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Control TV with my computer

by BlazeEagle / September 6, 2006 3:45 PM PDT

Is there any way to control my TV with my laptop? I'm looking for an on-screen mouse controlled TV remote control.

Free is preferable, but an inexpensive option would acceptable. My OS is Windows XP.

An wireless option would be ideal, but a wired option is

I ask this because I'm disabled&a trackball is my only way to operate my PC.

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(NT) (NT) The word in google is IRBLASTER
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2006 9:45 PM PDT
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A question...
by BlazeEagle / September 9, 2006 1:37 PM PDT

Does "IRBLASTER" let me use my laptop as a TV remote control?

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A clarification...
by BlazeEagle / September 14, 2006 4:45 PM PDT

The site says IR Blaster is discontinued. Unless I'm somehow confused, It doesn't seem to do what I want anyway.

I want to use my laptop as a TV remote control, NOT watch TV on my laptop.

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Odd. Find some other site then.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2006 9:45 PM PDT
In reply to: A clarification...

Still out there.

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there are ways..
by sirroundsound / September 14, 2006 11:06 PM PDT

Not sure about using a laptop, but there are "TV" type cards for computers that allow you to watch TV through a computer. With the right output jack this signal could then be watched on any regular TV. Today we have Media PC's in various forms and shapes, I would have to guess that with the right set up and configuration you certainly should be able to do what you are requesting.
Only issue is that this technology does not come cheap.
Look here for an example

There is a site

that might have other information that might help you. I also believe there is software for computers to enable them to be come a "remote control" and as laptops often have an I/R blaster on them, there may very well be another less expensive way to deal with this.
Good luck

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