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  1. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    Greeting all, I just purchased a portable DVD player which is capable of
    video/audio input and can display TV broadcasts. Now I need a small
    portable TV tuner to be able to watch TV on it. Some have suggested to use
    the tuner inside an old VCR but I need something small and portable and I
    would think that the tuner components are spread out on the circuit board
    making it impractable unless I'm mistaken.

    Some have also suggested that I use a TV PC card for computer. This would
    be ideal because it's small and cheap but is this possible or practable?
    One problem I see is that there is no video/audio out on these cards so how
    would I get the video/audio signal out to my DVD player? The other problem
    is how to power it. Which contacts on a PCI card are for power in? Any
    help on this will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    What you want to do is complex. The processed tuner output on the PC type
    board may not even be a compatible signal type in impedance to match to the
    impedance of your player's input. The addressing to operate the tuner will
    require external software, and control, as such of what the computer will
    perform. This is why it is low in cost. It is missing a lot of required
    things.

    You should look around for a portable tuner unit. Sony and Panasonic used
    to have one for consumer level. In the professional level it does exist,
    but the cost is not low. These professional units give excellent reception,
    and specifications. But the cost is much more than your player.

    It would be much cheaper for you to go out and buy the 4 or 6 inch Casio
    pocket TV. It would be less cumbersome to handle, and can fit in your
    pocket. I have seen these for as low as about $70 US. Sony had a model that
    is expensive, and it may have an A/V output. It was selling for about $400
    US. I have not seen this one for a long time.

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    Greeting all, I just purchased a portable DVD player which is capable of
    video/audio input and can display TV broadcasts. Now I need a small
    portable TV tuner to be able to watch TV on it. Some have suggested to use
    the tuner inside an old VCR but I need something small and portable and I
    would think that the tuner components are spread out on the circuit board
    making it impractable unless I'm mistaken.

    Some have also suggested that I use a TV PC card for computer. This would
    be ideal because it's small and cheap but is this possible or practable?
    One problem I see is that there is no video/audio out on these cards so how
    would I get the video/audio signal out to my DVD player? The other problem
    is how to power it. Which contacts on a PCI card are for power in? Any
    help on this will be greatly appreciated.
     
  3. So why didn't you stick with the original thread, in the newsgroup you
    originally posted to, instead of bringing it to a newsgroup about repair?

    This is not a repair issue. And since you are trying to follow up a
    comment from someone else somewhere else, you should have stayed there
    and asked in the original thread.

    Michael
     
  4. Since you put it that way, because idiots like you want help, but can't
    even bother to stick around until the solution is found.

    What in the world does repair have to do with your problem?

    And yes, you've spread your silly post all over the newsgroups, but
    instead of asking "well that's a solution, I need more details" you
    shift to another newsgroup where you start practically from scratch
    again. Someone in sci.electronics.basics provided the bit about
    the computer card, but you didn't stay there. When this happens, usually
    it is becuase the poster doesn't like the answer they get, it doesn't
    fit the answer they expect, so they move to another newsgroup hoping
    to find the answer they were expecting in the first place.

    This isn't primarily an issue of bandwidth. It's about how idiots
    like you don't get the help they seek because a) you don't ask in
    the right place, b) you don't provide enough details, c) you don't
    continue in the thread after some solutions are offered, and d)you
    don't like the answers anyway.

    There is no indication that you can do what you want, except by
    buying something. If you don't have a clue about the best newsgroup
    for asking the question, and you can't stick with the thread when
    someone does offer a solution, it doesn't seem likely that you can
    deal with stripping down a VCR to make it compact, or adapt a
    computer card for use as a tuner.

    Michael
     
  5. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    So why do you waste bandwidth trying to be the news group cop? There's one
    of you guys in every one of these new groups.
     
  6. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    You're no electronics expert either so don't try to come off as if you are
    by calling me an idiot. I would say that it's a pretty accurate assumption
    that you are a want-a-be electronics whiz who hangs out on these news groups
    flaming folks because you know absolutely nothing and hate yourself for it.
    Well you shouldn't take your inadequacies out on other folks bud. BTW I
    could build most anything electronics related and you would be amazed at
    some of the things I have built. And if you assume someone is an idiot just
    because they seek information and knowlege that makes you an arogant
    asshole.
     
  7. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Is Jr. High out yet? Can we get back to discussing electronics?
     
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