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Trying to stream from my laptop to TV without success

by Coupe789 / December 28, 2013 7:56 AM PST

I just bought a new Panasonic Plasma TV (TXP42ST60) which I am very happy with. I am trying to connect my 2009 Dell Inspiron Laptop to the TV so I can stream TV that I can not get from my Belgian cable provider. I am using a VGA to HDMI converter (since my laptop has no HDMI port). I have attached this to HDMI 2 port on the TV. I have also adjusted the settings on my PC, to display on the second monitor (the TV). However when I switch to the HDMI 2 Input on the TV, there is nothing, there is no signal at all. So I am not really sure where I am going wrong, can anybody give me some advice ? Thanks a lot !

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I've yet to see VGA to HDMI convertors that work well.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 8:24 AM PST
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Trying to stream from my laptop to TV without success
by Coupe789 / December 28, 2013 10:19 AM PST

Thanks for your feedback Bob. I don't have any other Laptop at the moment. Do you think this VGA to HDMI issue is the problem ? I thought that worked OK, and that I would just have to buy some audio leads for the sound. I am using the HDMI 2 jack on the TV, and then press Input HDMI 2 on the TV remote control. BUT the signal from the Laptop is not HDMI ! So maybe I should be using the AV jacks on the TV if that is possible and then select AV 2 - component on the remote control ? (Is it possible to get a VGA to AV connector ?) If this is not the problem I must be going wrong somewhere else, either with the monitor settings or some simple button on the Laptop or the TV that I don't know I have to press !

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Keep in mind
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2013 6:35 AM PST

Folk only show me convertors that don't work. And we see thousands of "cables" that are definitely never going to work.

Google up the VeeBeam for another idea.

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DLNA server ?
by Coupe789 / January 4, 2014 2:57 AM PST
In reply to: Keep in mind

Is the problem maybe that I have to download a DLNA server to my Laptop, and use the Media server on my TV for this, or is this not applicable if just want to use my TV as a monitor ? Or do I have to change the graphic card settings on my Laptop ?

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No to changing settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2014 3:02 AM PST
In reply to: DLNA server ?

Again, I see so many "cables" and convertors sold to folk that just don't work. If you can't get the seller to support it, I can't either as it's too likely it's yet another rip off.

I noted the VeeBeam for you to look at as it would let you use the TV as a display but them you ask again. I'm unsure if I could offer more but the VeeBeam has a model where you plug the USB wireless transmitter into the PC (this is not WiFi!!!) and then the VeeBeam receiver to the HDTV.

Your screen then goes to the TV. This is no good for games as there is a lag but for movies and more seems fine.

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