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Old 03-07-2008, 10:03 PM   #1  
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Default Windows media center and Comcast connection

I am trying to set up my new windows media center pc with comcast. I tried connecting from the wall directly into the tuner in the back of the computer but it won't read it. I've read on some forums that you need to go through the digital box. But most are talking about the HD Box. Will it work with just the cable box and how do you do it, or is there another way altogether. Just top be clear I'm not concerned about HD right now. Thanks for your help.
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If your media center PC has A/V (Yel-Red-Wht) input ports available, you can hook the A/V outputs from the STB. Your media center will also need to be able to output IR control, ideally. I have a HP z560 media center PC that has the ability to control a comcast box for recording, for example, but I have not tried it because I use Uverse rather than cable.

Can you supply more information on the MCE PC?
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If your media center PC has A/V (Yel-Red-Wht) input ports available, you can hook the A/V outputs from the STB. Your media center will also need to be able to output IR control, ideally. I have a HP z560 media center PC that has the ability to control a comcast box for recording, for example, but I have not tried it because I use Uverse rather than cable.

Can you supply more information on the MCE PC?
Thanks for the help So use the yellow red white out your saying from the digital box from comcast to my pc? the specs for my computer isat this link and below

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HP Pavilion M8300F Media Center Desktop PC
Processor
Processor brand ?
Processor brand: AMD

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AMD
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Processor type: Athlon 64 X2

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Processor speed: 3.0GHz

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Bus speed: 2000MHz

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Level 2 cache 2 x 1MB
Level 3 cache N/A
Memory
RAM 3GB
Memory type (RAM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
RAM expandable to: 8GB
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Hard drive size: 640GB

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Hard drive speed 7200RPM
Burns DVDs Yes
Lightscribe Yes
Expansion
Available 3.5" bays 0
Available 5.25" bays 1
Available PCI slots 1
Available PCI-E x1 slots 0
Available PCI-E x16 slots 1
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USB 2.0: 6

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Graphics/video
Video memory 1343MB
Video memory type Partially shared
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Operating system Windows® Vista Home Premium
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Additional Features Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
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Width 7.6 inches
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It seems like your PC does not have the A/V inputs so you may need to get a capture card if you want to hook up the cable box to it.
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It seems like your PC does not have the A/V inputs so you may need to get a capture card if you want to hook up the cable box to it.
What do you mean by av inputs. If your meaning audio video it has a coaxil, in rca's in, s-video in, component in and so on.
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What do you mean by av inputs. If your meaning audio video it has a coaxil, in rca's in, s-video in, component in and so on.
Yes, A/V is audio/video. If you have a yellow-red-white input on your tuner card then it should allow you to connect the cable box output.
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