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TV Wonder PRO NTSC to PAL?

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Marcus Stade, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. Marcus Stade

    Marcus Stade Guest


    I wonder if anyone knows if it's possible to convert a TV Wonder PRO
    from NTSC version to PAL? I can see no jumper or such which might be
    of use (in fact, I can't see any at all). Will it be enough to just
    solder something or did they actually make two different versions of
    the TV Wonder PRO, one for PAL and one for NTSC?

    I would be surprised if the latter is true, HW manufacturers rarely do
    something like that ;o)

    Marcus Stade, Feb 4, 2004
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    Ben Pope Guest

    I'm not sure... if there is no jumper, then possibly a BIOS flash?

    Ben Pope, Feb 4, 2004
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    Paul Murphy Guest

    There will be significant hardware differences between the currently
    available NTSC version and the PAL/SECAM Version (when its released). NTSC
    is a very different format and the frequencies on those cards differ to
    those on PAL/SECAM cards. The tuner module (in the metal can) will be
    different, hardware PnP ID in its EEPROM/EPROM will differ and there will
    probably be many other differences as well.

    When NTSC All-In-Wonder 8500s were being sold for much lower prices in the
    US than the PAL equivalent over the ditch, there was a report from someone
    who'd attempted this conversion. It was far from straight forward and with
    something as cheap as a TV Wonder Pro, the question of "is it worth the
    trouble" is relevant.

    FYI, I've enquired about the availability of a PAL TV Wonder Pro in the UK
    and was advised they "hope to have this ready in the 1st quarter of this
    year". Although Sweden uses a different version of PAL than the UK, If the
    manufacturers keep the "Universal PAL/SECAM" capability as per All In
    Wonders, then the UK version would be usable in Sweden just by configuring
    the software/OS correctly.

    Paul Murphy, Feb 5, 2004
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