I recently wanted to try out a new High-Definition tuner for my computer, and CompUSA had one on sale. The Hauppauge WinTV-HRV-950 was pretty new, but had some good reviews. Basically, all I wanted to do was see how it looked on a computer, and how many Over The Air (OTA) channels I could get.
Ended up installing it on my laptop and both of my desktops, and wasn’t too impressed. Software was very 1999-ish, and the picture quality seemed OK. Most importantly, I didn’t pick up any extra TV channels, so I was finished with it. It’ll be listed on eBay pretty soon.
Anyway, I uninstalled all of the Hauppauge software that was in the Add/Remove Programs section of my control panel. On each of my computers, I still had an item in my System Tray (down by the clock) that said BDA TV Monitor.
Did some Google searches for BDA TV Monitor, but didn’t find anything about removing it from my system tray, and others wondered the same thing.
Turns out there is a program on the CD-ROM that came with the HVR-950 which will get rid of the BDA TV Monitor application. Drop the yellow CD into your computer, navigate to your CD-ROM drive, and look for the file that says “hcwclear.exe”. Double-click on that, and select OK at the next screen. Once the black box disappears, restart your computer, and the BDA TV Monitor software will be gone from your system tray, as well as any other Hauppauge software that didn’t get installed.
// // Why don’t software and hardware manufacturers allow uninstalls for all of their software using the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel? Or at least copy that HCWCLEAR.EXE program to my computer and put it in the Programs section so I see it and try running it.
I don’t see myself recommending any Hauppauge hardware for quite a while…
1/3/07 EDIT: If you’re looking for the HCWCLEAR.EXE file, you can find it here:
http://hauppauge.lightpath.net/software/utils/hcwclear.exeI found the link here:
1/14/07 EDIT: Based on a recent post in the BeyondTV forums, where I linked to this hint, I just wanted to make it clear that this is only to remove the Hauppauge software and drivers, not any of the BeyondTV software. I thought it was clear in the original post, but if you’re like me and decided against the TV tuner addition to your computer, running the HWCLEAR.exe file will/should remove all traces of the Hauppauge software from your computer.