After the 1950 external version broke down from overheating, http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2009/04/using-the-hauppauge-wintv-hvr-1950/, I decided to purchase the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 PCI version. Since I only had one PCI slot and zero PCI Express slots left, which one to buy was an easy decision.
Just like the 1950 version, WinTV version 6 must be used on Windows XP. WinTV version 7 works on Windows 7. They can be downloaded from http://www.hauppauge.com/site/support/support.html. The CD that came with the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 came with version 7 of WinTV, but that did not work on my Windows XP Professional box.
Unfortunately, there are two very different models to choose from. The one on the left cannot be connected to a DVD player for stereo sound since it is missing the white and red stereo audio ports. One will have to connect the white and red cables directly to a set of stereo speakers I assume. The composite video can be connected to the computer through the S-Video port.
The one on the right, which I purchased, allows one to connect a DVD player to the computer using the RCA connector. If one does not have a S-video cable, a RCA composite video to S-Video plug is included in the box. Therefore, the yellow plug of the RCA connector will fit in the S-Video connector on the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600.
Both versions allow one to connect cable TV to the computer. The one on the right does not come with a remote control though. Therefore, make sure that one purchases the correct one.
For details on what are included with the different models available, please look at http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hvr1600.html
The quality of the TV picture is not perfect. It was better on the 1950 version. Nevertheless, one can watch TV and/or DVD’s.
For now, I am satisfied with my purchase. I will have to see if the heat will be an issue with this computer. This computer consists of one intake fan and three exhaust fans. Hopefully, I will not run into overheating problems like I did with the 1950 version.
As of Aug, 15, 2010, the tuner stopped working. The problem seemed to be the card, but it seems that the problem is something else. http://www.thecomputermechanics.com/forums/showthread.php?10570-TV-Cable-Booster provides insight into what the problem is. I purchased a signal booster since I was curious if it would work, and solved the problem. The solution can be read at http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2010/09/tv-tuner-fuzzy-picture/