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Watching TV

Now, let’s go over to the most interesting part – the integrated TV-tuner as well as the related software. Unfortunately, the high-frequency module used in All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO doesn’t support the SECAM standard we have in Russia. This problem cannot be solved by any BIOS, drivers or utilities updates. That’s why we had to substitute ATI All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO with a card from Sapphire for the TV-tuner tests. The Beast All In Wonder 9700 PRO multimedia card from Sapphire repeats ATI’s reference design with minor differences like a SECAM-supporting high-frequency module and a few changes in the PCB wiring layout.

As we have included this card into the review, let’s say a few words about it. Its retail version comes in a colorful paper box:

The accessories set is less rich than the one coming with All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO from ATI. The package includes the Beast All In Wonder 9700 PRO and the following items:

As we see the remote control unit is missing among the accessories provided by Sapphire. However, both: ATI and Sapphire offer the Remote Wonder as an option, so there is no problem to purchase the control unit separately.

ATI All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO and Sapphire The Beast All In Wonder 9700 PRO require the same software to be installed, so there is no difference between them in this respect.

Well, we’ve got everything set up and running and have the following newcomers in the device list:

After plugging in an antenna (we used a community one), we are setting up the TV-tuner. TV Channels Initialization Wizard is going to help us here. First, the country must be chosen. In other words – the range of frequency bands for TV channels:

Russia was not present in the list, so we chose the frequency range of Albania following the advice on Sapphire’s website (Albania must be close to Russia in this respect).

 
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