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Hi,

One of my customers has a PC that broadcasts slideshows to four tv’s.

The TV’s are hard wired with a VGA cable running through the walls.

The PC died (well it’s overheating and shutting off) and I’ve been asked to provide a new solution for them.  They are moving to a new location and would rather not run wires again if they don’t need to.

My initial idea was to use Google ChromeCast since I can create video’s that I can play, but even though the command line parameter for Google Chrome is quite extensive, it doesn’t give me the option of launching something using a command line, and I want this to be minimal user interaction.

So… I need either help with getting four ChromeCast devices working on one PC, a different wireless solution suggested or maybe no such thing exist.

Thanks in advance!

~j
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Hi funch, maybe not directly what you want, but here is a tip - if the content which is presented on TVs is not changed very often you can just use TVs with USB ports and use one USB stick for each TV and play the multimedia content from it (it will be easy to manage and all you need is one remote control to play/stop/turnon and off)

Another, but technically more complicated, solution could be to use wireless adapters on each TV and stream from source PC using DLNA
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Hello HelpFinder...

So first off, the content NEVER changes, however, what they are showing on the screens are grouped into subjects which I guess they could stay depending on the way the TV reads the USB or memory stick.

I have several wireless adapters at home (favorite being my Boxee) and they work great, but it seems slight overkill to use that and then you'll loose the central control you'd have with ChromeCast.

And of course they want to go cheap, and the Boxee (if you can even still get it) is around $150, and I'll need four of them.  Do you know of cheaper devices?   I could just let them play on a giant loop even when the TV is off.

Thanks
~j
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Darr247.

Sorry for the delay...

It's an old computer with windows XP and a program to display on each screen,

TV's are of various brand, but they're willing to get new TV's.

Resolution was 640x480, and that's all they need, it's just for slides.

~J
> with windows XP and a program to display on each screen
OK... what is that program?
> Resolution was 640x480, and that's all they need, it's just for slides.
Do you mean that's the resolution of the slides?  Or that's the resolution of the 4 displays?

If that's the resolution of the slides, just putting them on USB stick might not work... most flat screens won't scale them up to fill the screen by themselves. Put the pics on a USB stick and take the stick to a store that sells them, like Best Buy, ABC Warehouse et al, and see how they perform (and if they *are* scaled up, how grainy they look). Your customer probably doesn't want to buy new TVs only to see they display their slides postage-stamp-size in the middle of the screen.
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Well it doesn't really matter what the program is, they don't want to use it anymore, and the resolution of the video output is only that resolution, however I was really looking for a solution like Google ChromeCast that I didn't even need to have a computer dedicated to broadcasting it.

The USB stick/best buy suggestion is a good one, I'll do that this weekend.
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Didn't really find what I needed, but they seem to open up for ChromeCast developers now so hopefully something comes up.

Thanks
~j