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Turning zd8000 into media center without Windows media cente

by elrockomundo / June 22, 2005 4:51 AM PDT

I just got my zd8000 today. I'm running XP Pro. What hardware/software do I need to watch/record TV on it?

Also, what's the deal with this "HP Dual TV Tuner/Digital Video Recorder" that they keep mentioning in the CNET review? This did not come with my new notebook and I can't find any mention of it on the site.

Very much thanks.

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by tvewots / June 22, 2005 5:16 AM PDT

HP bundles Windows Media Center with the dual TV tuner, which is why it is such an expensive customization on HP-shopping website. That is the only way I know of purchasing the dual tuner through HP.

I have read about purchasing separate TV tuner, but know nothing about the software you need to set up and run with DVR.

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by elrockomundo / June 22, 2005 5:42 AM PDT
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I just got off the phone with the guys at HP and they spelled it out for me.

I got this thing for video editing but now I want that tivo feature sooooo bad.

The guys at HP have just about talked me into buying a whole new zd8000 w/windows media center and returning this one.

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by tvewots / June 22, 2005 5:52 AM PDT
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It sounds like that is what you should/want to do. Consider this... within the next week or two, HP should be releasing an updated version of the ZD8000 with the option of an AMD Turion processor. May not be worth it to you, but for me, 64bit capable, plus better mobile performance will be.

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