|Dabs Value MT1513 PAL TV Tuner - What is it?
||[Jun. 10th, 2004|02:37 pm]
When I was on Dabs on the weekend, buying a better graphics card for my new computer (which, incidentally, is now finished and just waiting on Lloyds stop being so muppet and getting the money to them), I had a browse around their clearance section.|
One thing which caught my eye was "Dabs Value PAL TV Tuner - £ 4.99". The details page didn't have anything on it, besides the code "MT1513". For a fiver, I didn't think I could go much wrong, so I bought it on a whim. I tried doing a google for it, but just got price comparison sites linking back to the (now removed) dabs page, and a google cache of the original Dabs page (originally cost of 25 quid, but beyond that, no info)
Now I have the thing, I'm quite confused. Here's what it looks like:
As you can probably see, it's an external box. It came just like that (no box, no paper, just a barcode on the plastic bag). It has no power input, just a RS232 9 pin serial port, and a coax input. I'm now mistified as to what it is, let alone what it does...
I've tried plugging in a null modem cable, and talking a variety of things at it (eg 9600 8 bit non parity, 9600 7 bit partity etc), but no joy. Nothing back. What I now need to do is plug in an ariel, and see if anything changes.
Anyone have any ideas about the mystery box? All I have on the barcode lable is the Dabs QuickLink (2CLR, but that page has gone), the manufacturers code "MT1513-Tuner", the string "MT1513 PAL TV Tuner", and the digits "104-010-0030" "00002001302848900000". Anyone?