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Turn Your PC Into a TV and More

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, June 3, 1999

Turn your PC into a TV and a whole lot more. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. The buzz word is convergence. Cable boxes that you hook up to your TV set are becoming computers and computers can replace your cable box. If you already have a PC one of the best ways to turn it into a multimedia powerhouse is with a card called the All in Wonder 128 from ATI Technologies...

"It's a one card, do all solution. So, one card you put in your computer, that does 2D and 3D graphics, video input, video output, TV tuner. And what's new with the All in Wonder 128 is it's using our latest Rage 128 graphics with 16 megabytes of memory and it also does real time MPEG 1 and MPEG2 video encoding."

Adding a new video card is usually pretty simple. You need to know, before you buy whether your machine has what is called an accelerated graphics port or AGP slot, or whether you need to buy a PCI version of the card. With the All in Wonder 128, you'll want to move the computer out of the office or bedroom and into the family room...

"The All in Wonder allows your computer to connect, both input and output to all your video appliances. So your laser disc player, your DVD player, your camcorder, your VCR, your television...they're all now connected to your computer through the All in Wonder 128."

And a new adapter lets you make all your connections without having to reach around in back of your PC. You can find more information at atitech.com.