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How to make Vista or Windows 7 Media Center work with usb a/v input device and set top box (STB)?

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I have an EasyCap USB A/V device with svideo and yellow/white/red inputs. I have a Dish Network STB, and I want to utilize it's svideo out (and red/white for sound). However when I try to setup TV in VMC or 7MC, it tells me a tuner was not detected and won't let me proceed any further.

It seems because Vista/7 doesn't detect the EasyCap device as a "tuner", it won't let me even begin to configure the EPG and blasters. The drivers are correctly installed for the EasyCap device and it works otherwise. It seems the only reason this won't work is because it isn't an actual tuner. Since I'm using a stb-type setup, I have no need for a real (and expensive) tuner with QAM, HD, and all that jazz. Is there any way to make this work? Can VMC be forced to setup live tv with my usb device?

My HTPC is in a custom case with limited space. I do have enough room to use my motherboard's PCI-E x1 card slot (low profile only) as a last resort. MB is an Intel DG45FC. USB device is an EasyCap DVD Maker. Currently have Windows 7 installed.
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