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Old 05-05-2004, 07:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy Selection of video capture card or how to set up Hauppauge on SuSE 9.0/9.1

Hi all!

I hope someone can give me some useful hints and tips!
I currently have SuSE 9.0 installed, but will upgrade to version 9.1 soon.

My system is in dual boot with Windows XP. On My Windows partition I have the software installed for my Hauppauge USB WinTV device, but I'm not happy with the quality I get from it, especially on the audio, which seems to be very noisy.

My question therefore is, if anyone can recommend a video capture card that would work on SuSE Linux since I really would like to get rid of my Windows partition anyway. Currently, SuSE does not detect my Hauppauge USB device, so I probably will need a PCI card anyhow. Or is there any software for Hauppage to install it on Linux?

All advice and suggestions will be gratefully received!

I am still a
Old 05-05-2004, 08:26 PM   #2
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Any PCI card based on the Brooktree 8x8 chip will do nicely (old WinTV cards for example). These are supported out-the-box by most distributions.

If you get a card based on the Conexant CX2388 (e.g. new WinTV cards then you'll have to do some extra work, or upgrade to kernel 2.6, which has the appropriate drivers.

Have a look here if you do end up with a conexant card:

The quality from the PCI Hauppage cards is actually surprisingly excellent.

Old 05-06-2004, 09:50 AM   #3
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Hi Dave!

Thank you very much for your help - I'll be upgrading to SuSE 9.1 soon, which has the new kernel. I'll give my Hauppauge another try then, and see how it's going. Glad to know that the quality is going to be satisfactory, hopefully that means goodbye to Billy's Windows very soon on my PC!


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