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    Leadtek WinFast TV 2000 XP Deluxe Tuner Review
    Author: Matt
    Date Posted: July 1st, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: The Leadtek WinFast TV 2000 XP Deluxe comes with an impressive list of features including TiVo functionality, recording, time shifting, FM radio and the ability to edit video. Whats it like and what did we think, read on in our official review...

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    Installation

    Installation of the card was as straightforward as any other PCI card except for a few hitches. When you start Windows for the first time with the card installed I recommend inserting the WinFast driver disk into your CD-ROM so that you can manually select the drivers on the CD when Windows auto-detects the card. There are four drivers installed with the card, Audio Capture, Crossbar, TVTuner and Video Capture. The first time I installed the card and software everything went without a hitch. When I moved the card to another computer and installed the software, Windows crashed and restarted the computer when installing the Crossbar drivers. I turned the computer back on and Windows redetected the card and tried to install the Crossbar drivers again, and again the computer hard reset. The next time the computer made it to Windows and started to detect the card I skipped the driver installation and attempted to install the drivers from the Setup software on the CD. This also proceeded to fail.

    I decided this was a good time to call Leadtek tech support. I went to their website and found a form to submit for technical support but no phone number, I submitted the form and it ended up giving me a phone number. I called the tech support number and left a message, and surprisingly they called me back within 5 minutes. The tech dude was very helpful and knew exactly how to solve the problem, which boiled down to manually running some setup files on the CD that aren't connected to the auto-run installation utility. With that, installation was done and I was ready to begin using the card. Oh yes, as for the support form I submitted, Tech Support called me the next day offering help, I told them I had received help already though. Needless to say I was very impressed with Leadtek's tech support, they definitely know their products.

    The various jacks on the back of the card are for the FM Antenna, TV Antenna/Cable, S-Video/RCA, Audio In, Audio Out and Remote receiver. The only connections that might be of confusion are the audio ones, while the picture below explains it nicely it should be said that you don't always need something connected to the audio in, most often your TV antenna or cable signal will provide audio in, in which case you will only have to connect the audio out to the audio in on your sound card.

     

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    1. Introduction
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    3. Installation
    4. Use
    5. The Remote
    6. Software
    7. Conclusion

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