Actually it's quite easy. I plug a device in and it works. Simple as that.
hauppauge 950q, hauppauge aero-m, hdhomerun, prof 7500 usb DVB-S2 satellite tuner, even a lowly unheard of evga indtube atsc tuner works when I plug them in. drivers or kernel modules as they are called in linux are included in the kernel distribution. There is no downloading "drivers" to get them to work.
the microcrap comment is geared more towards trying a different application, not necessarily the OS.
Fact is that your not likely to receive any help from Microsoft. But you will most certainly receive help from the user community of various other free applications. ie something not written by MS. The point is to try something else, free, like smartdvb, nextpvr, sichboPVR...there's many other applications besides what came with the OS that you can use to see if they at least function. That will help to 'rule out' or 'rule in' a driver problem.
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