A Home Entertainment Riddle

August 16, 2012 at 18:24:44
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
Hi I have a problem that may have several "right" answers.

Here is my situation:

I currently want to set up streaming from my computer to both of my TV's with HDMI. I want the cheapest / best solution to stream videos from my main computer these TVs. One TV is close to my computer the other is not.

Here is what I am working with:
- Computer on Win 7 with no HDMI outlet just 2 DVI to my 2 Monitors
- Xbox 360 without a wireless adapter
- Laptop with HDMI
- 802.11n router.

Here is what I have set up for now:

- (Close tv) Xbox connected to my computer via Ethernet connected to my tv with HDMI cable. Using Windows Media Extender.
- (Far tv) Laptop connected via HDMI to my TV and getting files using a drag and drop remote desktop program (I had no idea how to set up super simple file sharing scenario with homegroup..

Some ideas of mine:
Get a splitter
Upgrade my graphics card
Get wireless adapter for xbox
Use some kind of box with hdmi to connect to my tv.

I'm going for the least expensive option. In the living room it is nice to use my desktop to select videos but in the bedroom it would be nice to use my xbox as a controller in bed. Thank you :)

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August 16, 2012 at 19:02:46
If the desktop uses Windows 7 Pro or higher you could do a full remote desktop connection to it, and actually see the computer screen of the desktop on the laptop. You can get video cards with dual HDMI outputs, but they aren't very cheap. What are the specs of the desktop?

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August 17, 2012 at 00:20:14
Yeah I'm actually using Team Viewer. The trouble is that both of my TVs makes a popping noise when I connect the laptop via HDMI cable. I tried updating drivers etc and googling the s--- out of the problem. No luck.

Seems like I'm going to have to put the xbox 360 in the bedroom and buy a wifi adapter and connect my tv via some sort of splitter. Yeah I wish I could just have an HDMI PCI card but doesn't seem like those exist.

Window 7 Ultimate 64bit
ASRock A780GXE/128M
QuadCore AMD Phenom X4 Black Edition 9950, 2600 MHz (13 x 200)
PCI Express 2.0 x16: BFG GeForce GTX 260
Dual Monitor


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August 17, 2012 at 07:01:17
I would think that you could upgrade the desktop to a video card with a HDMI output. Just then you would need a LOOONG cable. What exactly are you trying to do with the XBOX? You never mentioned your intentions.

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September 7, 2012 at 20:45:18
Hey! Sorry I never saw your reply. Yeah I would like to do that buy I already have a video card and buying another video card would be redundant and semi expensive. I'm just trying to set up a entertainment system - stream movies to my TV. :) thanks

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September 8, 2012 at 10:59:47
Not necessarily expensive: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-...

Just you'd have to hook up one of your monitors using VGA.

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