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No Windows = No TV

Posted in Computers,Software,video by Joe Colburn on the October 8th, 2007

Sometimes, I just feel cursed with electronics, but then I remember that my last laptop gave me 7 good years and my last television gave me 10 (and continues serving up the morning news in my workout/front room). This week’s adventure is brought to you by Microsoft Windows, a spastic cat, and my failed reliance on the two to not collide in my living room.

No Windows, No TV

If it doesn’t boot, it doesn’t give me TV and it won’t record my favorite shows while I’m working. I could just buy a TiVo, but that’s like admitting defeat. True to my techie nature, I’d much rather curse at it for a week and be able to boast that I don’t NEED TiVo when I have my own setup.

Current stage: It gets through to the Windows XP logo and then just a black screen.

More on this later.

UPDATE: The TV is working again

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  1. Herbert said,

    on October 9th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about this Joe, but I think that it was actually a feat in itself just getting the computer to hook up with the TV as opposed to simply using TiVo. To be honest, I’m actually thinking of doing that myself. Was it difficult, or not?

  2. joe said,

    on October 9th, 2007 at 8:45 pm


    Actually, I just grabbed a Hauppage HPTV-150 card and a copy of Beyond TV and I was off to the races. However, make sure your video card has S-Video or some other means of outputting video to the TV. I have an ATI Radeon card (model # escapes memory at the moment) and it works great.

    Just keep cats away from it. I’ve already fried a motherboard and now whatever this problem is, thanks to my crazy cats.

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