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- Thursday, June 7th, 2001 Like Share






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Neese Oct 19, 01
I just purchased the ATI-TV Wonder (thats all it says on the box) for my husband's xmas present. I have no knowledge of computers and hardware and now that I read there are a few versions of ATI-TV, I'm concerned I purchased the wrong one and wonder if anyone can help. Our computer runs on DSL (phone line) not cable, so do I need to send this ATI-TV back and get a VE or USB (whatever those are) or is there anything that I need to buy in order for this to work?

Thanks in advance!
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neesey Oct 27, 01
Ok, welp, I'll just keep posting 'til I get someone who takes pity on a poor computer challenged housewife I have made several attempts to get in touch with Page Computers where I bought this TV Wonder product. I've asked them the same question I asked here and have received no word from them *sigh* SO! I wrote them again and asked that they give me instructions as to how to send their product back since I can't get info and still.....no response. ANYWAY..thats not YOUR problem - I'm the big doe-doe head who purchased it -but- if anyone out there wakes up one morning finding that life is good and they should pass the feeling on - give me a quick post Thanks!
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Helper Dec 3, 01
I can't believe no one wrote you back! You probably won't check this again, but if you do maybe I can answer your question. The ATI TV-Wonder comes in two forms, one is USB, the other PCI. The noticable difference is that USB is EXTERNAL to you computer, PCI is INTERNAL, so you have to open your computer to install it. Most computers since the mid 90's will take either version just fine, and it says right on the box which one you have. Your internet connection (ADSL Vs. Cable) has nothing to do with the TV-Wonder, as you run it from the cable which right this minute is plugged into your tv. Just think of it as your computer becoming a big, expensive television. Oh, by the way, unless you are using a laptop computer I STRONGLY suggest going with the PCI version (not USB) as it provides MUCH better sound and video quality. Hope you got answers somewhere.
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Helper Dec 3, 01
Just a note; you can also check to ATi website. The link for information on the (PCI) TV-Wonder is:
http://www.ati.com/na/pages/products/pc/tv_wonder/index.html
and for the (USB) TV-Wonder:
http://www.ati.com/na/pages/products/pc/tv_wonder_usb/index.html
So you can actually see a major difference in the product. They also offer the "TV Wonder VE" which is a different package, catering to a lower end, less options kind of market. There you go.
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vpfalco Dec 11, 04
I just received my ATI USB 2.0 and on my Dell it crashes. ON my HO computer which is USB 1.1 it works great! Any ideas as to why? When I start the ATI TV the blue screen locks and gives ne the register dump.
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