mirroring

Are third party download sites safe?

Episode 1325

Mike from Fountain, CO

Mike says that Carbonite has created a new service for an additional $10 for mirror imaging. It's a great value. Leo agrees. Being able to restore from an off site image can be beneficial no matter where he is.

Mike downloaded an app from Downloads.com and now he keeps getting other apps added. Leo says that's why he should never, ever download from a third party site because they always add other stuff. It's how they make money and Leo says it's akin to malware.

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Why can't I show stuff from my computer on my TV?

Episode 1230

Richard from Orange County, CA

Richard wants to play content on his TV from his computer. But all he can see on his TV is the wallpaper. The TV screen will go black if he tries to play a movie. Leo says that's likely HDCP copy protection. Everything in the chain has to be HDCP compliant including TV, Cable, and the computer. So there's probably something in his chain that isn't.

It could also be a display issue. Richard should go into his settings and make sure that Mirroring is enabled, and make sure his display isn't extended. If he still gets a black screen, then it's a copy protection issue.

How can I connect my laptop to my TV?

HDTV

Episode 1176

Ed from Twentynine Palms, CA

Ed would like to connect his Windows laptop to a 40" TV. Leo says that if the monitor has an HDMI connector, and his laptop has HDMI, he's golden. He may need to go into his display settings to mirror the image out through HDMI to the monitor. That way it's sending it out.

If he's on a later version of Windows, the key stroke is + P. If he's changed the settings and the TV doesn't adjust, he should try unplugging the port to the TV and plug it back in. That will reset it so the TV will read it. He may also need to change his resolution to a lower setting.

How can I mirror to my TV with my Note 2?

Episode 1097

Eric from Torrance, CA

Eric mirrors his Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to his HDTV via NetGear. But if he roots it, it won't work. Are there any alternatives to the NetGear? Scott says that's a black art, but he could mirror to his laptop and then HDMI. The chatroom says that the laptop has to be running Chrome for that to happen. The chatroom also says the Google Chromecast won't mirror just yet. Eric could connect it via an MHL cable and then run it that way. Scott says that's "so 20th century." But there is a way and it also fits in his pocket, so as long as the TV has HDMI, he's good to go.

How can I provide a touch screen interface for customers?

Apple iPad Air

Episode 1094

Kenny from San Diego, CA

Kenny has a Mac Mini set up as his front desk. When people walk in, he shows people the tours he offers, since he owns a tour company. He has the Mac Mini connected to two monitors set up to mirror each other. He's wondering if there's an easy way to turn mirroring off when customers aren't there. Leo says he just has to change it in the display settings, and then he'll have an extended desktop with those two monitors, and he can drag things from one screen to the other.