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ATI TV Wonder 650
In stores this week and immediately pulled out

In what appears to be a quick retail turnaround, ATI has issued a major nationwide recall of its ATI TV Wonder 650 graphics cards. Although details of the recall remain unclear and ATI has not issued official reasons for the recall, several readers have emailed DailyTech noting that the TV Wonder 650 cards have begun disappearing from store shelves.

Retail chains such as Best Buy were the first to take the new cards off store shelves. A few readers have emailed DailyTech claiming that ATI TV Wonder 650 was already off the store floor this morning. One DailyTech reader emailed us to claim, ATI has also asked Best Buy stores to note to customers that a "similar product [will be released] in the near future." At this time, no word has come out on what the new product actually is, or if the defective card actually made its way to customers.

The majority of the recall seems to affect Best Buy stores, where an ATI insider has noted that there is a problem with the boards. An ATI insider told DailyTech "the TV Wonder 650's have been removed and were mostly in Best Buy chains. They claimed to have 40 channels, but only about 30% to 50% of them worked." At the moment, it's also unclear whether or not more recalls will be issued in other retail chains such as Fry's Electronics.

ATI PR and official roadmaps have been talking a great deal about the TV Wonder 650, and the roadmaps indicate that the product is still on schedule. DailyTech originally covered ATI's release of the TV Wonder 650 as well as the TV Wonder 200 here. The 200 model, however, appears to be safe from recalls.

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By bobobeastie on 8/29/2006 8:54:57 AM , Rating: 2
I have one of theses cards and have been following many forums where people who made the same mistake are conversing. The problem that nearly everyone is having is that OTA HD support is non existant. The box states that an amplified antenna is needed. I bought a $40 philips antenna and it did not work.

Here is my question. I bought the card at home before I went back to college. There are no Best Buys within an hour and I don't have a car, so what will Best Buy/ATI do for me?

By Trisped on 8/29/2006 11:29:59 AM , Rating: 2
Contact ATI tech support and tell them the problem. Also have proof of some type showing that there are HD signals in your area. The ATI tech should tell you what to do.

By bobobeastie on 8/29/2006 3:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
I was already talking with them when the TItan Electronic Program Guide failed to work (worked after XP reinstall caused by removing all ATI software/drivers). The word from ATI is to suscribe to this knowledgebase article 737-23131. This is by no means a problem that only I am having. The reviewers apparently recieved cards with different chips, so they worked with OTA DTV recieving, and maybe a couple consumers recieved working cards (multiple in line amplifiers.

The standart ntsc image however is better than any other cards. You also dont have to send an audio cable into your sound card.

By carage on 8/30/2006 7:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
This kind of reminds me of when I first got my HDTVWonder.
It took ATI 3 months to come up with a patch that allowed me to get acceptable reception out of the supplied antenna that came with the box.

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