User’s Guide
NVIDIA DualTV MCE
For Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition (MCE)
DU-01848-001_v05
December 2005
NVIDIA DualTV MCE Dual-tuner Card User’s Guide
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Table of Contents
Introduction....................................................................................................... 1
About This Guide....................................................................................................1
Overview ...............................................................................................................1
Features and Functions...........................................................................................2
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) Environment ...............................2
Unpacking Your NVIDIA DualTV Tuner Card .................................................... 4
Minimum System Requirements ..............................................................................4
Unpacking..............................................................................................................4
Hardware Installation and Connections ........................................................... 7
Safety Instructions .................................................................................................7
Before You Begin....................................................................................................7
Installing the Hardware ..........................................................................................8
Connecting a Set-top Box or Other Video Equipment .............................................. 10
Software Installation ....................................................................................... 11
Installing Software and Registering Your NVIDIA DualTV Card ................................ 11
Abnormal Termination ....................................................................................... 26
Configuring the Tuners in Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition ........ 27
Setting Up a TV Tuner in MCE ............................................................................... 27
Configuring Tuners Automatically ....................................................................... 27
Configuring Tuners Manually.............................................................................. 32
Setting Up the Radio ............................................................................................ 38
Optimizing the Audio and Video Experience ................................................... 41
Antenna/Cable TV Signal Strength ......................................................................... 41
Low Signal Level ............................................................................................... 41
High Signal Level .............................................................................................. 41
Adjusting LCD Panels............................................................................................ 42
Adjusting Your Monitor or TV ................................................................................ 42
Centering the Picture on Your Screen ................................................................. 45
Adjusting the Aspect Ratio................................................................................. 46
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Picture Too Dark ............................................................................................... 47
Picture Too Light............................................................................................... 49
Color Balance.................................................................................................... 51
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ................................................................ 53
Getting Driver Updates ......................................................................................... 53
General Questions ................................................................................................ 53
FAQs Specific to Microsoft Windows XP MCE .......................................................... 61
Registration, Support and Warranty ............................................................... 65
Registering Your NVIDIA DualTV ........................................................................... 65
Warranty and Support .......................................................................................... 65
Index................................................................................................................ 67
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Introduction
Transform your PC into a home entertainment center! The NVIDIA® DualTV
tuner card allows you to enjoy dual-channel analog TV in a Microsoft® Windows®
XP Media Center Edition® (MCE) environment.
About This Guide
This User's Guide provides set-up and operation instructions for the NVIDIA
DualTV on a Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) equipped PC.
For more information about Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, please
visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/default.mspx
Overview
Transform your Media Center PC into a complete entertainment center:
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Simultaneously watch and record two separate channels of live TV.
Experience superior quality TV and personal video recorder (PVR) with hardware
MPEG-2 encode, advanced 3D comb filter, and 3D noise reduction with NVIDIA
PureVideo™ technology.
Store more of your favorite TV programs on your hard drive or a DVD with NVIDIA
MediaSqueeze™ technology.
Effortlessly capture, edit, and archive your videos (with Microsoft MovieMaker, which
is included in MCE).
Take full advantage of the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 dual
tuner and PVR capabilities.
Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and “Designed for Media Center Edition”
certifications guarantee the highest level of picture quality and Windows compatibility.
Install and use within minutes.
The NVIDIA DualTV tuner card is available in two versions — NTSC (for North
America and part of Asia) and PAL (for Europe and part of Asia). The PAL version
also supports SECAM.
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Features and Functions
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Dual-channel analog TV reception
¾ Off-air (terrestrial) broadcast
¾ Cable TV broadcast
¾ Set-top box compatible (with S-video or composite video connections)
FM radio reception
Dual-channel direct A/V capture
Dual-stream MPEG2 main profile @ main level (MP@ML) encoding
3DYC (3D comb filter) and 3DNR (noise reduction)
Bracket connectors
¾ TV (with internal splitter)
¾ FM
¾ Direct A/V input (2 sets)
Š S-Video (composite via adapter) – 4-pin DIN
Š Line-level stereo - minijack
On-board internal connectors (only used on OEM PCs for front-panel or back-panel
inputs)
¾ 2 x Video-In (5-pin)
¾ 2 x Audio-in (4-pin)
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center
Edition (MCE) Environment
When working on a Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC system,
the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card provides direct connections with the following for
reception of TV broadcast:
An antenna or cable TV feed
Up to two set-top boxes (receiver/decoder units for reception of digital cable, satellite,
or terrestrial broadcast TV) using direct A/V input ports
‰ An FM antenna connection
The MCE application gives you access to an on-screen program guide. With this
you can program TV recordings days or even weeks in advance.
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You can use an MCE-compatible remote control (sold separately) to navigate within
the MCE application.
The NVIDIA DualTV CD provides the following software to support your MCE
environment:
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NVIDIA PureVideo decoder (MPEG2 decoder)
NVIDIA MCE Extensions
NVIDIA DualTV WDM Driver
Introduction
The NVIDIA DualTV tuner card is compliant with the following:
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Microsoft WHQL
Designed for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Imaging Science Foundation (ISRL/ISF)
Note:
If you intend to use your set-top box with MCE, using the set-top box as a TV
receiver/tuner and DualTV as the A/V capture device, you need to have an MCEcompatible remote control/receiver with IR blaster(s). The receiver unit controls
up to two set-top boxes to change channels. An MCE-compatible remote
control/receiver with IR blasters can be purchased at the NVIDIA online store
Note:
At the time of publication of this document, the MCE application itself does not
support video capture from a non-broadcast source. For example, MCE allows
you to receive TV programming from a terrestrial, satellite or digital cable set-top
box, but does not directly support video capture and archiving from a camcorder
or a VCR. For video capture and archiving, you can use Microsoft MovieMaker
(included in the MCE build) in conjunction with DualTV’s A/V input capabilities.
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Minimum System Requirements
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1.6 GHz Pentium 4, Celeron, or equivalent Athlon/Sempron CPU (2.4 GHz
recommended for all CPUs)
256 MB system memory (512 MB highly recommended)
Available PCI slot
Graphics with 64MB DDR, DXVA (motion-compensation), and Microsoft Direct X
9.0 support (128MB DDR recommended)
20 GB free space on an Ultra DMA (ATA/66) hard disk (40GB or more
recommended)
DirectSound compatible sound card or integrated audio
CD-ROM drive (DVD-ROM or DVD recorder drive recommended)
Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or later. If this is not already installed on your MCE system,
download from the Microsoft website at:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.aspx?displaylang=en&categoryid=2
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 or later with latest service pack
Note:
For MCE-specific system requirements such as CPU speed, graphics
requirements, or Internet access, refer to the MCE documentation.
Unpacking
The NVIDIA DualTV MCE is available in NTSC and PAL versions. Figures 1 and
2 show the NTSC and PAL NVIDIA DualTV tuner cards, respectively. The
following is a list of the product package contents. If any item is missing, please
contact your retailer immediately.
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1. NVIDIA DualTV tuner card. Available in both NTSC and PAL/SECAM versions.
2. NVIDIA DualTV MCE CD with NVIDIA PureVideo decoder, NVIDIA Driver and User’s
Guide (a PDF of this document).
3. FM Antenna Cable. Connects to FM antenna input on the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card.
4. S-Video Cable. Connects to set-top box or other video equipment.
5. Composite-to-S-Video Adapter. Allows composite video cable to connect to the NVIDIA
DualTV tuner card.
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6. RCA Cable for Composite Video and Stereo Audio. Connects to set-top box or other
video equipment.
7. Minijack to Dual RCA Audio Cable. Allows stereo RCA cable to connect to the NVIDIA
DualTV tuner card.
FM Antenna In
Tuner (cable or TV
antenna feed) In
S-Video 1 In
Audio 1 In
S-Video 2 In
Audio 2 In
Figure 1.
NVIDIA DualTV Tuner Card, NTSC Version
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FM Antenna In
Tuner (cable or TV
antenna feed) In
S-Video 1 In
Audio 1 In
S-Video 2 In
Audio 2 In
Figure 2.
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NVIDIA DualTV Tuner Card, PAL Version
Hardware Installation and
Connections
Installing the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card hardware requires opening your
computer. Please follow all of the safety instructions provided here to ensure that
there is no damage to you, your computer, or the tuner card.
Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury, always follow basic safety
precautions.
Remember to remove power from your computer by disconnecting the AC main
source before installing any equipment into the computer chassis.
Before You Begin
IMPORTANT: Any previous analog tuner card drivers must be completely removed to avoid
conflicts. NVIDIA recommends that you uninstall these drivers prior to removing
the old hardware and installing the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card.
If you have any existing DVD decoders other than NVIDIA PureVideo decoders, it
is highly recommended that these software programs be completely removed.
Your computer may already have an analog tuner card installed. If so, you
need to uninstall it and replace it with the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card.
You also need to uninstall any other WDM Drivers for TV tuner cards.
Go to Start¾Control Panel¾Add or Remove Programs. Select the
installed analog TV card drivers and click Add/Remove. This will uninstall all files
associated with the drivers you have selected.
Use this same procedure to remove any existing DVD decoders.
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Installing the Hardware
Note:
All hardware must be installed prior to installation of the software.
Use the following procedure to install the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card into your
computer system. Use Figure 3 on the next page as a guide to connecting cables
to your NVIDIA DualTV tuner card.
1. Turn off the computer, monitor, and any peripheral equipment and
disconnect the power cord to the PC.
2. Open your computer; refer to your computer documentation for assistance.
3. Remove any metal plate that covers the PCI slot you selected on the
motherboard so the tuner card connectors are accessible from the back of the
computer (you will use the screws to secure the card).
4. Install the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card into the selected PCI slot.
5. Secure the tuner card using any hardware (screws) removed when you
removed the metal plate or an existing analog tuner card.
6. Reinstall the cover on your computer and reconnect any cables removed earlier.
7. Connect the cables to your new NVIDIA DualTV tuner card (see Figure 3). If a
TV antenna or TV cable is used, attach the signal source to the CATV connector
on the card. If you are connecting a set-top box, see Connecting a Set-top Box or
Other Video Equipment on page 10.
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The cable connection for capturing analog video output from a
camcorder or VCR is the same as that for a set-top box (see Figure 4).
Note:
If you have an MCE-compatible remote control/receiver but have not
connected the USB receiver to the MCE system, please plug that in only
after the NVIDIA DualTV software installation (next chapter).
8. Connect the power cord to your system.
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Secure to system chassis using
any hardware removed in step 3.
Connecting Cables
NTSC
Version
Figure 3.
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FM: Connect FM Antenna Cable
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CATV: Connect TV antenna or cable feed (this
connection supplies the TV signal to BOTH tuners
on the card)
NVIDIA DOES NOT recommend that you connect
an amplifier or active amplifier/splitter with high
gain to the TV cable input. Doing so could cause
excessive noise on the signal resulting in distortion
of the TV picture.
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SVID1: Connect S-Video Cable
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AUD1: Connect Minijack to RCA Audio Cable
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SVID2: Connect S-Video Cable
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AUD2: Connect Minijack to RCA Audio Cable
PAL
Version
NTSC and PAL Card Connections
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Connecting a Set-top Box or
Other Video Equipment
When connecting one set-top box, use the SVID1/AUD1 connectors. Use the
SVID2/AUD2 connectors for a second set-top box. Always use the SVID1/AUD1
connectors first.
Use the following procedure to connect a set-top box.
1. Use the S-Video Cable to connect from S-Video Out
on the set-top box to SVID 1 on the NVIDIA
DualTV card.
Or
Use the Yellow Wire of the RCA Cable to connect Composite
Video Out on the set-top box to the Composite Video Adapter, then
connect the Composite Video Adapter
to SVID 1 on the NVIDIA DualTV card.
2. Use the Red and White wires of the RCA Cable to connect to the
right and left Audio Out respectively on the set-top box. Connect the
other end of the Red and White wires of the RCA Cable to the Minijack-toRCA Cable. Finally, connect the Minijack-to-RCA Cable to AUD 1 on the
NVIDIA DualTV card.
Repeat this procedure using SVID2 and AUD2 to connect to a second set-top box.
Figure 4.
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Connecting a Set-top Box
Note:
MCE requires an MCE-compatible remote control/receiver with IR blaster(s) to
control set-top boxes (up to two). If your remote receiver is not already
connected to the MCE PC, please plug that in only after the NVIDIA DualTV
software installation (next chapter) but before setting up the TV signal in MCE.
Note:
The cable connection for capturing analog video output from a camcorder or
VCR is the same as that for a set-top box.
Software Installation
The CD that has been shipped with your NVIDIA DualTV MCE contains the
following software:
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NVIDIA PureVideo decoder software
NVIDIA MCE Extensions
NVIDIA DualTV WDM Driver
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All the NVIDIA DualTV hardware must be installed prior to installation of the
software. See Hardware Installation on page 7 if you have not installed the
hardware.
If you have an MCE remote control/receiver and it is not already connected to
the MCE PC, plug it in only after the software installation (this chapter) and
before setting up the TV signal in MCE (see next chapter).
When you see the “Found New Hardware” (detecting new tuner hardware)
screen after you have inserted the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card and powered up
the system, click Cancel. Then insert the CD and run the software installation
program.
If the “Found New Hardware” (detects WDM drivers) screen is displayed after
software installation and system restart, click Next, then Finish.
After the software installation, you need to configure the tuners (NVIDIA DualTV
provides 2 tuners on a single card) in MCE (see next chapter).
Installing Software and
Registering Your NVIDIA
DualTV Card
Installing the NVIDIA DualTV software and registering your NVIDIA DualTV
card consists of the following procedures:
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Power up the system
Verify the environment— check for MCE, NVIDIA DualTV card, administrator
privileges
Select components, install path, and check for existing analog tuner cards
Check for software updates
Install the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder—requires activation key
Install the NVIDIA DualTV WDM driver, User’s Guide(s), and short-cuts
Register the NVIDIA DualTV product
Restart the system—you will then need to configure your tuner in MCE
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The procedures are explained in the steps below.
1. Power up your computer.
It is always a good idea to disable any antivirus software before installing new
software.
2. Click Cancel if the “Found New Hardware” screen (shown below) is
displayed.
3. Insert the NVIDIA DualTV CD into your CD drive.
The NVIDIA DualTV installation wizard is launched. If the wizard does not
run automatically, select Run from the Start menu on Windows desktop,
click Browse, browse to the CD, select Setup, and click OK.
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4. Click Next from the Welcome screen.
The following events may occur after you press Next.
‰ If the user ID with which you logged on to Windows does not have
Windows “administrator” privileges, the following screen will be
displayed. Press OK to exit the software installation and log on again with
an administrator ID.
‰ If the wizard does not detect a NVIDIA DualTV card in the system, the
following message will be displayed. Press OK, and follow the
instructions.
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‰ The NVIDIA DualTV MCE works only on MCE. If your system does
not have the MCE operating system installed, the following screen will be
displayed.
Click OK, then make sure you install NVIDIA DualTV MCE on an MCE
system.
5. Select the components you wish to install. On an initial NVIDIA DualTV
install, you should select all components listed, and optionally specify the path
for the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder and User’s Guide (a PDF file). The
exception to this is if you already have the Gold or Platinum version of the
NVIDIA PureVideo decoder installed on your MCE system. In this case,
NVIDIA recommends that you skip the installation of the NVIDIA
PureVideo decoder.
The NVIDIA DualTV software package includes the Bronze version of the
NVIDIA PureVideo decoder.
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The screen (see below) displays “NVIDIA DualTV User’s Guides” as a
component to install.
Software Installation
‰ When you click Browse the following screen is displayed for you to select
the install path for the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder and NVIDIA
DualTV User’s Guide(s).
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‰ If “NVIDIA DualTV WDM Driver” is selected and the installation
wizard detects the presence of a third-party analog tuner card, the
following screen will be displayed. NVIDIA recommends that you
uninstall the driver for the third-party tuner card before physically
removing the card from the system. The next two screens are displayed:
Note:
The tuner called out in screen message above is called “DEBUG TV
Tuner” for documentation purposes. In your installation, you will see
the name of your third-party tuner.
The following will be displayed if you scroll down in the above screen.
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6. Select the option to check for availability of updated software from NVIDIA.
This option requires that you have an Internet connection.
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‰ If the NVIDIA server detects that your NVIDIA DualTV CD already
has the latest software versions, the following message is displayed.
The following message is displayed if your Internet link is down or if the
NVIDIA server is unavailable.
Click Yes to retry the connection to the NVIDIA server or No to skip the
retry.
If your system fails to link to the NVIDIA server, you can download driver
updates later by visiting:
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
Either the newly retrieved software version or the version on the NVIDIA
DualTV CD will be used for the rest of the installation.
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7. Read and accept the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder License Agreement as
displayed. The following screen is displayed if you have selected PureVideo
Decoder in the selection of components to install. Click Yes to proceed. If
you click No, you are terminating the software installation.
‰ Enter the Product Information for the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder.
The information is on the label on the back of the CD sleeve.
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‰ Enter the Activation Code. The information is on the label on the back
of the CD sleeve.
‰ The wizard completes the installation of the NVIDIA PureVideo
decoder.
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8. The other components are installed depending on your selection of
components to install in a previous screen. The following screens appear.
Depending on the NVIDIA DualTV package, multiple language versions of
the NVIDIA DualTV User’s Guide will be copied to your hard disk.
9. Click Yes to register your NVIDIA DualTV product via the Internet or a
direct dial-up line.
Note:
This prompt is not displayed if you have already run the installation
wizard and completed the registration process before.
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Note:
If you click Cancel during the registration process, only the product
registration is cancelled. The software installation remains intact.
‰ Fill in your contact information.
‰ Fill in the information relevant to your NVIDIA DualTV purchase. The
product part number and serial number can be found on the inside cover
of the NVIDIA DualTV MCE Quick Start Guide. NVIDIA
recommends that you stay current by signing up for the auto-notification
service about products, promotions, and software updates.
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‰ Complete the survey.
‰ Complete the 2nd page of the survey.
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‰ Select the method to transmit the registration data to NVIDIA, and click
Register. For the Internet and E-mail options, an active Internet
connection is required. For Modem, a direct dial-up line using a toll-free
number to the NVIDIA server is used.
‰ If the data transmission is successful, the following normal completion
screen is displayed. You will receive a confirmation e-mail containing
logon information for your NVIDIA Customer Care account and
information on accessing NVIDIA Customer Care.
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‰ If you click Cancel during the registration process, the following screen is
displayed. Canceling the registration does not roll back the software
installed in earlier steps. If you select Register Now in this screen the
registration wizard will return to the Complete Registration screen
(where you select the option among Internet/E-mail/Modem). If you
select either Exit registration or Remind me in 14 days, the wizard goes
to the normal registration completion screen.
10. Select the “Yes, I want to restart my computer now” option in the screen
below. This “Installation Wizard Complete” screen is displayed whether you
have completed the registration process or not. A program group is created in
the Windows Start menu with shortcuts and uninstall utilities.
Note:
The software installation is fully complete only after the PC is restarted.
After restarting your PC, configure your tuner in MCE as described in the
next chapter.
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Abnormal Termination
If you click Cancel at any time during the software installation before the
registration step, or No in the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder License Agreement
screen, the following screen is displayed.
If you click Yes, the installation wizard exits with the following screen. The software
installed in prior steps is uninstalled.
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Windows XP Media Center Edition
If you have any problems with MCE, please consult the documentation associated
with MCE. For more information on configuring or using Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition, please visit
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/default.mspx.
Setting Up a TV Tuner in MCE
With the hardware and software installed, you need to set-up the TV tuners to
receive the TV signals in your area. Upon initial power-on, the MCE application
may launch automatically. If it does, begin with Step 2. If it does not launch, begin
with Step 1. If you would like to manually configure the tuners, see Configuring Tuners
Manually on page 32.
Note:
If you intend to use your set-top box with MCE (i.e. using the set-top box as a
TV receiver/tuner and NVIDIA DualTV as the A/V capture device), you need to
have an MCE-compatible remote control/receiver with IR blaster(s). The latter
controls the set-top box to change channels. You would need to plug in the
remote receiver to your MCE PC before you configure the tuners.
Configuring Tuners Automatically
1. Go to Start and select Media Center to launch the application.
2. Select Settings.
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3. Select TV.
4. Select Set-up TV Signal and then click Next.
5. Confirm your region to configure for local television service.
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6. At this point, you can automatically configure your TV signals or manually
configure them. It is recommended to automatically configure the signals.
Make a selection and click Next.
Note:
Go to the MCE Web site for information on whether automatic
configuration is available for your country.
Click Next.
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7. Click Yes to continue. MCE has determined your system configuration and
asks if you want to continue to configure the TV signal using the results it
found.
8. You are done with the TV signal portion of the setup.
Select Set Up Guide Listing to setup the TV station guide and then click
Next.
9. Select Yes to view the guide privacy statement and accept the agreement.
Select I Agree and click Next.
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10. Enter your postal or ZIP code so the proper guide information for your area
can be downloaded.
Click Next.
11. Select your provider from the list displayed.
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12. You Are Done! Select Finish to complete the configuration.
Configuring Tuners Manually
MCE allows you to manually configure all settings associated with your tuners. To
manually configure the tuners, use the following procedure. Otherwise, you can
configure the tuners automatically (page 27).
1. Go to Start and select Media Center to launch
the application.
2. Select Settings.
3. Select TV.
4. Select Set Up TV Signal.
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5. Click Next to begin setting up your signal.
6. Confirm the region that you will be receiving the TV signal. MCE determines
the region and asks for your confirmation.
7. Select I will manually configure my TV signal and click Next.
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8. Select your TV signal type and click Next.
9. Specify if you have a set-top box that you will be connecting to your MCE
computer. Click Next.
10. Select the tuner(s) to be configured.
With the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card, you have two tuners. You want to
configure both tuners. Make sure both tuners are checked.
Click Next.
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11. Select Set Up Guide Listing to manually set up your online TV Guide and
click Next.
Click Next again to continue.
12. Select Yes to continue to use the guide and click Next to continue.
13. Read and accept the terms by selecting I Agree and click Next to continue.
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14. Enter your postal/ZIP code, click Next to download provider information.
Click Next to continue.
15. Select a provider that best fits your location.
Click Next to download your TV Program Guide information.
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Click Next to continue.
Click Next to continue.
Congratulations, you have successfully downloaded the online TV
programming guide. Click Finish to complete the process.
This completes the tuner configuration in MCE.
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Setting Up the Radio
Note:
The TV must be set up prior to setting up the radio.
Be sure you have the FM antenna cable connected to the FM connector on your
NVIDIA DualTV tuner card.
FM Antenna Cable (included in the kit).
Note: Actual cable may vary from picture shown.
1. Go to Start and select Media Center to launch
the application.
2. Select Settings
3. Select Radio.
4. Configure your favorite station to load the FM radio presets.
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If you do not see the Radio menu item in the MCE main menu, do the following
after you have closed the MCE application/menu:
1. From the START menu on the Windows desktop, select ALL Programs, then
Set Program Access and Defaults.
2. Click Custom, then the down arrow button.
3. Select Choose A Default Media Player, click the checkbox for Media Center
Radio.
4. Click the checkbox for Enable Access to This Program for Media Center
Radio.
Note:
During the above procedure, if the checkbox for Enable Access to This
Program for Media Center Radio is already checked (i.e. this option is already
enabled), de-select this checkbox, close the control panel, then go through the
above steps for Set Program Access and Defaults again.
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Optimizing the Audio and
Video Experience
This section contains information on common video problems with instructions on
how to correct and repair these problems. In addition, there are settings that help
you optimize the audio and video experience, taking full advantage of both MCE
and NVIDIA tools.
Antenna/Cable TV Signal Strength
Low Signal Level
In general, NVIDIA does not recommend connecting an additional amplifier or
active amplifier/splitter with high gain to the TV cable input.
However, if low signal levels are evident on all channels, check cable/antenna
connections and remove any unnecessary splitter devices. If the problem persists,
add a powered external amplifier with 5-10dB of gain (consult your local electronics
store).
Note the grainy picture and
appearance of colored dots
where there should be none.
Figure 5.
Low Signal Level
High Signal Level
If high signal levels are evident on some or all channels, remove any amplifier
devices or reduce their gain. The addition of an amplifier or active amplifier/splitter
with high gain to the TV cable input causes excessive noise on the signal resulting in
distortion in the TV picture. If the problem persists, add a series RF attenuator
(consult your local electronics store).
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Note the diagonal lines and
horizontal color distortion.
Figure 6.
High Signal Level
Adjusting LCD Panels
LCD panels pose special setup challenges for TV viewing. The range of settings for
brightness is not as varied compared with a CRT monitor or TV, and the color
temperature is usually lower. This can result in imperfect settings even after running
the Media Center calibration.
Each LCD panel is different. What works for one panel may not work for another.
Factory defaults are a reasonably reliable way of achieving adequate results, but the
best method is trial and error by the user for the best individual results.
Go through the process given under Adjusting Your Monitor or TV on page 42. Make
all the necessary adjustments until you are satisfied with the results.
Adjusting Your Monitor or TV
TV or monitor settings play a large part in the overall viewing experience. To
achieve the best picture possible, you should run the complete Media Center
monitor setup utility. Use the following procedure to setup your monitor or TV.
1. Go to Start and select Media Center to launch the application.
2. Select Settings.
3. Select TV.
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4. Select Configure Your TV or Monitor.
The following screen displays explaining how the wizard works.
Click Next to continue.
5. Select your display type and click Next to continue.
6. Select the type of connection on your monitor or TV and click Next.
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7. Select Adjust Display Controls and click Next. Click Next again to make adjustments.
8. Select the adjustments you wish to make and follow the instructions given.
See the following sections to make adjustments to you monitor.
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Centering the Picture on the Screen
Adjusting the Aspect Ratio
Adjusting the Brightness (Black & Shadow)
Adjusting the Contrast (White)
Adjusting the Color Balance
Optimizing the Audio and
Video Experience
Centering the Picture on Your Screen
Onscreen Centering and Sizing
On a computer monitor,
these controls are
normally along the bottom
of the screen. Consult the
user documents for your
monitor or TV to locate
the controls.
Click Next to continue.
Click Watch Video.
The objective is to center
the larger picture on your
screen so that you see all
the edges as shown in the
smaller inset picture. Use
your monitor or TV
adjustment controls to
center the picture.
When you are satisfied,
click on the MCE Back
button to return to the
previous menu.
Click Next on that menu
to go back to the Display
Calibration menu.
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Adjusting the Aspect Ratio
Aspect Ratio
Select Aspect Ratio
(Shape).
If you feel you need to
change your screen
resolution, click Change
Screen Resolution to
display the Display
Properties window. Adjust
the resolution per your
computer documentation.
Locate the adjustment
controls for your TV or
monitor and click Next to
continue.
To adjust the Aspect Ratio,
click Watch Video and
adjust the controls as
necessary.
Make sure the cube of chalk
is square and the billiard
balls look round.
When you are satisfied,
click on the MCE Back
button to return to the
previous menu.
Click Next on that menu to
go back to the Display
Calibration menu.
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Picture Too Dark
If your picture is too dark, you need to adjust the Brightness (Black & Shadow).
Brightness controls the dark and shadowed areas of the screen. Incorrect settings
may cause a black screen to look grey or lose detail in shadowy areas of the screen.
To adjust the color balance, go to Settings¾ TV¾ Configure Your TV or Monitor.
Select your monitor type and connection (see Adjusting Your Monitor or TV on page
42). From the Display Calibration menu, select Brightness (Black & Shadow).
From the Display Calibration
window, select Brightness
(Black & Shadow).
Click Next to continue.
Locate the brightness controls
for your monitor or TV. Click
Next to continue.
To adjust the Brightness, click
Watch Video and adjust the
controls as necessary.
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Too dark: Suit, shirt, and background blend
Make sure you can distinguish
the black shirt from the black
background.
When you are satisfied, click on
the MCE Back button to return
to the previous menu.
Click Next on that menu to go
back to the Display Calibration
menu.
Correct: Blacks can be distinguished
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Picture Too Light
If your picture is too light, you need to adjust the Contrast (White). Contrast
controls the intensity of the white signal of your display. If contrast is set
incorrectly, it can cause the picture to appear faded and lose detail in brighter areas
of the screen.
To adjust the color balance, go to Settings¾ TV¾ Configure Your TV or Monitor.
Select your monitor type and connection (see Adjusting Your Monitor or TV on page
42). From the Display Calibration menu, select Contrast (White).
From the Display Calibration
window, select Contrast
(White).
Click Next to continue.
Locate the contrast controls
for your monitor or TV. Click
Next to continue.
To adjust the contrast, click
Watch Video and adjust the
controls as necessary.
When you are satisfied, click
on the MCE Back button to
return to the previous menu.
Click Next on that menu to
go back to the Display
Calibration menu.
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Contrast too high. Buttons and wrinkles are not
sharp
Adjust the contrast as high as
possible without losing the
wrinkles and buttons on the
shirt.
Correct contrast. Buttons and wrinkles are visible
When you are satisfied, click
on the MCE Back button to
return to the previous menu.
Click Next on that menu to
go back to the Display
Calibration menu.
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Color Balance
Incorrect adjustment of color temperature can cause unwanted color information to
appear in black and white pictures or leave the picture with a skewed tint.
To adjust the color balance, go to Settings¾ TV¾ Configure Your TV or Monitor.
Select your monitor type and connection (see Adjusting Your Monitor or TV on page
42). From the Display Calibration menu, select RGB Color Balance.
From the Display Calibration
window, select RGB Color
Balance. Click Next to
continue.
Locate the color controls for your
monitor or TV. If there is a color
temperature control setting, set
it to 6500k. Select Back and go
to the next adjustment.
Click Next to continue.
To adjust the RGB Color
Balance, click Watch Video and
adjust the controls as necessary.
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The billiard scene is shown and
pans in on the gray panels in the
background.
Color temperature too low
Adjust the color so that the gray
panels have no tinge of red,
green, or blue.
It may be necessary to fine tune
brightness and contrast after
adjusting the color balance.
Correct color balance
When you are satisfied, click on
the MCE Back button to return
to the previous menu.
Click Next on that menu to go
back to the Display Calibration
menu.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This section provides answers to frequently asked questions on set-up and usage of
the product. For the most up-to-date information, please consult NVIDIA
Customer Care knowledge base available at:
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php
Note:
Use the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader to browse this document and go to the
Web links. Visit http://www.adobe.com/acrobat/ for more information on
downloading the free reader.
Getting Driver Updates
You can download driver updates by visiting:
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
General Questions
1.
I only have a single TV cable or antenna feed. How can I
record two channels at the same time or watch one
channel while recording another?
Answer
The NVIDIA DualTV card only needs a single connection to a TV cable or antenna
input. It has an internal amplifier-splitter that routes the broadcast signal to two
different tuners. Please note that the other RF connector on the bracket is for the
FM radio antenna.
2.
Can I connect two set-top boxes to the NVIDIA DualTV
card?
Answer
Yes. The NVIDIA DualTV card supports up to two (2) set-top boxes using the dual
A/V connectors (SVID1/AUD1 and SVID2/AUD2) on the bracket. MCE requires
an MCE-compatible remote control/receiver with IR blaster(s) to control the settop boxes. Channel tuning is done with the set-top box, under the control of the
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MCE remote receiver with IR blaster. The IR blaster is in turn commanded by the
MCE application itself (for scheduled recording) or the remote control (for live TV).
3.
How can I take advantage of both tuners on NVIDIA
DualTV when I have a single set-top box?
Answer
When using a single set-top box you can only use the NVIDIA DualTV in singletuner mode, unless an antenna or cable TV (RF) connection is also used. Note that
when using a set-top box with MCE, channel tuning is done with the set-top box,
under the control of the MCE remote receiver with IR blaster. The IR blaster is in
turn commanded by the MCE application itself (for scheduled recording) or the
remote control (for live TV).
You may receive premium channels only with a set-top box but not the cable TV
(RF) feed.
4.
I previously used a different TV Tuner card in this system.
Should I uninstall the drivers for that card?
Answer
Analog tuner cards often come with WDM capture drivers, while DTV tuner cards
(for reception of digital broadcast) often come with BDA drivers. NVIDIA
recommends that you uninstall all existing WDM capture drivers to ensure that
there is no compatibility issue. The uninstall procedure should be done before you
physically remove the existing analog tuner card.
5.
Are there known compatibility issues with the NVIDIA
DualTV card and any systems or motherboards?
Answer
NVIDIA DualTV has been verified to comply with relevant PC specifications.
However, at the time of printing this document, NVIDIA has found a case where
systems with ASUS K8S-GX/MX motherboards cannot boot up when the
NVIDIA DualTV card is plugged into a particular PCI slot. The workaround is
simply to reinstall the NVIDIA DualTV card in the next available PCI slot.
In another case involving some versions of the ASUS P4SD-LA motherboard, the
system may not perform a POST (Power-on Self Test) which is part of the hardware
test and initialization sequence on boot up. This error may indicate motherboard or
power supply issues supporting this card. Please consult your PC dealer.
You can get the latest information on NVIDIA’s Web site at the link below (hold
Ctrl and click the link):
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php
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6.
Are there any known compatibility issues with the NVIDIA
DualTV and any graphics boards or DVD decoders?
Answer
For the latest information, visit the NVIDIA Customer Care knowledge base. It is
available at (hold Ctrl and click the link):
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php
7.
What are the basic trouble-shooting steps if I cannot get
the tuner to receive TV pictures?
Answer
Please check that the following tasks have been completed:
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Ensure that the NVIDIA DualTV card is securely installed in your computer and that a
television cable, antenna, or set-top box is properly connected.
Ensure you have uninstalled any old drivers(WDM) from previous analog tuner card(s)
(see other FAQ entries).
Load the software CD and follow the installation prompts to completion (including
restarting the system).
Verify that the NVIDIA DualTV WDM driver is installed properly and enabled (see
other FAQ entries).
Ensure that you complete the first-time TV set-up procedures in Microsoft Windows
Media Center Edition. See Setting Up a TV Tuner in MCE on page 27.
Verify that the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder has the highest priority (if there are other
installed decoders on your system) using the following utility:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=de1491ac-0ab6-4990943d-627e6ade9fcb&displaylang=en
If the utility does not work or address the problem, you may need to uninstall any
3rd party decoders using Add/Remove Programs in the Windows control panel.
8.
If my system already has another DVD decoder/player
(known as MPEG decoder/player) installed, which
decoder/player will Windows (MCE or XP) use?
Answer
When a decoder is installed on your system, it creates a priority for Windows to use
it when an application needs it. NVIDIA DualTV MCE installs the NVIDIA
PureVideo decoder and attempt to configure it as the default decoder for all
applications.
If you are unsure that the NVIDIA decoder is being used, you can check to see if
the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder taskbar icon displays when an MPEG-2 file or
DVD is playing. You can uninstall all other decoders to ensure that the NVIDIA
PureVideo decoder is used for all MPEG-2 and DVD playback (this step is also
useful for troubleshooting purposes).
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In addition, the Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility can
determine if a DVD decoder is installed on your computer and whether or not the
decoder is compatible. You can also set the priorities among the decoders if multiple
versions are installed. To download this utility please visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=de1491ac-0ab6-4990-943d627e6ade9fcb&displaylang=en
9.
How can I identify the version of NVIDIA DualTV driver
installed and whether it is enabled and otherwise
functioning?
Answer
Please follow these steps:
Go to Start¾Control Panel¾System.
Select the Hardware tab.
Select Device Manager.
Expand the Sound, video and game controllers branch in the device tree by clicking
the + sign next to it.
‰ Right-click on the NVIDIA DualTV Tuner device and select Properties.
‰ Select the Driver tab. The driver version and status are listed.
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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=de1491ac-0ab6-4990-943d627e6ade9fcb&displaylang=en
10. How can I install a driver update if it does not come with
an installer (setup file)?
Answer
You can install the driver using the "INF install" approach:
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Download the driver to a folder on your system.
Go to Start¾Control Panel¾System.
Select the Hardware tab.
Select Device Manager.
Expand the Sound, video and game controllers branch in the device tree by clicking
the + sign next to it.
Right-click on the NVIDIA DualTV Tuner device and select Update Driver.
Select No, not this time on the first page of the Hardware Update Wizard and click
Next to continue.
Select Install from a specific location on the next page and click Next.
Check Include this location in the search and click the Browse button.
Select the folder on your system that contains the updated driver and press the OK
button.
Click Continue Anyway on the Hardware Installation dialog.
Click Finish.
Restart your system.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
11. How can I tell the version number of the NVIDIA PureVideo
DVD Decoder (other than from version text on the CD)?
Answer
The Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility (see FAQ #8) will tell
you the version of the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder installed on your computer.
Currently, the utility replaces the first number with a 4 instead of a 1. See the
following screenshot:
12. What should I try if the Windows Plug-and-Play function
does not seem to detect the NVIDIA DualTV card?
Answer
Please try the following procedure:
Shut down the PC.
Remove the power cord from the system and all cables from the NVIDIA DualTV
card.
‰ Reseat the card properly in the PCI slot or insert the card into a different PCI slot on
your PC motherboard.
‰ Reconnect the cables and power up your computer.
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13. What should I do if I see stuttering video when I watch live
TV or record video to my PC?
Answer
Frame dropping is typically a result of a hardware component running slowly,
possibly due to improper configuration. Please try the following:
Check that Direct Memory Access mode is enabled for your IDE hard drive to
improve transfer speeds and lower CPU utilization.
Close any running (background) programs that are not being used.
De-fragment your hard drive (it is recommended that you do this at least once a
month).
If you are using an antenna to receive an over-the-air TV signal, please make sure the
signal is strong and the antenna is capable of delivering a good signal.
Update your video card drivers to the latest version available from your video card
manufacturer’s website.
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14. There is no picture when playing a DVD in Windows Media
Player. I already have the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder
installed.
Answer
Please perform the following steps to troubleshoot this issue (hold Ctrl and click the
link to go to the Web page).
Ensure your system meets the NVIDIA PureVideo decoder System requirements.
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http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_sysreqs.html
Ensure you have the latest drivers for your graphics card.
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NVIDIA
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
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ATI
http://www.ati.com/support/driver.html
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Intel
http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scriptsdf/support_intel.asp?iid=HPAGE+header_support_download
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While the minimum version required is Windows Media Player 9; NVIDIA highly
recommends Windows Media Player 10.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp
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Please update to Windows XP service pack 2 and Direct X 9.0c for the latest Microsoft
Operating System and Direct X runtime fixes.
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
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Use the decoder checkup utility to ensure the Decoder is installed and has priority if
other 3rd party decoders are installed.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=de1491ac-0ab6-4990-943d627e6ade9fcb&displaylang=en
When you have gone through these steps, try to playback DVD video within Media
Player 10 or Windows Media Center Edition.
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15. What can I try if I get poor TV reception from my NVIDIA
DualTV when using an antenna to receive over-the-air TV
broadcasts?
Answer
If you experience choppy playback because of weak signal reception, please make
sure the antenna is placed far away from the PC to avoid signal interference. An
amplified antenna may also provide better results. If you live in an area surrounded
by tall buildings or hills, an outdoor antenna may be required.
16. I would like to download my home movies from my
camcorder or VCR and make a DVD to share with my
family. How can I do that?
Answer
You can use Microsoft MovieMaker in an MCE system. Connect your camcorder
or VCR to the NVIDIA DualTV tuner card using the SVID1/AUD1 connections on
the bracket of the card if you do not also have a set-top box connected, or
SVID2/AUD2 connections if you do have a set-top box connected. You may then
use MovieMaker to capture, edit, and archive your video.
Technically you can connect a VCR to view live or recorded programs or make
instant/timer-based recording on MCE. In this case you need to have an MCEcompatible remote/receiver connected and the respective driver loaded in order to
complete MCE set-up as if the VCR you are connecting is a set-top box. In this
case, however, MCE does not actually control the VCR via the IR blaster. You have
to manually set the channel on the VCR.
17. What is MediaSqueeze and what are its benefits? How does
it work in my NVIDIA DualTV MCE?
Answer
NVIDIA MediaSqueeze™ compression technology allows you to store more of your
TV program recordings on your storage media. There are two aspects of
MediaSqueeze:
NVIDIA DualTV can record your programs at a lower bit rate than competing
solutions while still providing good image quality. With a lower bit rate, the resulting
file size is smaller, so you can store more TV programs on your hard disk (or a DVD
when you archive your recordings). To use this aspect of MediaSqueeze change the
recording quality settings in MCE or the video capture application you are using. Those
applications translate the quality setting into a bit rate setting.
‰ NVIDIA DualTV's MediaSqueeze technology can also be used to convert your TV
program recording files from a high bit-rate to a lower bit-rate. This is useful if you are
archiving a large number of TV program recordings to a DVD and they will not all fit.
To use this feature, you need a software application that takes advantage of the
NVIDIA DualTV's MediaSqueeze technology.
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The following table summarizes how a NVIDIA DualTV MCE user can take
advantage of NVIDIA’s MediaSqueeze technology.
NVIDIA DualTV MCE
Aspects of
MediaSqueeze
Quality recording
at lower bit rate
Bit rate conversion
MCE
MyTV
TV
Recording
Microsoft
Sonic MyDVD LE *
v6.11 or Later
MovieMaker*
TV/Video
Capture
Sonic MyDVD
Studio *
v6.11 or Later
TV/Video Capture
TV/Video Capture
Archive to DVD
Archive to DVD
* Microsoft MovieMaker comes with Microsoft Windows XP and Media Center Edition 2005. Sonic
MyDVD must be v6.11 or later to support NVIDIA DualTV
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs Specific to Microsoft
Windows XP MCE
1.
When I install a new TV Tuner such as the NVIDIA DualTV,
change the TV signal type, or update the tuner driver,
should I always launch the Media Center TV setup wizard?
Answer
Yes. You should run the MCE TV setup wizard every time you install a new TV
tuner or change the signal type (e.g. switching from a direct cable TV feed to set-top
box). NVIDIA recommends that you run the MCE TV setup wizard after updating
the tuner driver as well.
2.
I already have another TV Tuner card in my MCE system.
Should I remove the tuner card first?
Answer
At the time of print, MCE supports concurrent use of up to two digital TV tuners
and either two separate analog single-tuner cards or one analog dual-tuner card. If
you already have an analog single-tuner card installed, you need to remove it first.
Please uninstall the related driver before physically removing the card.
3.
What remote control should I use with Microsoft Windows
Media Center Edition?
Answer
You need to use an MCE-compatible remote control/receiver which may come
with your MCE system; you may also purchase one from NVIDIA’s online store or
a third-party vendor.
If you intend to use one or two set-top boxes with your MCE PC, an MCEcompatible remote control/receiver with IR blaster(s) is necessary. The remote
control unit does not control the set-top boxes directly; they are controlled by the
IR codes transmitted from the IR blaster(s) connected to the USB remote receiver.
If you do not connect a set-top box to the MCE PC, the MCE remote control is
optional but will enhance your user experience.
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4.
The NVIDIA Audio Decoder is not working under Media
Center Edition while watching live TV. What should I do?
Answer
This is expected behavior. MCE uses Microsoft’s own MPEG-1 audio decoder
instead of the NVIDIA audio decoder.
5.
I have configured MCE to support a set-top box, but the
MCE IR (infrared) blaster does not seem to control the settop box. Is there anything I should try?
Answer
Remove or reinstall the Microsoft eHome Infrared Transceiver driver under the
Device Manager in the Control Panel. Alternatively, you can update the eHome
remote driver from the link below. Also, make sure the LED controller cable (IR
blaster) is plugged into your remote receiver and positioned properly over the
remote sensor on your set-top box.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=bb89a23d-b487-42b9-85e1c0f5eb690e49&displaylang=en
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6.
How can I enable or verify closed captioning is working in
MCE?
Answer
MCE 2005 supports closed captioning by default when you press the mute button
on the Microsoft eHome remote control or can be set within the on-screen user
interface. Obviously the broadcast program needs to carry closed captioning for you
to see the text.
To change this setting, go to Settings¾TV¾Audio.
7.
My system runs MCE 2005 previously upgraded from MCE
2004. Although the NVIDIA DualTV card appears to install
correctly, MCE cannot detect the tuner.
Answer
Please perform the following steps.
1. Install the latest NVIDIA DualTV drivers from our Software Downloads
page at:
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
2. Verify that the system sees an installed Microsoft certified DVD Decoder (the
NVIDIA PureVideo decoder if you ran the NVIDIA DualTV install CD)
with the Microsoft Decoder Checkup Utility:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=DE1491AC-0AB64990-943D-627E6ADE9FCB&displaylang=en
3. The motherboard chipset drivers may need to be updated. Here is a list of the
most common motherboard chipset manufacturers:
ALi
http://www.ali.com.tw
AMD
http://www.amd.com
Intel
http://www.intel.com
NVIDIA http://www.nvidia.com
SiS
http://www.sis.com
ULi
http://www.uli.com.tw
VIA
http://www.viaarena.com
If the issue is still not resolved, you may need to perform a fresh installation of
MCE 2005. You should back up all of your important files before formatting your
hard drive. A clean install of Windows is always preferred over upgrading from a
previous Windows version (old files, registry entries and settings from your previous
Windows version can cause instability on your PC).
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8.
What is “NVIDIA MCE Extension” and how can I access it?
Answer
One of the modules installed during NVIDIA DualTV’s software installation was
the NVIDIA MCE Extension.
This module provides additional tools to enhance your audio and video experience.
To access these tools, go to More Programs.
Select NVIDIA Settings
Additional tools are available to you if you have an NVIDIA graphics card installed
along with the latest NVIDIA MCE graphics driver. You can download the driver
from the NVIDIA Web site (http://www.nvidia.com). Consult the NVIDIA
Customer Care Knowledge Base for more information about the NVIDIA MCE
Extensions.
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Registration, Support and Warranty
Registering Your NVIDIA
DualTV
At the end of the NVIDIA DualTV software installation, the installation wizard
prompts you to register your NVIDIA DualTV. You can register immediately, or
choose the option to remind you in 14 days. An Internet connection (for direct
NVIDIA registration server access or for e-mail) or a phone line (for direct toll-free
call to the registration server) is needed. The NVIDIA DualTV software installation
program also installs a registration short-cut in a programs group accessible from
the Windows START menu.
After you register your NVIDIA product, you have priority access to NVIDIA
Customer Care by using your assigned user-ID and password to log on. You can
also elect to receive automatic notification of special promotions and software
updates through e-mail to ensure that your NVIDIA product continues to operate
optimally.
Warranty and Support
NVIDIA warranty and support (Customer Care) information is available at:
www.nvidia.com/support
www.nvidia.com/warranty
You may also access these sites from the NVIDIA’s main Web site at:
www.nvidia.com
Upon registration, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail which includes a
toll-free phone number, sign-on information for NVIDIA Customer Care, and
other information.
The NVIDIA support site allows you to search our extensive knowledge base and
communicate with our Customer Care staff.
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NVIDIA DualTV MCE Dual-tuner Card User’s Guide
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Index
3DYC, 2
hardware installation, 7
audio, connection to card, 8, 10
high signal levels, 41
basic trouble-shooting steps, 55
How to...
bracket connectors, list of, 2
brightness controls, 47
set-top box, 10
How to...
centering picture on screen, 45
CATV, connect to, 8
Change Screen Resolution, 46
connect equipment to tuner card, NTSC, 8
color balance, adjusting, 49, 51
connect to DualTV card, 8
compatibility issues, 55
FM cable, connect to, 8
Composite-to-S-Video adapter, 4
install hardware, 8
configuring for local television service, 28
remove old drivers, 7
connect a set-top box, 10
connections, external to card, 8
connectors, bracket, 2
connectors, on-board, 2
contents of package, 4
Contrast, 49
Contrast too high, 50
driver updates, 53
driver, removing old drivers, 7
dual tuners, configuring, 27
Dual-channel analog TV reception, 2
DVD decoder/player, 55
features, 2
FM Antenna Cable, 4
FM radio, connection, 8
Frequently Asked Questions, 53
How to...
install NVIDIA software, 11
How to...
install NVIDIA WDM driver, 11
How to...
set-up TV tuner in MCE, 27
How to...
manually configure tuners, 32
How to...
set-up radio, 38
How to...
resolve low signal levels, 41
How to...
resolve high signal levels, 41
How to...
adjust LCD panels, 42
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How to...
adjust TV or monitor, 42
How to...
center picture on screen, 45
How to...
adjust dark picture, 47
How to...
adjust light picture, 49
How to...
adjust color balance, 51
How to...
update drivers, 53
installation
connecting cables to card, 8
hardware, 7
internal connectors, 2
LCD panels, adjusting, 42
list of features, 2
logo compliance, 3
low signal levels, 41
MCE environment, 2
Media Center, launching, 27
MediaSqueeze technology, 59
Minijack to Dual RCA Audio Cable, 5
monitor settings, 42
More Programs, 64
MPEG2, 2
NTSC dual-tuner card, 5
NVIDIA Decoder System requirements, 58
NVIDIA DualTV tuner card, 4
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NVIDIA Extensions, 64
On-board internal connectors, 2
opening Media Center, 28
package contents, 4
PAL
card connections, 8
PAL dual-tuner card, 6
picture, centering on screen, 45
profile@main, 2
radio set-up, 38
RCA Cable, 10
RCA Cable for Composite Video and Stereo
Audio, 4, 5
removing old driver, 7
requirements, system, 4
safety precautions, 7
Set Up Guide Listing, 30
set-top box, connecting, 10
Set-up TV Signal, 28
software applications, 11
S-Video cable, 10
S-Video Cable, 4
system requirements, 4
trouble-shooting steps, 55
tuners, manually configure, 32
TV or monitor settings, 42
TV, connection, 8
unpacking box, 4
video quality, improving, 41
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Applicable to EC Directives: 89/336/EEC & Amending Directives: 92/31/EEC for ITE Class B Digital Devices,
EN60950:2002, EN55022:2003, EN61000-3-2:2000, EN61000-3-3:2001, EN55024:2003, EN55020:2002 &
EN55013:2001, FCC Part 15 Class B ITE, UL 60950 3rd Edition (2000) (File Number E204896), CUL CAN/CSA
22.2 NO.60950-00, CTICK AS/NZS Cispr22:2002, MIC Korea Class B, VCCI Class B, BSMI/CNS13438:May1997
Class B ITE.
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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
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interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is
no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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