to mention here.

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