I have an old Dell OptiPlex GX110 collecting dust. The specs are pretty low, but I wanted to turn it into a home theater PC. I don’t wanna record massive amounts of stuff, I just want to record a cartoon here or there, convert it, then put the videos on my PC3 HDD or PSP. Thing is, all I have is an EasyCAP and was wondering if I should just use that or buy a TV Tuner card likea Diamond or or a Sabrent.
I really don’t have a strong internet connection, it’s slow as dialup and not wireless. What will be my best route?
The computer already has Puppy Linux installed on it. I was wondering if I just used the EasyCAP, would I be able to set programming recording from my computer, or is that only a feature of the TV tuner card. I want it to sort of be like my DirecTV receiver where I can set it to auto-tune at a certain channel and record.
I’m on a strict budget so the most I can really shelve out for a capture card is ~$40.
If you need more info just let me know. Everything on the Dell OptiPlex GX110 is stock, but the RAM is maxed at 512MB I believe.
If this is out of the question and too memory intensive, would it be some way to just set up the auto-tune list on my receiver before I go, leave the EasyCAP plugged in, and then make some sort of script that will run and record the video playback at specific times during the day to save memory perhaps? Or should I just scrap this project altogether and just buy parts for my bike and exercise?