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03-05-2002, 09:23 PM

Magician suggested that I post to get help. This is my last cry for help with this card. I got a TurboTV card with no manual or software. I read several posts on the forum. I wondered what I am doing wrong with my 7500 and OS 9.1. I have good video and sound quality with the card, but the freezing is outrageous. It freezes up the finder and I have to do a forced quit to try again. I recently upgraded Quicktime to version 5. I have tried BTV 5.2, HackTV, iXDesktop, and TurboTV 2.10. All seem to work for awhile, but all the applications crash. I changed the colors to thousands and used a small window. Last night things got worse and I lost sound and video. The screen was blue. Do you think it will work better if I delete all of these and try them one at a time? I am stuck and have looked everywhere on the net for help. I have read that it either works great or horrible. What should I do? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Please help!!!

03-06-2002, 01:10 AM
Some later version downloads and further info at the bottom of this page http://www.bensoftware.com/download.html

Not the downloads at the top of the page.

Another source for drivers http://eshop.macsales.com/Tech/index.cfm?load=ixmicro.html k

[This message has been edited by kaye (edited 06 March 2002).]

03-06-2002, 11:17 AM
Thanks Kaye. I tried all of these drivers but they seem to freeze up no matter what application (BTV, ixDestop, etc.) I use. Maybe I dont have the correct settings so that the video doesnt screw up and freeze up in the finder. I also thought about bumping down the quicktime to 4.0.3. Something is in conflict and I am clueless.

03-06-2002, 09:15 PM
I think I am getting somewhere now. I bumped down the Quicktime to 4.0, changed the resolution to that horrible 640x480 and got the files from Macsales. I think the files I had got corrupted. The version 2.15 seems to be okay. I will see if the freezing starts again. At least I am optimistic now. If it does, I will do a forced quit and try again. One good thing is that its not doing that crazy registration thing over and over now.

P.S. Do you know why the card has a j3 connector on it? What does this do? Can the 7500 run OS 9.2.2? Just wondering...

03-10-2002, 12:32 PM
Angela - I got your email 2-3 days ago and have trierd to send things back to you - but I must have a bad email address. My grandmother also passed away this week and it has been a long week.

Anyway each night my computer askes to send it or quit - I need a real email.


03-10-2002, 02:23 PM
Hi Randy,

Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Condolences to you. I remember how I felt when I lost my grandmother. Try this email girl_spice57@yahoo.com I dont know why the other seemed to cause problems--could have been the underscore??

Just wanted you to know that this TV card is great!!! I eliminated the freezing issues and like it just as much as the VCR route.

03-11-2002, 12:12 AM

I sent you another email. Hope to hear from ya soon. I look forward to your comments about OS 9.2.2.

03-12-2002, 01:10 AM
Glad to hear that you got rid of the freezing issues. How'd you fix it?

I'm not sure what a J3 connector is, but this ebay post http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2009038781 has pictures of a TurboTV and has the ports on the card labeled. Maybe it'll be of some use to you.

[This message has been edited by ICCAFSN (edited 12 March 2002).]

03-12-2002, 10:02 PM
Funny that you mention this auction because I was starring at the pictures last night. I havent figured out this J3 connector yet. Maybe I should ask the seller if he knows. This is one time I wish I had a manual to look through to see if there is any mention of it.

I went through a lot of research and emailing to finally get rid of the freezing. I emailed everyone I could find to inquire as to how they got this card to work properly. Most of the time I never got a response. Finally, I read several posts http://www.mailgate.org/comp/comp.sys.mac.hardware.video/msg06342.html and http://www.mailgate.org/comp/comp.sys.mac.hardware.video/msg06289.html This was a case of the card either works great or lousy. So I contacted Ben creator of BTV to find out how in the world was he able to get his to work nicely. He suggested bumping up the memory (5000k) and removed an unnecessary TV card extensions. The only one I needed was the ixTV/FM vdig extension. Most of the downloads were missing this extension, only included the IxTVdesktop application. After reading some old post on the forum, Magician and LV made some good points about when you first start setting up to do it in 680x480 before changing to a larger resolution. Then I checked to make sure I didnt have any snatches of ATI drivers or preferences left on the system since they are totally not compatible. My next issue was finding IxTV drivers that would work with the card. The ones that worked for me were from a link Kaye posted http://eshop.macsales.com/Tech/index.cfm?load=ixmicro.html I used the version 2.15 and bumped down the Quicktime from 5 to 4 since this link http://www.connix.com/~jmck/ixmicrodrivers.html cited that there might be some problems with Quicktime 4.0.3 Pooling all the suggestions worked out the freeze issues and the TV card works flawlessly.