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    Question Looking for a TV tuner...

    Wonder if anyone can help me out. I just bought a laptop (the same one Bball purchased recently, it seems) and I've been playing around with Vista and Media Center. I've always wanted a DVR, so I'd like to start using my laptop as one. I don't know a whole lot, but what I do know is that I need a TV tuner. I don't know which one I should get, though. All the reviews online are a couple years old. I'm assuming I'll need a USB one since I've got a laptop, but I could be wrong. Anyway, if anyone can offer me any advice, it'd be much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Looking for a TV tuner...

    I have one on my desktop that I use with Media Center, but don't know what to tell you about a laptop. Sorry.
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    Default Re: Looking for a TV tuner...

    http://www.pacersdigest.com/showthread.php?t=25800

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    This space for rent.

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    Records in divx?? I'm gonna have to get one of those sometime.

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    Default Re: Looking for a TV tuner...

    Ah, thanks guys. Shame on me for not doing a search on the subject first...

    About how big are the files, generally? I've got 120 GB in this computer and a 250 GB external (plus 80 on my desktop that's quickly becoming obsolete), but I know how easy it is to fill that much space up.

    Also, does anyone know how well Media Center works? Should I record through that, or with the software that comes with the tuner?

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    In general, and especially if you get the one Anthem's suggested, use their software to record; recording in divx will save you a lot of space.

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    Default Re: Looking for a TV tuner...

    This also looks pretty good, especially for a laptop.

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/15/s...-must-see-usb/

    As far as recording software, you should check out GB-PVR. Works great, runs on everything, and is easy to install. MediaPortal is supposed to be pretty amazing as well, but I haven't tried it personally.
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