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Old 09-27-2001, 12:56 PM - Thread Starter
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With all the OTA HD choices available, I would like to record HD programming. I have a Pentiumm III desktop and a Pentium I laptop. Here are my questions.

1) Which card do I need? I have heard of HIPIX and AccessDTV. What are the pros/cons of each and do I need a HD-STB in addition to the card?

2) What type of cable do I need to connect the card to my Sony HDTV?

3) Is there an HD card for a laptop?

4) My harddrive is only 10 Gigs, can I use an external harddrive to save shows?

5) How much space do I need to save one hour of HD?

6) What is the best place to buy the cards, cables etc?


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Old 09-27-2001, 01:53 PM
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For a detailed review of the accessDTV and Hauppauge WinTV-HD PC cards - both of which allow MPEG-II recording - go to

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1) Do NOT need an STB - that's what these cards are doing. Search the HTPC forum for info on accessDTV and the Hipix - plenty of discussions of pros/cons for each.

2) What is the input on your Sony? RGHV (5 component cables or 15 pin) or 3 cable compnent YPBr.
The Hipix or ADTV uses a 15 pin VGA on it's end but we need to figure out what cable to tell you for the TV end.

3) Dunno

4) What computer do you have that only lets you fit one drive in it? There are options for external drives but do you have a spare PCI slot for the Interface card?

5) 9 GB/hour. Hd transmission is 19.2 Mbits/sec.

6) Digital Connection. Call and talk to Kei Clark.
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Keep in mind that these products are a bit complicated for non-technical users. If you are comfortable with adding hard drives and working with the innards of Windows, go for it.

Butt these cards are not "Plug and Play" IMO.
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