Ok, I spoke to an ATI tech and they told me zbout a document that is kind of buried on the ATI web site.
Type this number into the search bar on the main ati web site home page.
It brings up a document on uninstalling the media center and running a special install from the cd, selecting only
Uninstall ATI Multimedia Center from Add/Remove Programs
Run the CUSTOM SETUP off of the installation CD, and select ONLY the DTVQFE from the list. Restart when prompted.
Run the full install (EASY SETUP) on the installation CD after
and / or
Install the DTV Decoder manually using the following steps:
Browse the CD to the Install\\Decoder folder
Double click on the Setup file to start the install
doing the first item fixed most of my problems.
I post this to give everyone else the benefit my 10 hours time burned and a freshly installed and completely updated (out to xp sp2 ) win xp system install totally trashed. Now I did this on an empty system, so I lost only my time, which is good.
I have to say the picture from this tuner is very nice, I am sitting here watching the olympics as a wallpaper backdrop.
Also, my regular tv button still gives errors, but the DTV button works fine and for the moment that is something.
They also told that compatiblity test/tool gives lots of erroneous information and at times the results are totally inaccurate so don't use that as the final benchmark for anything.
owner of several Samsung LCD Panels