I just bought an external usb hybrid tv tuner for my dell e1705 laptop to use with windows media center, specifically to use as a dvr. The problem is I get no recetion with the antenna and when connected directly to the cable, picture is distorted. any suggestions?
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I've had the same problem with two other unrelated HP input products in this area myself so I understand the pain. Media Center is not really well geared for nor is very friendly in the end user component input area. I'm assuming you've already tried playing a video file from your camcorder while setting up the Media Center input settings? Try a different software that will recognize your input card. Ideally, you should use any input software that came with the card itself from the manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer for a link to the original software bundle if you can't find it from their website or you may need to research your own replacement software solution for this product.
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It's analog. You need to purchase a digital receiver. I personally have a USB external digital tuner running in Media Center 2005. Search Ebay for "ATSC usb". There's a lot of different options and most of them are pretty inexpensive. To use a digital tuner in Media Center 2005, you have to leave the analog tuner / tuners in also. You should still be able to use your current remote control with the new digital tuner.
Please note that your system does not have a Tv tuner. Tv tuner is not an inbuilt device that comes with the laptop by default. It is an external device. I have never heard of any company shipping out systems with inbuilt Tv tuner. Most of the Tv tuners use USB port. So, you can purchase a Tv tuner and use it with your system. To check the price etc, you can simply search in google.