How to Get Started
TV tuner cards are the latest hardware option for the media-savvy. With most TV tuners, you can watch over 100 channels of high-quality television, rent online movies, and even plug in S-video, DVI, HDMI, or composite hardware. Most cards come with remote controls too, and Vista Ultimate and most editions of Windows 7 come with Media Center, which allows you to surf through TV channels just as if you were sitting in front of an actual television. You can even schedule and record TV programs, and zoom in, pan, or freeze video action.
Installing is generally touted as something like this on the manufacturer’s Web page: “Simply install the card and the user-friendly software, connect the TV cable, and sit back and enjoy high-quality video right from your PC." Now, installing the card is actually pretty easy, I have to give them that. However, there are thousands of Web pages devoted solely to FAQs, technical help, and troubleshooting tips for getting the TV cards working properly, as well as thousands of forum entries from those lost in the process.
In this article, we’ll discuss just how to go about installing and configuring a TV tuner card, the software, and the remote control, and how to avoid the pitfalls that cause most problems along the way. If you’re thinking of installing a TV tuner card, read the manufacturer’s instructions first, and then read this. After that, you’ll be ready for the installation.