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sj - Apr 20, 2022 12:43:07 pm PDT #25460 of 25471
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

Tom, thanks, I didn't see Google bookmarks there specifically, but I'll keep looking around to see what I can find.


Vortex - Aug 23, 2022 7:03:12 pm PDT #25461 of 25471
"Cry havoc and let slip the boobs of war!" -- Miracleman

Argh! My chromecast was having trouble broadcasting, so I decided to switch it from my personal router to the Comcast router to see if that worked better. Somehow, when I disconnected it from the personal router, it stopped working, and my Firestick plugged into the same TV is also not working (as in, when I try to switch to either of them, there is no signal, but the TV recognizes that they are there, because I have the option to select them for input). Thoughts?


dcp - Aug 23, 2022 7:08:00 pm PDT #25462 of 25471
numb little bug

3rd router option?


Vortex - Aug 23, 2022 7:13:58 pm PDT #25463 of 25471
"Cry havoc and let slip the boobs of war!" -- Miracleman

The routers are fine. When I select the input for the Chromecast or the Firestick, I get a message that there is no input. i'm about to start plugging and unplugging again.


meara - Aug 24, 2022 7:26:20 am PDT #25464 of 25471

i'm about to start plugging and unplugging again.

Always a good step. Hope it worked!


Vortex - Aug 25, 2022 6:31:29 pm PDT #25465 of 25471
"Cry havoc and let slip the boobs of war!" -- Miracleman

Nope. The TV recognizes that the Chromecast and Firestick are there, because when I removed them, they didn't show up on the "input" screen. It recognizes that the firestick is there enough that I can use the firestick remote to turn the tv on and off/volume, but isn't getting a signal for some reason.

Also, cable/internet is out/having issues (posting with phone). Maybe that's the problem? But it wasn't out last night, so I don't know! guess I'll watch something on TiVo. Feh.


Vortex - Aug 26, 2022 7:01:09 pm PDT #25466 of 25471
"Cry havoc and let slip the boobs of war!" -- Miracleman

Cable is back, still can't figure out the issue with the HDMI. It knows that they are there, because they don't show up on the inputs if I don't have them plugged in, and it can recognize what they are in addition to the slot that they are in, but just no signal. I would think that something is wrong with the firestick or chromecast devices, but it's clearly the TV since neither of them work.

The TV still works (Tivo is connected through AV instead of HDMI)

I'm annoyed because I wanted to watch She Hulk. Yes, I know I can watch it on the computer (or in the bedroom), but I want to be comfy in the living room!


-t - Aug 26, 2022 7:17:16 pm PDT #25467 of 25471
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Oh, I feel like I remember something about HDMI connections that might be helpful but it was probably a decade ago and I don’t actually remember it. Was it a setting in the TV? That doesn’t seem likely. I just remember having a similar-ish problem and eventually discovering a very non intuitive solution but what it was is not coming to me at all. Sorry, I was hoping if I started typing all stream of conscious it might jog something useful loose but that does not seem to be happening.


dcp - Aug 26, 2022 7:18:57 pm PDT #25468 of 25471
numb little bug

Puzzling. More so, because I have no experience with either Chromecast or Firestick, so I am just spit-balling, sorry. But I thought both devices connect to the internet by wifi to your router. Do I have that wrong?

So if the TV is recognizing both devices okay, maybe the break in the communications chain is between the router and the devices. Is there a way to test that?


javachik - Aug 28, 2022 9:46:19 am PDT #25469 of 25471
not to be confused with java cat

Vortex if your laptop is working, can you plug the HDMI from laptop directly into the HDMI input on TV and see if the TV will show what’s on your laptop? That will help you check a few things and narrow down the issue.