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I want to stream media from my computer tower (located directly next to my television) to my HDTV. The problem is this...I am currently running dual monitors and the 2 slots that come out of the back of my graphics card are taken up (one slot for each monitor). I used to have an HD cable running from my tower to my TV when I ran one monitor...but I don't want to sacrifice dual monitor viewing. Is there another option, for instance is there some sort of 2 to 1 adapter I can plug into one of the tower slots that will allow a monitor plug in as well as a tower to TV cable?

Basically, the two slots that are HD capable in the back of my computer tower are occupied and I don't want to sacrifice dual-monitors. How can I run HD from my tower to HDTV to have my TV show whatever is on the computer monitor?
I currently have win xp but this shouldnt matter

Thanks.
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I'd look into a Y adapter if there is such a thing.
 
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Your best bet would be an hdmi switch Link a cheap one will run you around ten bucks
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So basically if i want to use 2 monitors and stream from pc to TV the easiest way is with a cable as it seems? So how exactly does this HDMI switch work? Is it as simple as switching from side to side and activating what I need? Thanks for the link and help so far!
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So basically if i want to use 2 monitors and stream from pc to TV the easiest way is with a cable as it seems? So how exactly does this HDMI switch work? Is it as simple as switching from side to side and activating what I need? Thanks for the link and help so far!
The way I see it working in my head is, the one input that you see in the picture would go to the gpu. Then output 1 would go to the secondary monitor, and output 2 would go to the TV. You should just have to press the button to switch from one or the other.
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If you TV supports DLNA you could use that.
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post #7 of 34
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Well there are 3 "in" and 1 "out". Does this device require direct connection to my gpu? If so..I would assume the "out" slot would be from the switcher to one of the gpu slots? I can then have the other gpu slot dedicated to the main monitor and then one of the "in" device slots could go to the TV?

These seems like its the beginning of a solution but still confusing
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If you TV supports DLNA you could use that.

Not sure off the top of my head..my HDTV was one of the first things I bought out of Highschool and I purchased it late 2006 or late 2007 so its a bit older...what exactly is DLNA?
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Not sure off the top of my head..my HDTV was one of the first things I bought out of Highschool and I purchased it late 2006 or late 2007 so its a bit older...what exactly is DLNA?

There is a DLNA product search, "Link" Just search via model number or brand name

If you want to know what DLNA is, you can read this wiki article about it "Link"

That said it is only a ten dollar device, so if it wont work for you, atleast it wont be to big of a hit to your wallet.
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