[quote]Originally posted by psxjunkyThanks GeekFunk for pointing me to the A180 deal ! Unfortunately it seems to have expired by now.
It seems that folks are jumping all over HD tuners. The ATI HDTV Wonder is in extreme short supply as well; out of stock at ATI's online store.
After my poorly handled purchase at Buy.com, I took delivery of two AverTVHD units on the same day, one from Buy.com and one from Newegg. I've arranged to a RMA with Newegg, but they haven't emailed me return instuctions yet. It's still in the FedEX box unopened. One person wanted to buy it, but never followed through.
Anyway, I have a Fusion3 and the ATI card working parallely in my MCE2005 machine now. Seems to work fine and I can record two OTA HD shows at the same time.
Only issue I encountered was that MCE2005 seems to have a hard limit of TOTAL 3 tuners in the system. Before adding the Fusion3 into the system, I had the ATI card and a PVR500MCE (dual tuner). After throwing the Fusion3 into the mix, I was not able to setup TV signal or Digital TV signal ... the MCE shell would just hang at these screens.
So I replaced the PVR500MCDE with a single PVR250 and everything worked like a breeze.
So earlier I had one HD tuner and TWO SD tuners ... now I have TWO HD tuners and ONE SD tuner.
If anyone knows of a wayt to remove this apparent hard limit of TOTAL 3 tuners in MCE2005, I would like to know please.
My limitations were in available PCI slots on my motherboard.
I have 5 PCI slots, but two are practically unusable because in PCI slot 4 only PCI devices that do not require Interrupt steering can be used (no sharing of IRQs) and PCI slot 1 is blocked by an Artic Cooling VGA Silencer heat sink and fan attached to my Radeon 9800 Pro AGP card.
In PCI slot 4, I had no choice but to put a 1394 port addin PCI card there; my motherboard did not come with builtin 1394 controller chipset. I needed the 1394/Firewire/iLink ports because I connect my miniDV camcorders through them. It seems to work OK. Even then, it's sharing an IRQ with two other devices.
I wanted to quiet down the Radeon 9800 Pro, so the Artic Cooling Silencer was one of my few choices. It's a shame because the PCI slot 1 on motherboard was one of those rare free slots that could easily handle a high performance device like an HD tuner card.
If things didn't work out and I got non-performing cards because of an IRQ problem, my last resort was to remove the Hauppauge WinTV PVR 250MCE. It's a pretty nice, full featured card with FM radio (used in WMCE).
One note: I put the AverTVHD in a plain Windows XP box. Naturally, the Tv tuner didn't work. However, I could get video in Windows Movie Maker via composite and svideo on the AverTVHD. It might be that an independent TV application could work, like Sage I guess. But, I don't have any interest in trying that.