Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950 USB HD Tuner

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After reading about this tuner in the Snapstream forums and blog I caved, and picked one up at my local Circuit City. You can never have enough HD tuners!

The installation was fairly painless although I did run into a bit of a snag. I connected the tuner to my PC, and it was recognized. However, I could not install the driver for it. I tried everything, including pointing the driver installer at every folder that contained a driver with no luck. I found a driver updater script on the supplied CD, ran it, and all was good. Others didn’t mention this, so I guess I was just lucky.

Once the tuner was installed I ran the Beyond TV setup wizard, added it as a new HD tuner, and now I can record even more HD goodness.

Here’s some screenshots with the complete set here.

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4 Responses to “Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950 USB HD Tuner”

  1. It looks like you’ve got hardware menus working. Unless I use “Overlay,” everything starts tearing on scenes with motion.

    Is there any trick to making translucent menus work? My setup looks similar to yours.


  2. What exactly are you system specs? You could try using fullscreen exclusive mode. Include “/displaymode:exclusivefs” option in your BTV shortcut.

    “C:\Program Files\SnapStream Media\Beyond TV\BTVD3DShell.exe” /displaymode:exclusivefs

    Replace what is in the quotes with your path to BTV if you don’t use the default install folder.

    You can set what resolution is used in exclusive fullscreen mode in the web admin (Settings > Advanced Settings > ViewScape Settings).

    Honestly, I use overlay for both my server and clients. My clients tear in 3Daccelerated mode, and I just like the picture quality better with Overlay. My server can handle 3Daccelerated with a few tears ever so often, but I still like Overlay better. I just used 3Daccelerated to grab the screenshots, since you cannot get a video screenshot with overlay.

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