Review: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 TV Tuner
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 09/02/2006
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  • DaytonaDave

    Glad to see I am not the only one with issues πŸ™‚

    I installed PowerDVD early, so I started with the crappy video quality step.

    Where did you find the beta drivers for the 500? I know they are kept on a different site (not http://ftp.hauppauge.com), but cannot seem to find a link to them. I used to beta test for them in the early WinTV days.

    Feeling good now that I know you made it all work,
    David

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  • sen

    I was wondering the same thing. I can’t seem to find those beta drivers you talked about.

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  • Thank you for reading the review. I have actually been very happy with the tuner since I got it all working.

    The drivers that I am using are 2.0.43.24108_prerelease and you can get them from here:
    ftp://ftp.shspvr.com/download/wintv-pvr_150-500/prerelease/

    or here:
    ftp://ftp.hauppauge.com/Support/PVR150/Beta/

    I got mine from the first link, but I believe the second ones are the same.

    Good luck

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  • When I upgraded my machine to Vista Ultimate I did not have any problems. I hope your Home Premium will be equally smooth.

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  • thomas

    Haha i ordered this card yesterday! Let’s hope I don’t have to go through the same kind of problems! I’m running Vista Home Premium πŸ™‚

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  • Is anything ever that easy? What I meant is I installed Vista, installed the Hauppauge drivers and installed dvd software, for the dvd and video decoders, and it all worked.

    Almost as easy as you thought.

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  • thomas

    No problems at all! Card inserted, started vista, got recognised by vista, tryed the mediacenter, everything worked perfect πŸ™‚

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  • Palmtree

    Hello all,

    I was having problems with my tuner (pvr 500 mce) which eventually led me to this site. As I was reading the review, It was creepily similar to my situation. I downloaded the drivers from the Hauppauge site, and literally spent hours troubleshooting. The video was freezing, or would just show black, but I have a Pentium 4 system, not AMD. Updated video drivers (Intel 865… I know, it sucks) fixed that problem, but the *beep* video quality still remained.

    I have since downloaded the same drivers you recommended here, but unfortunately the quality has stayed the same (or perhaps even worsened).

    I’m just wondering if there is anything else you, or anyone else, can recommend.

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  • Bad quality video may not be a problem with the card or drivers. In my house I split my cable about 6 times so that it can go to each room. Because I split it so much it weakens the signal a lot. All my TV’s seem to handle this ok, but the 500 did not. I assume that because the card is splitting the cable again, once for each tuner, the signal gets reduced again. I ended up going out and buying an 8 way splittler with a built in amplifier for my cable, which helped a lot.

    Let us know what you do and if it works.

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  • Palmtree

    Thanks for the help, I’ll get some better splitters and let you know how it goes. I also tried s-video from the same set top box, and the picture was near perfect. Unfortunately I plan on using this just for basic cable in the basement, so coaxial is needed.

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  • Palmtree

    Turns out I needed to get newer drivers (2.0.48.24258), and enable LNA mode on both tuners. Looks great now, just some wavy vertical lines, but I don’t even notice them most of the time on most channels πŸ™‚

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  • I thought I would add a little update. I recently built a new computer that runs Windows 64 bit and it has 6 GB of RAM. When I installed the WinTV-PVR-500 I could not get it to work properly. I wrote Hauppauge support that this is the response I got.

    “Are you running 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7? This product is not officially supported under Windows 7 but should work in 32 bit Windows 7 and 64 bit Windows 7 running less than 4GB of RAM. If you are running 64 bit and more than 4GB of RAM then the card will not function properly. There is no workaround for the 4GB issue.”

    So if you are looking to get a new computer and you hope to use this card, just make sure you are not getting Windows 64 bit or you have less than 4 GB or RAM. Since most new computers include both, this means the WinTV-PVR-500 is now relegated to the category of junk.

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