How to Connect an External TV Tuner Card to a Desktop

In this article, we will learn how to connect an external Television tuner card to your desktop, such that when you power on the tuner card, you can watch TV and when you power it off, you are back to your normal desktop (running any operating system).

Steps

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    Open up the box packing the TV tuner card, its remote and a few cables.
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    Plug out the speaker jack from your sound-card (which is usually located at the back of the CPU cabinet).
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    Insert the cable(which has a similar jack like your speaker's jack that was plugged into the sound card) that came along with the packaging in the place of the speaker jack into your sound card.
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    The other end of this cable should be plugged into the "Sound-out" socket of the TV tuner card.
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    The speaker jack should be plugged into the "Sound-In" socket of the TV tuner card.
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    Plug out the monitor display cable from the back of the CPU cabinet and plug it into the TV tuner card. The socket on the card looks similar to the one on the CPU cabinet.
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    Now, take the other cable that had come bundled with the tuner card and plug one of its end into the monitor socket on the CPU cabinet.(The plug looks similar to the plug on your monitor cable).
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    Plug the other end of this cable into the "VGA-Out" socket of the tuner card.
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    Take the power adapter that came bundled with the card and plug it into a power source.
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    The output cable of the power adapter needs to be plugged into the "Power-In" socket of the tuner card.
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    Insert the terrestrial antenna jack into the antenna socket of the card.
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    Switch on the entire setup. (In some cases, you could hear a beeping sound from the speakers).
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    Use the remote control bundled with the card and make sure it has proper batteries in it.
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    Press the power button and the desktop monitor should show some display resembling a disturbed TV transmission.
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    Treat the setup like a regular TV and tune the channels.
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    Turn the TV off, and you can continue working on your desktop normally.

Tips

  • The TV tuner card can also be run without switching on your desktop. Just the monitor needs to be powered on. In face, you do not need a CPU cabinet at all, just a monitor is enough.
  • The connection to the CPU cabinet is made to enable you to use the monitor for your Desktop PC when you are not using the TV. The TV connection to the CPU cabinet is made to enable you to use the monitor for you desktop PC when you are not using the TV.
  • Some of the tuner cards have an automatic tuning facility which can be invoked by pressing a single key from the remote.
  • If initially, you do not hear any sound, try swapping the sockets of the two audio cables plugged into the tuner card.
  • The TV tuner card can also be run without switching on your desktop. Just the monitor needs to be powered on. In fact, you do not need a CPU cabinet at all, just a monitor is enough!
  • If initially you do not hear any sound, try swapping the sockets of the two audio cables plugged into the tuner cards.
  • The connection to the CPU cabinet is made to enable you to use the monitor for your desktop PC when you are not using the TV.

Warnings

  • Make sure that when you are plugging in cables, the power is turned off.

Things You'll Need

  • A desktop
  • An external TV-tuner card with all its cables.

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