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here, at our office, we use have a hdmi cable that comes from the TV to the meeting table. But currently, the laptop that it is available doesn't have a hdmi port. That way, we use a adapter and it doesn't work that well. My question is if I can use an Apple TV with that laptop to stream the content that we need to?


asked Jul 23 '12 at 17:18

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It depends on if the laptop has any display inputs. Most display connections on laptops are outputs, so more than likely the answer to your question is no. Why would you want to use an apple tv with a laptop anyway? Dosent that kind of defeat the purpose of having a set top box so you dont have to connect a computer to your tv? :)

answered Jul 23 '12 at 17:32

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My problem is that the adpater HDMI to VGA that I bought doesn't work that well. So then I figured that maybe I would be able to use Airplay and AppleTV.

answered Jul 23 '12 at 18:25

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Air play is only available in OS X Mountain Lion so no it wouldn't work unfortunately.

answered Jul 23 '12 at 18:35

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I'm assuming you mean something like Airplay mirroring on OS X Mountain Lion? If so, that isn't possible from Windows since it's only available for OS X. What do you need to do with the TV? Depending on what you need to do, could you achieve the same thing by showing screenshots on the TV? If so, you can show the photos on the TV with Airplay but I don't think you can do that from a Windows PC (only from an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad).

Does the TV have a VGA port? If it does, you could just plug a cable straight from the VGA on the laptop to the VGA on the TV and it would give a better image.

answered Jul 23 '12 at 20:50

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I'm pretty sure you can use photo folders from a Windows PC. I use photo folders from my Mac.

If you've got a newer iDevice you could even use AirPlay to mirror the screen if you wanted.

(Jul 23 '12 at 21:27) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

The TV has a VGA port, but the cable is through the ground, and we can't change it. So now I'm using a HDMI to VGA adapter, and then my screen is blueish. Sometimes it will work fine after 30 minutes, but sometimes just stays blue. It shows the imagem, but everything a little blue. I have a Macbook Pro, but that is my personal computer. Our problem is with our meeting room. I gess I will have to buy a computer with a HDMI port.

answered Jul 24 '12 at 08:27

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Another option would be getting an external video card (USB) that has HDMI out on it. Something like this should work: http://www.amazon.com/HDE-Multi-Display-Adapter-External-Video/dp/B0010X2FDQ/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343137926&sr=1-10&keywords=usb+hdmi+video+card

In the link above, it basically just plugs into your USB port and gives you a DVI port on the box. Then it comes with a DVI to HDMI adapter (which should work much better than VGA to HDMI because they're both digital signals). This option would be much cheaper than buying a new laptop.

(Jul 24 '12 at 09:55) lhamil64 lhamil64's gravatar image

Actually there is a way to display windows pc to apple tv. Just download this windows desktop called Airparrot and you can stream your windows pc to apple tv. hope it helps.

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answered Mar 24 '13 at 02:06

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