Diamond PVR560 XtremeTV Tuner CardFormer staff writer - June 11, 2007
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The hardware installation is very easy for this product. The first thing you need to do if you haven’t already done so, is to turn off your PC and disconnect the power to it. Then take off any panels that are keeping you from the inside of your case. It will be required that there be an open/available PCI slot on your motherboard, as this is where the TV tuner card plugs into. You may also have to remove any metallic slot cover plate from the rear of the PC case that lines up with the PCI slot.
Now, just hold the TV tuner card over the PCI slot and lower it into place by gently rocking it into the slot. Try not to touch any of the electrical components on the card itself to avoid damaging anything. Once you are sure the gold contacts are firmly and evenly in place, secure the card in position by screwing it down to the computer frame. That’s it - the hardware installation is done. You can now replace the panel you removed from your case. Don’t power your PC up yet though, as there are a couple of things to do yet. You will want to have the cables connected to it, so that the software wizards can run and actually find the TV and radio source. We'll get into that below.
Once the PC is powered back up, we can install the software that was provided by Diamond Multimedia. The software on the CD included a driver for Windows and the Beyond TV and Beyond Media programs. Once the CD spins up, you have an install window from which to choose which software you would like to install. The first thing to do is to install the driver for the card. Once that is done, then we can install the Snapstream software, which is the meat and potatoes of this package.
Beyond TV Installation:
Beyond TV is a software program made by SnapStream Media. This lets you record and watch TV on your PC, provided you have a tuner card installed. I had a little trouble with the initial install, as it didn’t finish properly and then could not get it uninstalled. I had to contact tech support and they helped me resolve the issue by editing the registry. Tech support was a fairly quick experience, no super-long waits. The second install went smoothly.
Beyond Media Installation:
Since I am using Windows XP SP2 and not Windows Media Center Edition, I chose to install Beyond Media, which gives me an interface that has menus for all of the media on my PC. It is a DVD player, photo browser and all-in-one media player. It even incorporates Beyond TV into its interface, so that I can access the live TV from here. The setup screen is a full-screen affair, something I am not fond of.