I bought a Freecom DVB-T / DVB-T&Analogue USB Stick and an new proper aerial all correctly fitted and working into my PC.
The TV pictures run spasmodically and broken, this applies to audio and video. On occasions it works well for a couple of minutes and when it does the pictures and sound are outstanding. I project everything onto a screen.
The book says I should have a Pentium 4.2 Ghz or above. My CPU reads Athlon 1.25 Ghz.
Hi, I too have the Freecom DVB-T, my cpu is 1.8Gh and it all works perfectly - I do not use the supplied aerial, mine is connected via a splitter to my main outdoor aerial. You will find that the positioning of the little black box is absolutely crucial to its proper operation. I would advise you to experiment by moving the black box around, even a few inches can make all the difference.
The PC I use for this rig is dedicated and I only use the one USB socket for the stick and that's straight into the back panel.
I understand about moving the stick around and this I will do as my next test.
Small question, in your opinion, have I got a large enough CPU at 1.25gh and is there any remote chance that this could be a problem, further, if I should change this Athlon CPU, what should I look for ?
IMHO your CPU is certainly adequate, but if you want to change probably the latest Intel might be a little bit better - but more expensive, but in any case what you already have should not cause you any problems. Personally I prefer Athlon.