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For the first time since I can remember, I feel stumped by a tech issue and I stubbornly, selfishly refuse to believe that the answer is "buy something more expensive" so I'm just after some assistance if possible.

Basically, I've got a 4TB portable hard drive (so it's powered by the system it is plugged into) and it's full of video files that I'd like to watch on TV,

My TV is well over ten years old, so the USB ports on the back don't do much save for power my Chromecast. I plug the hard drive in and no source appears on the list. So that's option one gone.

I've got a PS4 plugged into that TV and for that to work I'll have to convert my hard drive to exFAT (a lot of the video files are well over 4gb so FAT32 is out of the question). My laptop hard drive is only 400gb, and the portable drive is nearly full so that's shagged any chance of just transferring the files over whilst I format the drive.

I've Googled and searched this topic high and low, and all the answers assume you have a modern TV or have already formatted the portable drive to exFAT. Is my only option to just buy a new TV or is there some sort of work around or sneaky third-party device that I can use? I could just plug my laptop into the HDMI slot of the TV but that kinda defeats the purpose of having a portable hard drive.

Thanks in advance for any help and assistance. Cheers!

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11 minutes ago, Accident Prone said:

My TV is well over ten years old, so the USB ports on the back don't do much save for power my Chromecast...

Can't you just cast the video from the laptop to the Chromecast, either from a Chrome tab or from using something like Plex?

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2 hours ago, johnnyboy said:

Can't you just cast the video from the laptop to the Chromecast, either from a Chrome tab or from using something like Plex?

Yeah that thought did cross my mind but my laptop is basically chained up in the upstairs home office for WFH, so I thought having this small portable hard drive would be easier to plug and play into the TV/games console.

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7 hours ago, Accident Prone said:

Yeah that thought did cross my mind but my laptop is basically chained up in the upstairs home office for WFH...

Plex should run as a media server type application with the drive hooked up to the laptop, you can then use your phone/tablet etc as a remote.

How well that would work depends on how fast your laptop is, how good the networking in your house is, and what else you're doing on it.  If you're running gene sequences on it then I probably wouldn't use it run Plex.

Actually... I'm sure PS4 can act as DLNA (plays content off a network) media player (PS3 definitely could) so you could just share the media library of the laptop/devices connected to the laptop with windows media player.  Whack PS4 DLNA and Window Media Player library streaming into Google and it should pretty quickly become obvious if it's supported.

Otherwise you might need something else.

 

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Anyone got an OLED TV? I'm looking into getting one but hearing about screen burn and slight lag for gaming on the one I'm looking at.

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10 minutes ago, Weezenal said:

Anyone got an OLED TV? I'm looking into getting one but hearing about screen burn and slight lag for gaming on the one I'm looking at.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/oled-screen-burn-in-what-you-need-to-know-now/

Thats a decent shout on what to consider, it seems to affect long term channel watching.

On a different note I just upgraded the house to the tado system. It was super simple to set up and seems to work really well. The only draw back is they want £25 to auto geo fence it. It still send a notification if both the mrs and me are out telling us to set it to away so i dont think i will bother paying up.  

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Got myself a 3d printer.  Ender 3 Pro.  Took most of yesterday afternoon to build it, only to find it had beem shipped with a Eu plug.  Bastards.  Ordered a new plug from Amazon prime, and hit it working today.

Took about 40 minutes to level it, and off it went.  Really pleased with the quality.

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On 7/23/2020 at 3:13 PM, Accident Prone said:

Thanks @johnnyboy, I'll look into this over the weekend. Fingers crossed!

I'm going to tag him again which will annoy him but @johnnyboy's advice was excellent; Plex works a treat! I'll probably sign-up for the premium plan too so I can download videos to my phone. Thanks again! 

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So I'm looking to buy a new TV, but I'm getting stuck. Like stuck at the first hurdle. I don't even know how much I should be looking to spend. I've got £500 or so set aside, but I'm also not in a huge rush which leaves me wondering if I'm better saving for longer and going to the next tier up? 
It's not a huge room, we're only about 10 feet away from the TV, but we're also reclusive nerds who spend a fair bit of time gaming and watching films. I guess I'm aiming for a home cinema, but that seems to just lead me down an even more daunting and confusing rabbit hole. Soundbars, 2.1, 5.1, projector or screen...? I'm just lost and worried about blowing a fair chunk of cash on something that's not quite right. Any help?

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Just remember that the single best "smart" feature you can buy on a TV is "more HDMI sockets." Don't rely on any built-in apps/streaming services/whatever that could be switched off or unsupported at any time.

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5 hours ago, CoreyVandal said:

So I'm looking to buy a new TV, but I'm getting stuck. Like stuck at the first hurdle. I don't even know how much I should be looking to spend. I've got £500 or so set aside, but I'm also not in a huge rush which leaves me wondering if I'm better saving for longer and going to the next tier up? 
It's not a huge room, we're only about 10 feet away from the TV, but we're also reclusive nerds who spend a fair bit of time gaming and watching films. I guess I'm aiming for a home cinema, but that seems to just lead me down an even more daunting and confusing rabbit hole. Soundbars, 2.1, 5.1, projector or screen...? I'm just lost and worried about blowing a fair chunk of cash on something that's not quite right. Any help?

5.1 sound bar that uses 2 separate speakers for surround will give you the best sound. I don’t trust the bars that attempt to fire sound to places.  Of course if you want to go further down the rabbit hole a 5.1 av system is another option but then your into running cables and wires 

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My desktop pc is dead, no power at all. Tried it in a different socket and with a different power cable. Is the power supply to blame? How easy is it to replace? 

It's been making a loud noise from a fan off and on for a while. 

The current hdd has vista on it, how could I use this if I put it into a new desktop? 

I'm really gutted

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It could well be the PSU, but it could also be a number of other things. It's extremely hard to diagnose such a problem remotely. Can you open the tower? Does anything happen inside when you plug it in? Are there any lights on or any movement? Is there a wire that looks like it should be plugged in somewhere? Is there anything blocking fan movement?

And Vista?? Honestly? You've been suffering needlessly.

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