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I'm posting this from my desktop computer, as my laptop is currently out of commission.
It's gotta be something with the first bit of storage space, as for the last week it's taken a whole minute or so to load the operating system selection menu.

Anyway, now it takes less than fifteen seconds to come up with a "Read Error", so I'm currently doing what I can to attempt to fix it.

I could spend about $90 to buy a new 160GB drive, but that would leave all the other problems this laptop is having.
(which includes vertical coloured lines on the LCD display and the keys not necessarily cooperating all the time either)

The best (but most expensive option) would be to buy a whole new laptop, but I won't be able to afford that for quite a while.
After all, this laptop is at least eight years old...
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When I headed off to pick up a new SD card for my new Android tablet (more info on that later), I stopped in at the nearby used computer hardware store to see what they had.

Apparently, it was a good thing I popped in.
They had two video capture cards, one was a Philips' LifeView tuner card, and the other a rather large one by Canopus.

Further research into the Canopus card revealed that it was originally rather expensive, $599 for the card and $499 for the hardware video encoder board added on, for a total of around $1100 when it was new back in 2004.

However, since I can't figure out what cables to use for the Canopus card, I'm currently trying out the Philips tuner card.

Merely viewing the input data is quite easy, but trying to record from the card could be rather tricky, as most tutorials for recording stuff are using very outdated versions of the software I have, which (strangely enough) means that the current user interface is missing several of the options that were required for working with tuner cards.

Unfortunately, I'm starting to get a headache trying to figure out how each program is supposed to work with regards to video capture.
Everybody does things differently, and EVERYONE requires me to know far, far more than I already do.

The part that's really, really annoying is that almost every piece of software I want to use for recording the video stream requires textural input for configuring the tv tuner card.
Nobody (that I've found so far, anyway) has provided a graphical method for configuring and capturing the video stream.

I'm going to take a break, but I'm going to keep on trying, as I want to preserve my Wayne and Shuster collection.
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Recently I've obtained (or will obtain) two new items (one of which is new to me).

The first item I received was a Toshiba Satellite M60, obtained from my great-aunt who'd received it from my late great-uncle who'd died a couple of years ago.

I have to say that despite the fact that it has about the same specs as my current laptop, I'm going to be very happy with this one, especially with the keyboard (it actually has a number pad on the side!) and accessories, such as a built-in SD-card reader, a CardBus slot, a PCMCIA slot, built-in wireless network card, Harman/Kardon speakers, and an 80GB hard drive.

I'm going to be very happy with this, once I get a copy of Linux installed on it...

The second item I'll be getting is an LCD display from robotshop.ca that I'll be able to connect to my Arduino board and will be able to use it to display text and possibly graphics.
(I think it's the hardware hacker in me trying to express itself)

It should arrive this Monday, and once I get home from class, I'll probably be rather busy playing around with it... =^.^=

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