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Help re getting new video card to work

by chuck_finn / February 23, 2007 10:17 AM PST

Hi there,

I am hoping someone will be able to help me with this problem!

I have a lot of old VRC tapes that I would like to transfer over to DVD.

I have a HP laptop running WinXP, SP2.

After researching the VCR to DVD process online, I purchased a video capture/TV tuner card for $110. Details of the cared are SAA7134, brand name ?Pixel Mobile TV?.

The card has two input sockets ? an ?antenna in? for TV tuning, and an S-video input connection.

I installed all drivers and software that came with the card. The software is ?Honestech TV Plus?.

The device manager indicates that the card is installed and functioning properly.

However, my problem is no matter what I try, I cannot get the card to work, and am not sure what I could be doing wrong.

I have tried the S-Video connection, with my S-Video cord connecting the VCR?s video output to the video card, and have ensured software is in ?S-Video? mode, however receive no picture.

I have also tried to get a picture using the ?antenna in ?connection, where I connected an RF cord from the VCR?s ?RF out? socket to the video card?s ?antenna in? socket. However, when scanning for channels, the software does not pick up on any picture at all. Even when plugging an antenna directly into the ?antenna in? socket, it does not pick up normal TV channels.

I have tried everything I can think of. I.e., uninstalled and reinstalled the software, and believing that there might be something wrong with the software, I have downloaded about 10 free TV tuner / video capture applications (spending hours playing with the settings of each) but have the exact same problem with each ? simply no picture.

Can anyone advise if I may be missing a step somewhere? Usually with persistence I am able to overcome any hardware/software problems but admit this one has me stumped!


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Persistence usually pays....but why not try the card mfgs
by VAPCMD / February 23, 2007 10:50 AM PST

tech support ? Who knows....perhaps the card is kaput !


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Few things to check:
by marinegunrock / March 10, 2007 3:50 AM PST

Like VAPCMD said, the card could simply be DOA. It happens even with the best of hardware.
Another thing you should check is the card itself. Make sure that you pushed it into the socket all the way.

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new video card help..
by bdmxz / March 15, 2007 3:37 AM PDT

i'm not 100% sure on this, i believe you have to have your vcr set to the s video out mode to get the picture. and for the programs you have downloaded uninstall them all. the cd that came with the video card should have one that will work fine with the card to view tv.

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finally working
by chuck_finn / March 15, 2007 9:09 PM PDT
In reply to: new video card help..

I actually was able to get the card working a week or so ago. I keep in touch with my mother and sister through Yahoo messenger. Last week I switched on the webcam after installing the tv card software, and the webcam did not work (just a blank screen).

I completely uninstalled the Yahoo Messenger program, and then, for the hell of it, tried for the 1000th time the tv card software. It worked 100% perfectly! Since then I have been to TV card heaven and back (enjoying the novelty of transferring heaps of VCR stuff to DVD, and uploading rare things I've had for years on VCR to Youtube). Have not tried reinstalling Yahoo messenger in fear of some sort of software conflict that will once again render my tv card useless.

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