Removed tuner from capture card

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Darkfalz, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. Darkfalz

    Darkfalz Guest

    I doubt anyone remembered me, but years ago I made a post about
    removing TV tuner from my TV card.

    Basically what happened is I lost the aerial attachment (jerk brother
    snapped it off taking the VCR and threw it away) ages ago, and my
    attempts to fit a new one to it didn't work (I think I damaged the
    connector), so I just had a useless tuner box there on my card
    annoying me.

    So I finally decided to try removing it, and have no done so, cutting
    all the pins and then desoldering the mounting pins and the left over
    cut pins and removing them all. Now it's just a chip on a card, very
    nice! I should have got a solder wick or a new tip for my solder
    sucker, but there wasn't much solder and I was able to get it off
    there with a little effort.

    But it works! :) And luckily, I just get no input when I select tuner
    (I used the btwincap drivers and specified no tuner, but the crossbar
    has it anyway - hmm) because I was worried it would lock it up or

    So my TV capture card, which is at least 5 years old now, lives on -
    minus the TV part, he he.
    Darkfalz, Oct 6, 2003
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  2. Some of us are still here :)

    Did it improve the capture quality - I never use my tuner so
    I'd happily remove it if it was worthwhile.

    Simon Walters, Oct 6, 2003
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  3. That's some ghetto magic you're working there with your card, but good job!
    With the cheap prices of TV Tuner cards (namely WinFast TV2000XP @ 46.00 as
    of 10/6/03) I would've just purchased another one. Thats just the lazy
    man's response to solving a problem.

    Glad you made your discovery with a hands-on practical approach.
    Peter McCormick, Oct 6, 2003
  4. Darkfalz

    Darkfalz Guest

    Did it improve the capture quality - I never use my tuner so
    I don't think so. Obviously the combination of RF and composite
    produces that noise no matter what you do, you just don't notice it on

    Would be nice to have a digital STB and use my S-Video input,
    though... :)

    But I'm happy to have it off my card and still be able to use it. The
    experiment worked.
    Darkfalz, Oct 7, 2003
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