Originally posted by JohnDiamant
I'd like to find out whether anybody has information that could help me determine whether an HP 873n MCE (which currently has a GeForce4-MX420 64 MB DDR graphics card) and has already successfully upgraded to MCE 2005 using the HP provided upgrade would/should work with the ATI HDTV Wonder. I'm planning to remove the modem card since all the slots are currently filled (to make room for the HDTV tuner card). I have a few concerns:
* I recall reading that two tuner cards not be placed next to each
other. If so, I'll need to move around the cards.
* Will I need to replace the GeForce card with an ATI card?
* If I need to upgrade the graphics card, what's the least expensive
card I could use?
Okay.. Here are the facts as I see them, having JUST finished my final config on my new 1.8 ghz MCE 2005 machine.
The ATI Radeon 9550 which I just picked up 1 month ago to work well with MMC, is a no-go in MCE. Even with hacked drivers. What a waste. I went out and picked up an Nvidia FX5700 Home cinema board. Cool, it even comes with an exact ATI remote wonder clone (clearly, both came from X10 originally). It has a built in TV / FM tuner, and MCE doesn't recognize either of them. Oh well.
I also have a standard PVR-250 card. Works great.
I have the HDTV wonder. Works fantastic. After kicking the 9550 out of the system, just for fun, I put my GF4-MX/440 in. Guess what? It worked for SD and 720p! No 1080i, which is why I had to run out and get the FX5700. Perfection! Even at 1.8ghz, I can record 1 HD and 1SD program at the same time, PLUS watch a pre-recorded HD program. CPU is at about 80%. Not too shabby.
I didn't know that the 5200 would work. I can verify the 5700 works, and it's on Microsoft's OEM list.