OTA HDTV on a Netbook   Leave a comment

I just figured out how to setup my Pinnacle HDTV Pro stick (801e) on my HP Mini Netbook (1010NR) to watch live TV in Windows 7 Media Center.  It’s pretty simple, but there is a catch.  There is not enough storage on the SSD to store the live TV buffer (needs 6 gigs minimum) so you’ll have to direct it elsewhere via a registry edit (Don’t do this if you don’t know how!).  I am having the netbook put temporary TV files on an 8gig SD card which is working fine.

Step one – Plug in the USB tuner (I had to use the port by the power plug, the other port said it was USB 1 (new to me)).

Step two – Let windows find and install drivers automatically

Step three – Configure the tuner card in Media Center – DO NOT WATCH TV YET!

Step four – Redirect Life TV Buffer and Recorded TV folders to the SD card.

Edit these values in the registry:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MediaCenter\Service\Recording
LastRecordPathSet (Modified to D:\)
RecordPath (Modified to D:\)
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MediaCenter\Service\Video\Tuners\DVR\IO\Writer
DVRDirectory (Modified to D:\)

It worked for me.  Not sure how much I’ll use it, but it’s nice to know it works.

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Posted February 14, 2009 by chrislux in Technology

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