How do I Find Out If I Have a TV Tuner in My Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop?

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How do I Find Out If I Have a TV Tuner in My Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop?
The Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop can be equipped with a TV tuner card that allows users to watch and record TV programming. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from Fotolia.com)

The Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop can accommodate a TV tuner card that allows the computer to be used as an all-in-one device. Dell computers come installed with various versions of Windows software that allow users to quickly verify the system configuration, including whether it has a TV tuner.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Windows Device Manager on the computer. Windows 7 and Windows Vista users can open this by clicking the Windows button at the bottom left of the screen and typing "Device Manager" in the search bar. Click "Device Manager" when it appears in the search results. Users with all other Windows versions can right-click "My Computer," then select "Properties." When the Properties window opens, click the "Hardware" tab and then select the "Device Manager" program.

  2. 2

    Locate the TV tuner card, or determine that one is not installed. If a TV tuner card is properly installed, its name will be displayed under "Display adapters." Double-click the "Display adapters" option or click the "+" sign next to it. If a TV tuner has been installed but is not working properly, it will be listed under "Unknown Devices" and should have a yellow exclamation mark next to it. If a TV tuner card is not installed, there will be no such listing under "Display adaptors."

  3. 3

    Download the TV tuner drivers if the tuner is not properly installed. You can download the drivers from the tuner manufacturer's website or from the Dell website. You also can download the drivers by using Windows Update. Windows Vista or Windows 7 users can select Windows Update by clicking the Microsoft logo, then "All Programs" and then "Windows Update." All other Windows users can download drivers from the Windows Update website, windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

  4. 4

    Check for the TV tuner in the system configuration after installing the device drivers. Open "Device Manager" and select "Display adapters." The TV tuner should now appear under this menu.

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