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Saturday, November 27, 2010

How to install a TV Tuner Card

How to install a TV Tuner Card

A TV tuner card is a computer component that allows television signals to be received by a computer. Most TV tuners also function as video capture cards, allowing them to record television programs onto a hard disk.

Install TV Tuner Card:

1. Disconnect your computer's power cord.
2. Take off the left-side panel of the PC by unscrewing it with a screwdriver.
3. Look for an empty PCI slot (peripherals component interface) and remove its metal cover.
4. Set the TV tuner card into the empty PCI slot. You will hear a "click" sound once the card is correctly in place.
5. Fit the side panel back onto the PC.
6. Insert the antenna that is included in the TV tuner box into its relevant slot on the TV tuner card.
7. Connect an audio cable (usually provided along with the TV tuner card) to your computer's sound card. Your TV tuner card is installed. Next, you should install all the drivers on your computer to set up the TV tuner card.

Install a TV Tuner Card's Driver Setup

1. Switch on the computer.
2. Right-click on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop.

3. Click on "Properties." A small window will open.
4. Search for the "Hardware" icon and click on it.
5. Click on the "Device Manger." A list will appear on the screen.

6. Select the "Multimedia Controller" from the list, right-click on it and then select "Install Driver."
7. Insert the CD with the TV tuner card driver into the computer's hard drive
8. Select "Search Drivers Automatically" or a similar option. Your Windows operating system will automatically search for the relevant drivers and prompt you to install them.


I have used an external tv tuner card and it is better as per my view as it can start by just turning on the monitor even if the cpu is powered down

I am using external tuner card. There is an option to change the resolution, so i have kept 1280x1024 and my system resolution is 1440x900 as it best suits for 19'' LCD. Now when I change resolution in my tv tuner its cnhanging my system resolution also changes. And it happens even if I dont not turn on my system when i use TV. Is there any way to prevent this.

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