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which graphic card to buy

jacko

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#1
hello,
just about to buy a skystar 2,mainly for football feeds
with the 422 format.
i know absolutely nothing about the skystar 2,but would
like to watch the footie feeds on the tv.i have been told
i also need a graghic card with a tv out.
these are the specs for my pc.
xp pro.
cpu 900
ram 384
could someone suggest to me a decent graghic card to use,not too expensive.
thanks.
 

Lancelot

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#2
Radeon 9600 XT-4 not XL

Never had any probs with mine :)
 

jacko

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thanks lancelot,
also been having a look around at the other pc cards,some have tv out,
but as i know nothing about them im getting a bit confused.any suggestions
of a pc card with a tv out,otherwise i think its safest if i stick to a skystar 2
thanks.
 

Lancelot

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#4
I just use the SVideo out skt and a small lead wihch gives Vid & L/R Audio

SS2 is your best bet unless you want to spend £180 on a proper SS1 with Vid Aud out, I have one of these and can recommend them as they have onboard decoding which takes the load off the processor.

But the SS2 with a fair graphics card will do pretty much the same.



Rgds


L. :)
 

jacko

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hello,decided to go for the skystar 1 hardware version
because ,i have been told my cpu 900 and ram 384 is
not enough and i need the hardrive version.
the only problem ive got is finding the hardrive version.
all i can find is skystar 1 ci,i dont think this is the hardware version,
could somebody correct me if i am wrong.
thanks.
 

Lancelot

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125cm Gibbi with Channelmaster feedhorn and Inverto C120 twin.
36v H to H 62E - 61.5W
My Location
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#7
This is by no means the only place, but you could start

(yes the CI version is not a proper SS1 with HW decoding)



HERE


Rgds


L. :)
 

jacko

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thanks lancelot,
been on the site,quite a lot of makes and models to choose from.
does the skystar 1 with hardrive come under a different name.
the technotrend s 1300 has a t v out but not sure about the hardrive,
not really sure what i am looking for.
cheers.
 

jacko

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hi,
think ive found it.
technisat skystar 1 1.3 tv out.
could somebody just confirm this is the version
with the hardware.
cheers.
 

nacturnal

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hello,
At present technotrend is producing two premium models with onboard
mpeg2 decoders namley skystar1 1.3 and skystar1 s-2300 models.
For more information visit www.dvbshop.net
Technisat skystar1 ci doesn't posses onboard mpeg2 decoder.It is a clone of twinhan 1030 ci.

nacturnal
 

Lancelot

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#11
Yep thats fine :)

L.
 

EDW

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Skystars with hardware decoding will not decode 422 feeds I think.

You will be decoding 422 which is like HDTV. You need a Pentium 4 2.8ghz
or by an HDTV card or grahpics card which can do some of the work for
you.

Try reading this site.

h**p://www.linuxis.us/linux/media/howto/linux-htpc/index.html
 

Lancelot

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#13
My SS1 does from ProgDVB when set to soft mode.

Whether it is taking some load from the PC CPU I couldn't say, but only see about 5-15% CPU useage from a 3.4 P4 while in this mode.


L.
 

jacko

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thanks for the replies,
the pc card will be mainly for the 422 feeds as my receivers
do the rest.
i have found 2 models which i think will be ok
technotrend s-1300 for 85 pounds and
the technisat skystar 1 1.3 for 100 pounds.
but as lancelot says he can get the 422 feeds with his skystar 1 1.3
i think i will order this one.
cheers.
 

jacko

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@ lancelot,
could you tell me if your ss1 will pick up feeds
with a symbol rate of less than 8000,as ive just
been on another site and somebody says that the
ss1 is no good for feeds under 8000.ive noticed that a lot of
the footie feeds on 16e are around 6000.
cheers.
 

kalamar

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I have used a Nexus-S for years with no problems,it is almost like the SS-1 card I hear.Nice video and sound out RCA jacks goes to RF modulator for the whole house + and S video if I need it too. SS-1 or Nexus-S and you would be happy with it.