I am getting a 26 inch monitor and i would like to run my Cable TV thru my computer i don't know what i need to do this can someone tell me. Specs abit durable 2 mobo AMD 6400 Saphire 3870 512 4 gigs ram 250 gig HD 850 watt PS Windows Vista Ultimate 64
It depends how you want to achieve it. If you want High Def, You'll need High Def everything. Either way, You need to buy a TV Tuner Card, I personally suggest a DTV2000 I have the DTV2000H and it works perfectly fine, and is a cheap TV Tuner, I paid only 60$ AUD for it. Basically, If your GPU has a HDMI output, then buy a HDMI cable to connect to your LCD monitor, which will also need HDMI input. But if your GPU doesn't have the HDMI output, DVI will have to do. For starters, and basic TV. All you need is your monitor, and a TV Tuner, PCI TV Tuners are better as they draw more power, which boosts signal quality. Once you install the TV Tuner, You will connect your cable TV cable to the TV Tuner, Install the TV Tuners TV software and program the software to detect the cable channels. Easy as 1, 2, 3. As long as you can install Software and a PCI card yourself. If you want a full HD setup, which I caution you, costs a hell of a lot. You will need a TV Tuner card that does HD, your LCD will need to support HDCP (Used for BluRay), Should be as fast as possible refresh rate (2MS or less), HDMI Cable (From GPU to Monitor) and possibly, some DVI to HDMI plugs which will allow you to use a HDMI cable between your DVI connection GPU and Monitor.
I suggest starting small though, Get the TV Tuner which is the least you will need, and see how you go, If your like me and want more, then start spending money on the cables, connectors, software, extra components such as BluRay (Which btw, Shits all over DVD, pft DVD, I don't know how I used it for so long). The more you spend, the better of you'll be...I spend 180 on my BluRay drive, and the quality at which it reads DVDs is alot better, as the laser used by the BluRay drive to read DVDs is getting a deeper read into the pits.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
25th July 2005
Sgt D Pilla pretty much got it spot on except for he missed a small part. You want to run your cable tv through your pc, Make sure the tv card you buy has external inputs (not just a ariel connection) Most pci tv cards have it but make sure other wise it will useless. You may be better off buying a 26 inch tv that can act as a monitor. That would be the easist route to take.
Thanks guys that is very helpful. yes i know how to install cards and software i have built many computers. i just wasnt sure how to do the TV thing now i do ty.
Ok, No trouble. If you need a hand just let us know, we can help