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MSI Vox Box USB 2.0 TV Tuner FAQ
« on: 19-February-05, 01:45:43 »



Hands up, I admit I've never used one of these devices before, but I'm looking to get hold of one, so I can have a play around with it.

So far, I'm guessing that the main guts of this thing are similar to (if not the same as) the TV@nywhere Master, so the steps described elsewhere for installing drivers and MSIPVS should be the same (apart from using Vox drivers from MSI website).

Any Vox users who have any good tips and tricks to share, please post below and I will incorporate them into my FAQ

Please start a new thread if you need help, inappropiate posts will be moved or deleted.





Some points to be aware of:


"I have installed the MSI Vox Box, but the picture is unstable and looks "flakey"
The Vox requires a USB 2.0 port to run. Also, it does clearly state in the manual that if your PC / laptop cannot provide enough power for the Vox directly through the USB port, then you will need to use the external power supply. Where you may obtain this even I am unsure of.

ffulkerth makes a suggestion in this post about a universal power supply: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=74361.msg523855#msg523855

wonkanoby has also suggested to use a self-powered external USB hub, but make sure you use a USB 2.0 type

also read what lance8 has to say about using the Vox with its power supply: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=74829.0



"How do I get sound? My laptop has no Line-In audio jack."
Plugging the audio out of the Vox into the Mic socket works as long as you have the mic playback off mute and the volume on the mic set VERY low (about 5% if that). Thanks to dragon2611 for that one!



"Does the Vox work with Windows XP Media Center Edition? (MCE2005)"
Neither the Vox or the TV@nywhere cards are compatible with MCE2005. MCE2005 requires an analogue TV card capable of hardware MPEG2 encoding, or a software DVB-T (digital) card that already receives an MPEG2 video stream over-the-air.
You can however still use the Vox or the TV@nywhere using the MSIPVS software outside of the MCE2005 application.


"I get error messages when I try to install the Vox USB on Windows XP SP2"
Download and install the latest drivers available from the MSI Product Support page.


More to come, as and when....

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« Reply #1 on: 11-March-05, 06:43:59 »

Hey. 
When you get ur hands on the little tiny tv tuner, you'll be amazed, as well as  :wall: .
It's got it's  :biggthumbsup:  and  :biggthumbsdown:  as you're aware. 
With windows XP SP1, and the new drivers, the CPU usage when watching tv and using the DVR are half of what they used to be, sitting at about 20% and 40%, for tuner viewing and DVR, resepectively.  So make sure you use the new drivers as opposed to the ones supplied.

And yes, the noise problem is unbearable, HUMMMMMMMMMMM, it'll drive u  X-(( .  But don't  ;-(( , cuz there are solutions, and once these are implemented you will be more than  ;-))  with the product. 
The HUMMING comes from noisy power, the noisy power does not come from the computer/Laptop, instead, the clean power being supplied picks up interference from the 2 data lines transfering data between the computer and VOX.  Using a seperate power supply eliminates this problem.  As another solution, you can use a small USB extension, the shorter it is the less interference is inhereted.  Plugging directly into the USB connector also reduces the HUM to a virtually inaudible background noise.
I've made a short USB extension to be used with my Tuner, it allows you to maintain portability, and reduces the HUM to a point where nobody would notice it unless they knew it was there and listened for it.  In my opinion, the HUM is now less than the noise broadcasted by some networks. (PBS! :bonk: )

Well, those are my thoughts, hope they help.

I am also considering trying to tap the 5V supply from another USB port and plugging it into the external power supply port on the VOX, this would be like using an AC adaptor, but without the bulky transformer.  The VOX uses up 490-500mA while operating, so it might be a good idea to tap 2 other USB ports to run it.  I'll give it a shot some day.  But that'll be some  :shocking:  fun.

Let us know how it goes with yours.

Good luck.

Cheers.


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« Reply #2 on: 05-May-05, 18:11:43 »

Hi!Be gentle, I'm new on this kind of stuff. I need some advice about my tv tuner. who knows why I cannot use the teletext features from my vox tv tuner.
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« Reply #3 on: 05-May-05, 18:48:46 »

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« Reply #4 on: 14-July-05, 01:55:58 »

Can someone please help me.......just purchased the MSI Vox TV box but when I try to install the software, it asks me for serial number (I presume of the vox box), however, it keeps telling me serial number is incorrect........I put it in as follows
B0506040463
Am I doing something wrong???
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« Reply #5 on: 14-July-05, 08:28:42 »

Morning,

The serial number is printed on the software CD supplied with the MSI VOX.
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donne

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« Reply #6 on: 29-July-05, 20:47:46 »

Help!!!  My unit works fine connecting to cable, but when I connect to composite I get a black screen and nothing records.  I am trying to record from my vcr, and have changed the settings to composite.  Is there anything else I need to do
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