Low cpu intensive OTA HDTV card for MCE
I bought a refurbished MCE 2005 emachine with a celeron-d 356 processor,512 mg ram,and am using a nvidia 7300 256 mg card to use as a dedicated media centre.
I am making good use out of the fs/bb return policy trying to get a tuner card working to my liking for ota hdtv. The computer is quite capable, using the Hauppauge 950 usb tuner, I can watch and record hdtv nicely(somewhat cpu intensive, works best using vlc),but not in media centre so far. I have also tried the kworld atsc-100 and an Hauppauge gotv analogue card(to set up MCE).
Over the course of the weekend I have gotten some sound as well as occasional picture (analogue stations only) from MCE, but it has slowed the system down to the point where it is useless. Will I be able to use MCE with this system? What can I do to keep it from getting so cpu intensive while processing tv?
I was considering trying out either an HDTV all in wonder . Is this card hard to set up under MCE? I see that the new ATI 650 card is supposed to run natively under MCE, but it is pricey(and no remote). Is it worth the extra coin?
The computer works quite nicely otherwise, all I want to use it for is media, but I really want it to perform seamlessly with a nice menu system. I have tried beyondtv (can't get it to work) and sage tv(also very choppy). Is there some way to boot the pc so that only media centre and internet are working?
PS will a computer do the same thing as an upconverting dvd player? Can I return the new one I just bought?
Last edited by electrocutioner; 2007-01-29 at 10:11 AM.