Day 2 - get over initial shock and TV tuner fixWell after getting over the initial shock, I actually managed to do some real work (well real play then) with the system.
The first item was the TV Tuner as a few people have problems with it, particularly non-US owners.
My system came with WinXP Pro preloaded so all the drivers and TV studio software were already present. If you live outside the US and want to use the TV Tuner on a different video standard (PAL for example) you MUST reinstall the TV Studio software. The drivers can stay but the TV software has to be removed then resinstalled before it will work.
Why? Ok - the TV module in the 8890 can accept video from two sources:
- external coax cable (ie. your normal TV cable)
- S-video in
When Sager install the software for you, they test against the US TV standard NTSC. If you live outside the US your TV video standard will be different.
To find out if your setup is incorrect do this:
Run the TV Studio software.
Open the control panel (click on the left bottom button).
Click on the "spanner" icon (setup) and you will get a configuration popup.
Click on Video Standard, you will get another popup.
You will notice there are two inputs available.
The top one labelled Ext. should be greyed out.
The bottom one is labelled S-Video and can be changed.
If the top one does not match your country's standard you will need to follow the fix below. (Mine was set to NTSC).
To fix it, do this:
Firstly make sure you exit the TV Studio software.
Select Start menu -> All Programs -> TV Studio -> Uninstaller
Click yes to uninstall.
Let the program complete.
Find the TV Studio CD and insert it in the DVD/CD drive.
It should autostart and bring up a menu.
Select TV Utility Software. This will bring up an installation wizard.
Select yes to all the questions then you will be presented with a list of countries to select from.
If your country is listed, click on it and the installation wizard will do the rest.
If your country is not listed go here and find out which video standard your country uses.
Once you have that go back to the installation wizard and select any country that uses the same standard. You will find that the TV module will set its channel frequencies properly for you.
Once you have reinstalled check the "spanner" -> video standards panel again and your particular video standard should now be showing up in the "Ext." box.
All you need now is a *good* aerial. If I plug into my house connection I get a really good signal. Using one of those rabbit ears units does not work for me. Your mileage will vary as they say. I am in a poor reception area so I have to use a roof mounted aerial.