Thought it might be good to have a FAQ for Vista MCE TV. Don't have all the answers, so please help.Q. Is an analog TV tuner required for Vista MCE?
A. Yes for Beta 2, but not for release 5449 or higher.Q. Is there cable QAM support?
A. Not for existing cards. The new OCUR CableCard will be supported in the future, which will require QAM support, but if this support will extend to other new and/or existing tuners is not known.Q. Can I buy an OCUR CableCard and put it into my existing HTPC?
A. No. Only pre-built OEM PC's that have been approved by CableLabs will have the OCUR card.Q. What about satellite?
A. Microsoft has announced an agreement with DirecTV although no specifics yet. There is still hope that this will not be a closed box solution as with CableCard.Q. Which TV tuners run under Vista?
A. This is the current list: (Please add any others)Analog Tuners
Hauppauge WinTv PVR-150, 250,350
ATI Theater 550 ProDigital Tuners
Dvico FusionHDTV3 & 5
Vbox Cat's Eye 150 & 151
ATI HDTV WonderQ. How many tuners can run under Vista MCE?
A. Currently the same as with MCE 2005, 2 analog and 2 digital.Q. What is the minimum hardware requirements to run a HDTV tuner under Vista MCE?
A. Probably around a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4, w/512 MB memory. My 2.4 Ghz PC freezes with 100% processor utilization when starting Live TV under Beta 2, but my 3.0 GHz PC works fine. This may change with the next release.Q. Do you have to supply your own decoders?
A. No, Vista has it's own decoders, unlike MCE 2005. Installing your own decoders is still a good idea.Q. What graphics cards work with Vista MCE?
A. Most existing graphics cards will work in the standard default mode 800x600. The minimum graphics specs for HDTV should be no less than MCE 2005 which per the Microsoft Web Site are:Video adapter with 128MB DDR video memory with 128-bit interface; AGP8x interface or PCI express; video memory bandwidth of 10Gb per second or greater; and driver support for MPEG-2 iDCT acceleration
.Q. Which remotes work with Vista MCE?
A. The ATI Wonder Plus does not. (Please post for other remotes.)Q. When is the next public release of Vista?
A. The second and final public release, Vista RC1, is current scheduled for late August or early September. Microsoft is still holding to the October 25 manufacturer release date.