Rated 1 out of 5 by 2
Rated 1 out of 5 by Alphaville Aversion Therapy! Suggest you look elsewhere for TV Tuner/Recorder cards
The performance of this TV tuner recorder card was much less capable than reviews of it suggested. I bought it to use with a Windows 7 based media centre which I have recently built from an unused desktop. I was keen to use Windows Media Centre (WMC) as an interface rather than the software supplied with the card which is reminiscent of “multimedia” software of the Win98 generation - horrible! If you’re getting on a bit in years you’ll know what I mean.
In my opinion WMC makes a fairly good bash at bringing civilization to the media centre - so it would have been handy to use the remote control supplied with this AverTV unit to watch TV/record/do all the things that you’re supposed to do with a tuner recorder card, remote control and WMC. But whilst the software supplied with the AverTV card did after a fashion function (well at least some of the time) to scan, register, and then record TV channels adequately, the tuner card would never work with Windows Media Centre, WMC almost always failing to register any TV channels, or even to find the tuner card itself. Nor would the WMC button the remote control sported do anything to bring WMC to any form of life. What on earth is the point of that? Another thing, whenever the supplied tuning/recording software was run, a warning screen popped up saying that there might be conflicts if it were run at the same time as Windows Media Centre.
The other issue I had with Aver is the almost complete lack of support for the card or its unfortunate buyers. If you go to the Aver site in search of up to date software/firmware etc you even won’t find the card listed. Instead you then have to go to an address that is provided in the “manual”; here the software is listed in what appears to be random order with no explanatory notes as to what to install and in which order. I downloaded the tuner card software first and ran the installation software (which says it’s compatible with a variety of Windows OS) - without realising that I also needed to run a Windows 7 driver install first. So the card didn’t work at all to start with - only after I uninstalled and re-installed did I get the card to work after a fashion.
After a couple of days of time-wasting trying to get the card/software/remote ensemble to work as intended I returned it to Scan for a refund since I felt the ensemble was not fit for purpose. Scan has since issued the refund.
I know that there are issues with this particular combination of hardware and software - I have since bought a Hauppage tv tuner / recorder card that does exactly what it claims to do. This later purchase nearly but not quite dispenses for the need for a keyboard and mouse to control the media centre hardware. The Hauppage unit is as good as the other unit is bad; it is of course also reassuringly expensive costing over twice as much as the Aver TV card. This is a case of getting what you pay for!
29 April 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Marchymagic Would be a fantastic product!!! If it worked.
Followed the installation manual to the dot, despite it being highly ambiguous, and yet it simply didn't function. Very disappointed.
23 December 2014