All I wanted was a simple way I could record my 40 or so old VHS tapes into MPEG2 video for writing to DVD. After another 4 hours trying to get the Hauppauge PVR card up and running I gave up and went to buy a new motherboard. A7V8X looked like a nice board, felt like a nice board, but also didn't work right with the PVR card. So I think it's time to return the PVR card and wait for some more mature technology to come along (and ideally something that worked with the videolan Linux stuff).
PCWorld stores may be 15-20% more expensive than buying on line but theres nothing like being able to look at something and easily take it back!
Joined EFF. Should have done this years ago.