Reviews and Problems with ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV
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Okay for te price I bought it at.
19 April 2011
Summary: Interesting device. The quality isn't 100 par, and there aren't many other capture tests on youtube to compare it to. Still consider other usb capture devices over this one. It's also a hassle to set up.
Summary: I was surprised to read a lot of the bad reviews (after I bought the card)! I had absolutely NO problems installing this card on a W2K box w/ SP4. I've converted almost all of my (deathly-boring-home) VHS tapes to DV, edited them, and burned DVD's with only a few "reboots" and those were mostly Explorer related (right-clicking on 3+ Gb files too quickly w/ preview on can make Windows a bit unhappy!). The TV also worked great with no problems.
Summary: As the other reviews noted, there are problems with installing this card, even though I got it working successfully in the end. Although it isn't my top pick for a graphics card, I have enjoyed being able to hook it up to my VCR and print my digital videos to VHS (yes, this is possible, although it is a bit tricky to setup.) I withhold one star on this card for having lack of customer support and being hard to setup.
Summary: I have seen many reviews on this card, i have found that the 8500DV card and drivers are very unstable. when the tv is playing it will freeze the picture or go dark and the sound keeps playing, must reboot as it freezed whole computer except sound continues to play. problem with IE and using the transparecy feature - or even rezizing the tv/video frame causes instability.
Summary: Used the card for about 4 weeks and had problems with audio which traced to the bad (...) connector on back..efforts to get service have failed ... This card and its associated software should have been more extensively tested by ATI.
Summary: Someone mentioned maybe trying an ATI Radeon 7500. If you get the All In Wonder Version many of them DO NOT come with a cooling fan on the card!!! Believe me, with this much power you NEED a cooling fan. Always check the ATI site and click on their 'large' picture image and make sure you get a cooling fan with EVERY card, built in. I have a 7500 without AIW and it works 100% great and runs cool with the factory fan on the card.
Summary: I purchased this product to upgrade my old all-in-wonder card. I love ATI for their wonderfully multi-functional cards but they really need to do a better job of writing software for them. I tried to install this card on Windows 2000 with all the latest drivers and with the exact instructions (after reading another review here) for each driver. The end result was video with vertical lines on both the DVD player and the TV software.
Big let down from ATI - All in Wonder Radeon 8500DV
JORDAN M. FREDERICKS, Amazon
2 February 2003
Summary: Been in the computer industry for many years. Trusted ATI in the past, but this card is the worst thing I have ever had to try and install. I spent over 12 hours trying to install this card and make it work. Currently I have been able to get my system back to where it was prior to attempting this installation. If I could only get it to keep from locking up I would be there. To the writers of the latest code for this card, you shoud be hung from the highest tree.
Summary: There are a _lot_ of issues with this card, its software, and its documentation. However, it was still worth buying, at least for me. Tech support calls are toll calls to Canada, but most of the tech people are quite friendly and helpful. However, they do acknowledge certain bugs and limitations in the product. Other problems I found they hadn't heard of.