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Control Windows Media Player Over Wireless Network

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Hi, I have a desktop computer in my room which is linked to a fairly decent speaker system and I use it to play my MP3s through. I use Windows Media Player 10 to do this (although I could use a different media player if it helps). I also have a laptop which has the same Windows Media Player 10 on. What I want to be able to do is control the windows media player on my desktop pc from my laptop. The two computers are networked through a Belkin Wireless g router. Please do not suggest using a remote control or buying a Pocket PC as I do not want to do this. I actually have a wireless keyboard (The very expensive 100quid Logitech one) which I could use but i want to control the Windows Media player from another room (for one reason and another) so I would not be able to see what I am doing. 125 Points up for grabs here. Please Help!!

Thankyou In Advance

Stewart
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by:Yan_west
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You could be using this wireless soundblaster system:

http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=207&product=9192

Btw, don't look at the price on the website, you can get it alot cheaper in stores, or on the internet.
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by:kinobestew123
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Yan west, this is a very interesting product although it does present a few problems, first of all, I live in the UK and you know what the prices of things are like in England. We get ripped off on everything. Also, this product takes the MP3's off my PC and plays them in any room of my house, I want to do the opposite, be in any room and have have control of the audio in that one room. I cant be bothered to start moving this box around.

I would really like to be able to use my laptop to do this as it is only 3 days old and I cant think of any use for it, this would be a very interesting thing to be able to do and I'm sure more people would like to know how to do it.
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by:Yan_west
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Then you have no choice, you'll have to log in to your second computer via remote desktop (supported natively under XP), and play your file remotly.. (be sure to check the option to play the sound on the original computer)..
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Oh, there is something else too, there is a free 30 days trial..

http://www.audiotx.com/communicator_sales_faq.html
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by:Yan_west
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it is very expensive.. lol.. but it would work out I guess...

Here is a post on expert exchange that someone who used it sucessfuly:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21112226.html
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by:kinobestew123
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That remote desktop sounds good, that would mean I would be able to completly control my desktop pc from anywhere in my house, right? You dont happen to know any completly free (and good) remote desktop software do you?

Thankyou Again
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by:Yan_west
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If you are running, under windows XP, it is integrated! completly free.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/remoteintro.mspx
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by:kinobestew123
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Damn! I was just getting really exited when you said it is free if you have WindowsXP, I followed that link i found that so unfortunatly, you gotta have Windows XP Professional on the 'host' computer. I only have Windows XP home so i cannot use it. Any more suggestions on how I could control my computer remotely for free??

You must me so close to the perfect answer, lol.
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You can also use TightVNC wich is completly free.. and does the same thing.. and works under any OS

http://www.tightvnc.com
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btw, you have to install it to both computer to be able to connect between each of them..
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by:kinobestew123
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ok ,thanks a lot, im just trying it out now, i will issue you with your well deserved 125 points once it is up and running.

Thanks again
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by:kinobestew123
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I've installed the server part on my Desktop and the viewer part on my Laptop, the Server part is running on the desktop too but when I open the viewer on my laptop and it asks me to select which server to use, nothing is in the drop down menu, can you help?
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by:kinobestew123
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I figured it out and it is now working. Thankyou very much ,you really are an Expert, lol. Your 125 points are very well deserved and I should really give more but I dont have that many and if I ever need to ask another question, I want to be able to ask one. But still, you deserve them
Thankyou again

Stewart
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My pleasure! Glad I could help..
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