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  # 2306302 26-Aug-2019 17:13
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Hi all, thanks for the smartvu option, looks like a good way to go, but I was thinking instead of them paying $120 for one is there any way they could access the world cup on their laptop? If so I am thinking it would be just as easy to hook their laptop to their TV via HDMI and stream it from that?

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  # 2306310 26-Aug-2019 17:21
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In theory just plugging in laptops into TV should "just work".... but sometimes it just doesnt.

 

Mirroring the screen top to TV occasionally runs into resolution issues and other fiddley issues.

 

Try it an see. (Maybe see if they can connect and run youtube on their tv as a test.)

 

Turn every thing off (TV and PC) and see if your grandparents can turn on the pc and tv.

 

Find the correct web address. Select whatever mirroring option required. Resize what ever window etc

 

If it all goes well, well maybe you have a solution.

 

 

 

(my dad no issues, my mum not a hope in heck)


 
 
 
 


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  # 2306348 26-Aug-2019 17:31
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You did not mention the laptop at all. In fact wanted a Dummies guide. The Smartvu is the dummies option.

If you plug a laptop a good option is to Extend the monitor instead of mirror.

Just be mindfull that older laptops won't have enough GPU power for HD in some cases.






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  # 2306398 26-Aug-2019 18:47
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freitasm: You did not mention the laptop at all. In fact wanted a Dummies guide. The Smartvu is the dummies option.

If you plug a laptop a good option is to Extend the monitor instead of mirror.

Just be mindfull that older laptops won't have enough GPU power for HD in some cases.


Yes sorry that was pretty stupid of me, how would they access it from their laptop? I will need to check it for an HDMI port though which I am highly doubting it has.

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David321:
freitasm: You did not mention the laptop at all. In fact wanted a Dummies guide. The Smartvu is the dummies option.

If you plug a laptop a good option is to Extend the monitor instead of mirror.

Just be mindfull that older laptops won't have enough GPU power for HD in some cases.


Yes sorry that was pretty stupid of me, how would they access it from their laptop? I will need to check it for an HDMI port though which I am highly doubting it has.

 

I feel you are making it too hard for the grandparents. They don't want to know about plugging a laptop into a TV, and making it work. Your thread implies it needs to be simple. If you get a box that is already plugged in, you do that, it has a remote, you have added the app, all they need to do is change HDMI inputs, thats on the TV remote, and it works. Off course start the app. Apple TV4, or an equivalent Android box that has the app


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  # 2307087 27-Aug-2019 22:55
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Even the box could be too complex for them. Are they too old to go to the pub?





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  # 2307091 27-Aug-2019 23:12
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https://www.spark.co.nz/getmore/in-home-setups

 

 

 

They do chch :) i can't speak to specifics around locations past there though.

 

Seems like a good option to make it easy though...





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  # 2307128 28-Aug-2019 09:02
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Zeon:

 

Even the box could be too complex for them. Are they too old to go to the pub?

 

 

They can turn on a TV. If they have to be told to also turn on the box, and to change HDMI settings on the TV remote, thats not hard. Start the app, also not hard


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