First and foremost I want to thank everyone who over the years has posted on this board. I've been hanging around for about a month, constantly reading and re-reading, pushing my way into things I am still slightly clueless about. Your wisdom and patience for answering all these questions over and over again astounds me.
So now, I dip my feet into the pool.
I subscribe to FiOS cable and have a Cisco (Scientic-Atlanta) CHS435 HD DVR. I use the heck out of the thing I would love to be able to dump programs through firewire to my PC. That's the plan, anyway.
I am currently running Win 8 Consumer Preview 32 bit, which I switched to from Win 7 x64 for the very reason that I couldn't even think about running a firewire from my box to my computer. Wellll after a few days struggle that didn't seem to matter because I couldn't get it work anyway. No happy plug-in-play, though from my computer end the Device Manager did seem to recognize that there was something tethered to the other side of the firewire cable. I gave up on that after nothing I did driverwise or otherwise could make CapDVHS to recognize the thing.
So! Being a good (but not good enough, apparently- if I was paying attention I would have gotten a JVC) scholar of this forum I found a very reasonably priced Mitsubishi HS-HD1100U DVHS VCR. Naturally I don't have a HDTV with firewire (Hahahahaha... why would I have a thing like that? Wait, huh, Mistu DVHSes don't have HDMI??!) so I found out that I'll need something like a SIR-TI65 to make it talk nicely to my TV so I can watch what I record!
I was about to buy the T165 (also reasonably priced- with a remote!) when it dawned on me that I could be back at square one if I couldn't dump what I record from the DVHS to my PC! I've looked at wayyyypast forum posts, but they were all so far back I imagine that technology has changed just a bit. I've read how to successfully put my DVR+DVHS+Tuner all together and get them to work, but what about the final (and most important) step?
Any takers? Be gentle, please!