Non USB tv

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    In the conservatory we have a big television
    It has not got a USB port on it
    That means ( for instance ) I cannot hook up any of our hard drives with films on them

    I know dongles like Chromecast etc plug in to the HDMI socket and note that they have a USB socket on them.. Which I presume is used to supply power to the dongle ?

    Is there anything I can get that will allow me to plug USB drives etc in to them which I can then in turn plug in to the telly

    The TV in question is a 54" Samsung that has all the usual sockets apart from USB
    It was bought just before USB became de rigueur
     
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    that is correct.. it is USB powered, the Chromecast also comes with a 240v power adapter
     
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    So the Chromecast has a USB socket AND another socket for the PSU ?
    None of the info I have found has been any help at all !!
     
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    it has a USB socket that can be powered from the telly or the supplied power pack

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    Plugs into the HDMI. There is a USB cable on the other end to plug into a USB Power Source, either from Tv or a Mains USB Supply.
     
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    Yessss.. pretty much what I thought.. So no way to plug in a USB drive then..

    In all honesty I think I am proly chasing fairies.. I doubt there is anything or any way I can do what I need to do..

    I just thought there would be something out there that I could use but it seems not
     
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    You will need some kind of converter which is what the media player does.

    The HDMi point on the TV is passive - it can only see a signal being fed in

    You should be able to get up and running for 20 quid or so.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/hdmi-media-player
     
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    I assume it has a network connection either wired or WiFi, you should be able to connect to your network and view films from any PC. Can be a bit awkward to set up, our Sony will only connect to PC with MS media player and you have to enable certain settings in media player. A quick Google usually sorts it out.
     
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    Pm me your address, I'll send you something which should do the job.
     
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    BwB, pm duly sent :)
    Thanks to one and all for your help and input :)
     
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    Raspberry Pi will do it for under £30, needs a bit of effort. It's native output is HDMI, it has USB inputs and there is a standard download of a media centre you can load on it.
     
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    Lookup mx pro on eBay if not already sorted.
    Will turn TV into a smart Tele via Kodi app (needs WiFi or Ethernet for the web ) and plays USB devices.
    Hth‘s someone.
     
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