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Old 06-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #1  
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Default Media center won't allow laptop output to HDTV (hdcp)

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Does anyone have experience running windows 7 media center on an old laptop (2003) and output to a HDTV? I can watch live tv on my laptop screen but not output to my HDTV. The message is something like "hdcp not compatible... Please try VGA output"

My laptop does not have a hdmi port so I use a dvi to hdmi cable to hookup to my HDTV. With this setup, I can watch media center recorded tv shows on my HDTV but not live tv streaming. I have tried minimizing and maximizing the screen but results were the same.

I ran that digital cable advisor program and it was fine (output to HDTV).

Any idea?

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:07 PM   #2  
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I was having the same issues with a desktop PC that had a nvidia 8500GT card in it. I switched to a newer 210 card and the issue went away. Seems like the newer cards work with media center better.

Now I understand you are pretty much stuck with what you have on the laptop. Does the laptop also output VGA on the DVI port? Some do and use a DVI to VGA adapter. Then if the HDTV has a PC input, you could hook up the VGA.

Also monoprice.com has several converters available that are HDCP compliant. Maybe a DVI/HDMI to component converter so you can hook up to the HDTV's component inputs.
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