Originally Posted by tomsawyer
Hi Guys - Sorry if I posted this in the wrong place but I hope someone can help. I have a new 40" hx800 but I cannot view any of the movies I have stored on my laptop.
I am running windows 7 on the laptop and have all the settings correct. On the tv menu, it does recognize the computer and when I click on the drive and folders, it only recognizes 2 of the movies out of the 10 that are in the folder. Then, when I try to open the movie, it says "there are no items to display".
I called sony and the guy worked with me for and hour and his conclusion was to download the latest software for the tv but that didn't work either so i am not sure what to do.
Thanks to anyone that assists.
Are Sony REP's really that stupid? Random customers are smarter than their technical support.
If he had any brains he would have told you the HX800 is limited to AVCHD and MPEG-2 video.
Like others have said, you can connect your computer to your TV. If your computer does not have HDMI, use the VGA out (this is what I do with my laptop because I was unable to get a fullscreen picture out of the HDMI port for some reason. Using the VGA, I was able to get a full 1920x1080 pic to the TV. However, this option poses a problem for audio. You would need to get audio from your computer to your TV/home theatre system somehow.
Luckily I have a external soundcard for my laptop which has optical output. So to sum it up... I have my laptop connected to the HX800 via VGA and Optical cable for sound.
Another option if you have extra money to spend is to get a HD media player. These little boxes basically connect to your network or USB drives the same way the TV would, but they play pretty much all the popular formats out there. I also have one of these for 1080p video because my laptop plays 1080p really choppy (video card is probably not good enough).