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Using laptop as DVR?

by cgrazian / September 27, 2009 2:11 AM PDT

Hello. Is it possible to use a laptop as a DVR for over-the-air HD signals? I understand that a TV tuner card can capture an OTA signal onto the hard drive, but I can't find a card that has an HDMI output to send it back out to my LCD flatscreen. Is an HDMI out port even required for HD playback, or can I simply hook my TV to the external monitor port on the laptop? Thanks.

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So you want a hauppauge card(?)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2009 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Using laptop as DVR?

Google hauppauge

As to HDMI from the laptop, the answer has to be no. You either get a laptop with it or not. There are USB HDMI outputs but let's just ignore them.

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I'm still waiting . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 27, 2009 11:35 AM PDT

for the HDMI input to the PC!

Yeah, I've seen them, five figures.

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More specifically...
by cgrazian / September 28, 2009 5:41 AM PDT

Sorry, guess I should clarify a bit. First, this would be using a desktop, not a laptop. Second, I understand (basically) how a TV capture card, like Hauppauge sells, works. If I understand it correctly, with a TV card I can capture over-the-air HD broadcasts and record them to the hard drive. Right? What I don't understand is whether I can then port them out them from my desktop to my flatscreen TV at HD resolution. The only way to get them from my desktop to the TV is to use the TV as a monitor (the TV, a Samsung, has a computer connection -- RGB, I think -- for this). Will this be 1080/HD or something less?

Basically, I'm trying to use an old desktop as a DVR for OTA broadcasts (and preserving the HD quality in the process). Thanks.

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From PC to HDTV.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2009 7:17 AM PDT
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You'll have to reveal EXACT DETAILS HERE. I can't guess.

But since many PC's run at HD resolutions on VGA outputs, I challenge someone to show me where a 1080p VGA output is inferior to 1080p HDMI.

I think this confused many a person.

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