Connecting Freeview to Vista Media Center laptop

  orange_amnesia 22:40 15 Mar 08
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I would like to connect a Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU laptop running Windows Vista Ulimate Media Center to my Freeview box. The Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU has a integrated hybrid digital/analg tuner and remote control.

What wires or connector do I need to connect the Freeview box to the Sony Vaio laptop?

  rossgolf 22:44 15 Mar 08

if its got an inbuilt tuner then is there an arial slot/port?

  woodchip 23:04 15 Mar 08

It will not connect as your laptop does not have a Scart Socket. You could buy a Tv Digital Modulator. But it's far cheaper to buy a TV that plugs into USB like this click here

There are others

  orange_amnesia 23:56 15 Mar 08

"if its got an inbuilt tuner then is there an arial slot/port?"

Yes, it does have an aerial port.

If I connect the aerial directly into the aerial port on the laptop then the Media Center picks up BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4.

If I connect the aerial in to the Freeview box and then a wire from the Freeview box to the aerial port on the laptop, Media Center still picks up BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4.

  rossgolf 00:00 16 Mar 08

i have a tv tuner and i plug my arial straight in and then scan DVB channels and it picks them up

  orange_amnesia 00:11 16 Mar 08

"i have a tv tuner and i plug my arial straight in and then scan DVB channels and it picks them up"

It picks up all of the Freeview channels without a Freeview box connected to the laptop?

  rossgolf 00:22 16 Mar 08

well its a desktop but same principal.
and yes without a freeview box.
have a look at the manual and see if it is digital DVB

  Ray5776 00:30 16 Mar 08

Sounds like you have an inbuilt TV card so an ordinary aerial cable should be fine.

ray

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