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BelowZero 09-30-2019 02:37 PM

Capture PCIe card vs. USB, ATI vs. Pinnacle?
I'm looking to upgrade my capture device from a Pinnacle 710-USB to something with better quality. My WIN7 computer only has PCIe slots available.
I found this Diamond ATI TV Wonder HD 600 card on eBay today.

Just wondering if this card will work in Windows7 and if it's on anyone's recommended list.
OR, should I keep looking for an ATI 600 USB?

Any advice appreciated!

lordsmurf 10-01-2019 01:58 AM

That 710 is nice. What sort of quality issues are you seeing?
That ATI 600 PCI card is junk.

BelowZero 10-01-2019 08:49 AM

I've never had any quality issues with the 710. I've always considered it a good piece of my setup. Thanks for confirming that for me.

The problem is I can't get the 710 to play nice with a new (used) computer I'm trying to set up. After setting everything up I was able to capture a couple of VHS tapes just fine into VirtualDub. Then I scrapped the Win10 and installed Win7 (I wanted XP but I already had the Win7 disks so I went with that). After installing everything, I tried capturing some more VHS, but the signal is suddenly not stable. Lots of jitters and framing issues. I've been working on that for a couple days now to no avail. It works fine using an old Honestech VidBox I have, but don't want to use that. I think I've tried everything I can think of from new cables to updated drivers to different VCRs to capturing with different software. Always the same unstable picture. When I plug it into the old Win10 computer it still works like a charm. Quite frustrating.
Perhaps you or someone else can think of something I haven't tried or offer some advice. I really would like to continue using the 710.

btw, Welcome back. I do hope your health issues are on the mend!

BelowZero 10-01-2019 10:41 AM

An update...
Computer and Pinnacle 710-USB now playing together nicely.
Bought a new USB cable and that did the trick.

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