Archived Updates (July - November 2003)
I'm almost positive the new type of
tuner is the Microtune MT2050. I've requested a datasheet
from the manufacturers.
A new type of tuner has been discovered in
the Pinnacle Rave cards, so I'm working on an updated tuner
driver. Chris Terran has kindly produced some great fitting
instructions - see the link above!
One of my alpha testers has reported the TV
tuner working on all five UK broadcast channels.
I'm nearing a release of the software
now. The driver is written in C and can cope with various
world TV standards. Channel scanning is complete, with a
complete scan taking ten seconds, rather than two minutes for
the official Windows driver. And it gets it right.
11th August 2003
I'm continuing to work on the user
interface for the TV card. Allowing the TV display to be
overlaid by other windows is proving difficult but I think it
is possible. Thanks for the continued work of my alpha
29th July 2003
Sorry for the recent lack of updates.
Development is going well, though I'm working on a tricky part
of the code which will allow other windows to partially
overlap the TV window. Some good news today - Castle released
a sound mixer plugin for Configure so I can now enable the
line input! This means I can watch TV and still hear system
15th July 2003
Horizontal and vertical scaling now
works perfectly, so the video can be scaled to any size in a
window using the TV card's hardware.
10th July 2003
Made a number of improvements to the
user interface, but it still needs a lot of work. The image
width is now fine and the software can also do a complete
reset of the card if something bad happens (like messing up
registers while I'm programming it). I'm trying to get the
image to snap to the window when it is dragged around.