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Charles P.

Charles P.

Joined on 01/16/02

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Most Favorable Review

Performs well --- may require os patch

VisionTek 900192 TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe HDTV Tuner PVR w/Remote
VisionTek 900192 TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe HDTV Tuner PVR w/Remote

Pros: TV picture quality is excellent. Currently using only analog cable input (75 channels), so can't speak for anything else, but both live tv and recorded tv performance is excellent. No artifacts, no stutter.

Cons: You won't read this in any user guide, but if you're running Windows XP and an AMD dual-core processor, you may need to install a patch and driver downloadable from AMD's site. For 3 days, I struggled to overcome severe video stutter -- tried every hardware/software trick ever I could find, but no luck. Then stunbled onto AMD's site and found these official patches -- released in 2007. Instantly, all was well. This does not seem to be aproblem specific to eitherr VisionTek products or the ATI TV Wonder in general. But seeing as the fix is so simple to implement, you'd think some vendor would flag this potential problem better.

Overall Review: I hate to put the burden on NewEgg, because they're just selling stuff -- and they do an excellent job at that. But this problem of stutter -- and the likely fix via an AMD patch -- seems like a good candidate for one of the "consumer alerts". Ultimately, since AMD now owns ATI, I'd expect AMD to fold this fix into their basic software installation.

Nice package

WD My Book Essential 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDG1U5000N
WD My Book Essential 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDG1U5000N

Pros: Solid case, quiet fan, takes up very little space.

Cons: USB 2.0 is still painful for large file transfers/backups.

Overall Review: Previously, I'd always saved money by buying a drive and enclosure seperately. But with the price of these "My Book" units, it's hard to justify the extra work.