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hey,

I'm trying to install a digital T.V card on an old PC. Can you tell me if it will work?

CPU: Pentium 4 1.8Ghz
RAM: 512MB x 2 = 1GB DDR266
GPU: onbuilt crap from 2002

I'm just wondering if I need a GPU for it to be powered to the monitor, or will any old GPU work for that? (onbuilt.)

Thanks!
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I'm not familar with the digital tv cards but if there is no monitor outputs, I believe that you need to have any gpu for your monitor it can be onboard or any gpu that works
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Interesting... What about the software for viewing the channels, etc?
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Which card are you using? That may help shed some insight.

I know windows media center supports tv cards.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zonet View Post
hey,

I'm trying to install a digital T.V card on an old PC. Can you tell me if it will work?

CPU: Pentium 4 1.8Ghz
RAM: 512MB x 2 = 1GB DDR266
GPU: onbuilt crap from 2002

I'm just wondering if I need a GPU for it to be powered to the monitor, or will any old GPU work for that? (onbuilt.)

Thanks!
TV tuners just take the TV signal and write it a HDD or memory. Your GPU reads this data like any other movie or streaming video file and displays it.

That is quite an old system... Its performance is probably about the same as a dual-core 1.6Ghz Atom. I suspect you might see stuttering.
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TV tuners just take the TV signal and write it a HDD or memory. Your GPU reads this data like any other movie or streaming video file and displays it.

That is quite an old system... Its performance is probably about the same as a dual-core 1.6Ghz Atom. I suspect you might see stuttering.
Hmm. Interesting. It's worth a shot. The only problem is, finding software to run on such a low-end system.
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Which card are you using? That may help shed some insight.

I know windows media center supports tv cards.
Sorry, I won't be able to get a hold of media center as it wasn't retail. It did pop up on a torrent site, but I doubt a system of this spec will handle it.

The model number is CTX953 DVB-T.
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honestly you wont be able to do much. I had a 1.8 ghz p4 and i got stuttering on lo def video, i updated to 1gb ram, and a 2.8 and lost most of the problems. the nvidia 5200 gx was then the next weakest link, you generally need a 8k series nvidia card to do anything hd.

Best bet, scrap everything and start fresh.

as far as windows media center, its very user friendly and easy to set up. If your not willing to fight a computer, its worth the price.

OTHERWISE, linux is your next best bet. HOWEVER, many popular programs such as XBMC do not support tuner cards nativly, therfore you must edit the program to fit your needs :/

ACTUALLY, xbmc is on windows to, but i recall it being much more difficult to work with on windows, and used it in linux with much more ease.

heres a quick little linux support page: http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Medion_CTX953
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TV tuners just take the TV signal and write it a HDD or memory. Your GPU reads this data like any other movie or streaming video file and displays it.

That is quite an old system... Its performance is probably about the same as a dual-core 1.6Ghz Atom. I suspect you might see stuttering.
Performance of that system won't even be up to a dual core 1.6Ghz Atom.
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