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    cross-compatible TV tuner for laptops

    My roommate and I aren't sure about having a TV in our room. We're looking into possibilities. At the moment, one of the best ideas (besides buying a TV) is to use our laptops as screens on which to watch TV and play video games. Here's the way I figure:

    We'll need a TV tuner card. It must be compatible with both Mac (OS X) and Windows (XP).

    Ideally, it would be a PCMCIA card. (The one in the slot.)
    Otherwise, it would be ok if it were external USB.

    If you have any info on where I could find such a contraption that would suit my needs, please let me know. Thanks!

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    Try Best Buy or CompUSA (if your in the states)

    http://www.bestbuy.com
    http://www.compusa.com

    If not then I'd suggest trying Ebay.

    Failing that, try googling 'usb tv tuner' or 'pcmica tv tuner card'

    I don't know if such a thing exists as a PCMCIA card but I'm almost sure you can find a USB one.

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    Thanks for the thoughts. Yes, I'm in the States. (I live in St. Louis and will go to school near Chicago.) I am a frequent visitor to Best Buy and CompUSA.

    My request is rather picky, though, and I realize this. I've been searching online for a while now, and I've come up with several possibilities. However, the problem is with the Mac AND Windows thing. I've found a ton for Windows, a few for Mac, but I'm still having trouble finding the perfect one. I did find a PCMCIA card that looked awesome (this one), but I have yet to find if it could be compatible with Mac. If all else fails, we may just go with one or the other (unless we do just get a TV, lol). But I posted in hopes something might show up. I figure many heads are better than mine, especially when working together.

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    Ah..

    Didn't notice you needed it for both mac and windows.

    Hmm....

    The one you mentioned doesnt appear to be mac-compatible though. It does states winXP/2k as a system requirement.

    I tend to doubt you'll find a PCMCIA-based one that works on both macs and PCs but a USB one very well might.

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    It's not so much the hardware as it is the software. Hardware is not problem. In both machines there's a PCMCIA slot and a USB 2.0 port (or several). The only problem lies in having the software to work with it on both machines.

    What it looks like we'll end up doing is just buying like a 20" TV. It's probably cheaper to just get that than to find something like we're looking for. Oh well, whatever works. Thanks for your input.

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