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I've been struggling with this for at least 6 months, since I first installed windows 7 on my HTPC. It seems that no matter what I do, Windows will not let me use a TV tuner. I've been through four separate tuners now, none of which I could get working. Right now I'm on a Pinnacle PCTV 110i that I just found in my closet. Windows is detecting it as "multimedia controller" and "multimedia video controller." I've downloaded the driver from pinnacle's website (it's a .sys file with a .inf file) but I cannot get Windows to install it. I pointed Device Manager to the folder I unzipped it into, but it still tells me that it cannot find a driver. How do I get it to install?

I downloaded the vista x64 setup disk (software and everything) and it gave me this bs:



So that is out of the question.



EDIT: All I need is a tutorial on how to manually install drivers in W7. I've googled like crazy, but it seems that nobody knows how to do this.
Edited by foothead - 1/10/11 at 9:47am
 
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Have you accepted the fact that the hardware might not be supported by Windows 7.

Just because you found a x64 bit Vista driver doesn't guarantee it will function.

Your screen shows it' prompting for a serial key..how is that BS?
Do you not have the serial key to activate the software to run the TV tuner?
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Just curious, what tuners have you tried?

Hauppauge tuners work with no issues (I have used 3 different ones). I also have used 2 ATI cards that I had to use the Vista x64 drivers for, but no issues other than that.
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Have you accepted the fact that the hardware might not be supported by Windows 7.

Just because you found a x64 bit Vista driver doesn't guarantee it will function.

Your screen shows it' prompting for a serial key..how is that BS?
Do you not have the serial key to activate the software to run the TV tuner?
Three of the tuners I've tried, including this one are in the Windows 7 compatibility list.

What ever happened to the "if it works in Vista, it works in W7" thing that everyone was saying when W7 came out? Either way, I would like to at least try the driver. Windows 7 will not let me do that.

It's BS because all I want is a driver and it won't let me install it without a serial number, which they only bothered to print on a paper CD sleeve. I still have all the manuals, and it is nowhere to be found on any of them.


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Just curious, what tuners have you tried?

Hauppauge tuners work with no issues (I have used 3 different ones). I also have used 2 ATI cards that I had to use the Vista x64 drivers for, but no issues other than that.

I tried a Pinnacle 80e, a different pinnacle USB stick, a Hauppauge PCI tuner, and this one. All of them gave me driver issues.



All I'm looking for is a tutorial on how to install drivers from the .inf file like I used to do in XP.




EDIT: I just won the auction for an ATI TV wonder on eBay. I'll just use that one and stick the pinnacle into my other htpc as a secondary tuner.
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