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Hi guys,

Been a while since I last logged. I know you guys know your stuff so I figured I would get an answer on this relatively quickly. I tried searching for an answer but apparently because the word "tv" is less than 3 letters the OC search denied my request.

I want to watch TV on my PC monitor, but I want the TV picture to display as a window on the desktop. I don't want the TV signal to take up the entire screen because I need the desktop to do other things like surf the web, email, etc.

My monitor is a Dell 2407WFP. It has DVI. I am using Nvidia GSX 8800 as my video card and it has 2 DVI inputs (only one is being used). I also have a cable box for the TV signal, obviously. So, is what I'm asking for even possible? Do I need to buy anything to make this happen?

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SAFX
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you can grab a tv capture card (still looking for a good one myself) that will pick up your cable signal and play it on your screen right in it's own little window. I've used a couple that worked pretty well, but I'm looking for one that has good quality, both standard and high def capability, and doesn't need to be switched when i switch streams. if you just need standard def video, you should be able to find a number of good capture cards.
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you can grab a tv capture card (still looking for a good one myself) that will pick up your cable signal and play it on your screen right in it's own little window. I've used a couple that worked pretty well, but I'm looking for one that has good quality, both standard and high def capability, and doesn't need to be switched when i switch streams. if you just need standard def video, you should be able to find a number of good capture cards.
Would the TV capture card be installed in addition to my GSX 8800, or replace it?

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in addition, find a good HD tv tuner card, try newegg
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in addition, find a good HD tv tuner card, try newegg
I don't need a set top box from the cable company? i could use a pc card to capture the signal?
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Video cards only do output. You need a video capture or tuner card to recieve video.


You need a TV Tuner. If you get the correct one, you will have two possible options:
1) cable directly into TV and watch the free channels. You use the tuner to change channels.
2) cable to Set Top Box and then to tuner. You use the STB to change channels but can use an IR blaster to do this automatically from your computer


Will you be using HD cable?
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Video cards only do output. You need a video capture or tuner card to recieve video.


You need a TV Tuner. If you get the correct one, you will have two possible options:
1) cable directly into TV and watch the free channels. You use the tuner to change channels.
2) cable to Set Top Box and then to tuner. You use the STB to change channels but can use an IR blaster to do this automatically from your computer

Will you be using HD cable?
I did some quick research and determined that these tv cards won't work without a set top box come Feb/2009 when all cable providers move to digital programming.
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older cards will not work after that time, but HD tuners will, as they have built in digital decrypting. Find a newer card with an HD antenna and you'll be fine.
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older cards will not work after that time, but HD tuners will, as they have built in digital decrypting. Find a newer card with an HD antenna and you'll be fine.
Cool man, thanks for the info. Are they making any of these newer cards with HD antennas now?

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post #10 of 12
i would reccommend useing dscaler as the app to control your tv turner card
it has a great selection on how you like the set up to be used for best quality and picture
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