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Miracast question

Hi all
I am trying to use Miracast for my LG TV. I was actually able to connect it through the screen share feature. However, all I am getting is my desktop wallpaper with the task bar below. The shortcuts are nowhere to be seen and I am unable to open any windows. It's just a static image. I am able to move my mouse (or the remote operating as the mouse) but it does nothing when I click on things.
Oddly, it opens windows on my actual PC, but not in the TV itself.

Any idea how to make the TV display my PC screen in any usable way before I give up and just hook it via HDMI?

I have Windows 10, if it matters.

Thank you!

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Always supply the exact model number of the TV.

There are a lot of reasons for this to fail from the TV just doesn't do this to a firewall in the router.

But I see something off in your post. That is, the TV remote should not do a thing. That is, I know of a LG with a mouse remote and the mouse cursor will show but nothing should happen on the PC side. That's expected.

The no desktop icons may be telling us the PC is extending the desktop. I can't know your level of Windows expertise so I may not offer enough or too much. So try moving the PC mouse off the screen left, right, up and down and see if it shows on the TV.

Miracast is usually a dead end for most as you try to play a game or video there.

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Model is 43LH600Y

I'll try and be more specific:

When I turn the screen share on, I get this pink dot in the middle of the mirrored desktop - that is the "mouse" cursor from the remote. I play around with it, trying to open windows from the taskbar (i.e, clicking on them), but nothing happens.

Then I go to the actual mouse of the computer and start to play around with it. At that point the pink cursor disappears and becomes a large arrow that corresponds to the mouse of the computer. But it doesn't change anything, I still cannot perform any actions on the mirrored desktop other than moving the cursor around.

And then something even more odd happens. The cursor disappears from the computer screen altogether (i.e, I can only see it on the TV), but the actual windows are opening in the computer itself. So on the TV I just click on empty space... and something will happen in the computer.

So.. something's ain't right. It is supposed to be a feature that makes it easier for you, but it doesn't seem to work properly and I have no idea why.

Perhaps it will work better if I connect it to the smartphone? I haven't tried yet.

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That ain't right.

I agree. Reading this:
"When I turn the screen share on, I get this pink dot in the middle of the mirrored desktop - that is the "mouse" cursor from the remote. I play around with it, trying to open windows from the taskbar (i.e, clicking on them), but nothing happens."

That's the TV's cursor and is not going to do a thing on PC or smart phone.

When you try moving the PC mouse and it's on the TV screen try a right click to see if it's working.

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Yes, I right click on it...

...and I get a menu, but that's about it. The PC, as mirrored on the TV, stays static for the most part. I can't open windows. I can't launch the browser.

Even if I had the browser open on my PC, when I connect the TV, I still only get the desktop...

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That's a good sign.

OK, my bet is your PC extended the desktop. So to get a browser on the second screen, open a browser and the drag it left or right onto the second screen with the PC's mouse.

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Okay, I got it

Dragged the window across the PC monitor and it appeared on the TV. Happy It's challenging sometimes because the mouse cursor appears and disappears intermittently on my PC when the devices are connected, but it seems to be working... kind of.

Thanks for your help!

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Thanks for the update.

And sorry about using small steps to get it working. If I piled it all on in the first reply I could inadvertently misled folk that it works and the model really doesn't do this. So we take it slow.

And hope to get there.

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