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Posted · Original PosterOP

1.Does the TV have to be MHL compatible

2.Does the phone need to be MHL compatible?

3.Can we use a MHL to HDMI Adapter if TV or Phone does not support MHL?

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Essentially a USB - HDMI adapter (through that is simplified)

 

Here's there page: MHL Tech


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MOBO: ASUS X299 TUF Mark II

RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury

CASE: Corsair Carbide 500D

PSU: TooQ 750W 80+ Platinum

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=== STORAGE:                              ===

=== 1x 250 GB SanDisk Plus SSD (OS)       ===

=== 1x 1TB Western Digital Black (GAME)   ===

=== 2x 500GB Western Digital Blue (MEDIA) ===

=== ===================================== ===

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KEYBOARD: Medion OEM

 

Rationale behind the i7 7740X;

Basically I had a friend who I had met online selling the aforementioned CPU, and I jumped. He did knock a heavy load off the price and to be fair I am quite happy. Along with the mobo, which I bought new, but on sale on PC Part Picker, I paid about £300 for the motherboard and CPU, which is about £100 off the asking price. Do I regret not going Ryzen? Yes. Am I annoyed that I went for it? Never. Coming from a Pentium, this was like gold.

 

Planned Upgrades:

GPU: Summer 2019 - Planned upgrade to GTX 1060 6GB / 1070

Storage: Christmas 2018 - Planned upgrade to Samsung 950 M.2 SSD for the boot drive, and a new WD Black 3TB drive to replace current setup.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, limegorilla said:

Essentially a USB - HDMI adapter (through that is simplified)

 

Here's there page: MHL Tech

Does the phone need to support MHL even if I am using a MHL to HDMI adapter?

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3 minutes ago, avg123 said:

Does the phone need to support MHL even if I am using a MHL to HDMI adapter?

According to their website you do - Here is the list

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To see a full list of MHL-enabled devices please click here.

If your device is not supported try Google Chrome Cast. If you don't want to shell out £40 on a Chrome Cast, Google's own Nexus Player is only about £70 now which has Android TV and a swathe of Android TV games - runs emulators pretty well too


Bow down to me humans.

I can't help if you don't quote me. How am I supposed to know if you need my premium support? Now starting at £399.99 a year.

Also, be a sport and mark the correct answer as the correct answer. It will help pour souls in the future when they are stuck and need guidance.

"If it works, proceed to take it apart and 'make it work better.' Then cry for help when it breaks." - Me, about five minutes ago when my train of thought wandered.

Remember kids, A janky solution is still a solution.

RIG:

CPU: Intel Core i7 7740X

GPU: MSI Twin FORCE GTX 750 Ti

MOBO: ASUS X299 TUF Mark II

RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury

CASE: Corsair Carbide 500D

PSU: TooQ 750W 80+ Platinum

=== ===================================== ===

=== STORAGE:                              ===

=== 1x 250 GB SanDisk Plus SSD (OS)       ===

=== 1x 1TB Western Digital Black (GAME)   ===

=== 2x 500GB Western Digital Blue (MEDIA) ===

=== ===================================== ===

Peripherals:

MOUSE: Logitech MX Master (OG version)

KEYBOARD: Medion OEM

 

Rationale behind the i7 7740X;

Basically I had a friend who I had met online selling the aforementioned CPU, and I jumped. He did knock a heavy load off the price and to be fair I am quite happy. Along with the mobo, which I bought new, but on sale on PC Part Picker, I paid about £300 for the motherboard and CPU, which is about £100 off the asking price. Do I regret not going Ryzen? Yes. Am I annoyed that I went for it? Never. Coming from a Pentium, this was like gold.

 

Planned Upgrades:

GPU: Summer 2019 - Planned upgrade to GTX 1060 6GB / 1070

Storage: Christmas 2018 - Planned upgrade to Samsung 950 M.2 SSD for the boot drive, and a new WD Black 3TB drive to replace current setup.

Case, Displays & Keyboard: Summer 2019 - Planned. No replacement chosen.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, limegorilla said:

According to their website you do - Here is the list

If your device is not supported try Google Chrome Cast. If you don't want to shell out £40 on a Chrome Cast, Google's own Nexus Player is only about £70 now which has Android TV and a swathe of Android TV games - runs emulators pretty well too

That list only shows devices which natively support MHL. I am asking of I can use a phone that does not natively support MHL with an adapter.

 

Chromecast and screen mirroring are 2 separate things.

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13 minutes ago, avg123 said:

That list only shows devices which natively support MHL. I am asking of I can use a phone that does not natively support MHL with an adapter.

 

Chromecast and screen mirroring are 2 separate things.

As I said - MHL supports those devices. I do not know if unsupported devices are workable, but you can Google that. And Chrome Cast is a means of screen mirroring, through the Google Home App


Bow down to me humans.

I can't help if you don't quote me. How am I supposed to know if you need my premium support? Now starting at £399.99 a year.

Also, be a sport and mark the correct answer as the correct answer. It will help pour souls in the future when they are stuck and need guidance.

"If it works, proceed to take it apart and 'make it work better.' Then cry for help when it breaks." - Me, about five minutes ago when my train of thought wandered.

Remember kids, A janky solution is still a solution.

RIG:

CPU: Intel Core i7 7740X

GPU: MSI Twin FORCE GTX 750 Ti

MOBO: ASUS X299 TUF Mark II

RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury

CASE: Corsair Carbide 500D

PSU: TooQ 750W 80+ Platinum

=== ===================================== ===

=== STORAGE:                              ===

=== 1x 250 GB SanDisk Plus SSD (OS)       ===

=== 1x 1TB Western Digital Black (GAME)   ===

=== 2x 500GB Western Digital Blue (MEDIA) ===

=== ===================================== ===

Peripherals:

MOUSE: Logitech MX Master (OG version)

KEYBOARD: Medion OEM

 

Rationale behind the i7 7740X;

Basically I had a friend who I had met online selling the aforementioned CPU, and I jumped. He did knock a heavy load off the price and to be fair I am quite happy. Along with the mobo, which I bought new, but on sale on PC Part Picker, I paid about £300 for the motherboard and CPU, which is about £100 off the asking price. Do I regret not going Ryzen? Yes. Am I annoyed that I went for it? Never. Coming from a Pentium, this was like gold.

 

Planned Upgrades:

GPU: Summer 2019 - Planned upgrade to GTX 1060 6GB / 1070

Storage: Christmas 2018 - Planned upgrade to Samsung 950 M.2 SSD for the boot drive, and a new WD Black 3TB drive to replace current setup.

Case, Displays & Keyboard: Summer 2019 - Planned. No replacement chosen.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, limegorilla said:

As I said - MHL supports those devices. I do not know if unsupported devices are workable, but you can Google that. And Chrome Cast is a means of screen mirroring, through the Google Home App

No chrome cast is dfferent from real screen mirroring.

1. It only works with apps that support chrome cast

2.It does not mirror the screen. If you care casting, say Netflix, it is not actually transmitting video information from your mobile device to the TV. It is downloading the Netflix content from the internet just like your phone. That is not screen mirroring. Your phone is just working as a remote control.

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1 hour ago, limegorilla said:

According to their website you do - Here is the list

If your device is not supported try Google Chrome Cast. If you don't want to shell out £40 on a Chrome Cast, Google's own Nexus Player is only about £70 now which has Android TV and a swathe of Android TV games - runs emulators pretty well too

Depending on what other equipment OP may have, a Chromecast mag not even be necessarily for screen mirroring. I regularly mirror my phone to my Sony blu ray player for emulators, with some very good results. Smart TVs should also be capable of doing this as well.


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1 hour ago, avg123 said:

No chrome cast is dfferent from real screen mirroring.

1. It only works with apps that support chrome cast

2.It does not mirror the screen. If you care casting, say Netflix, it is not actually transmitting video information from your mobile device to the TV. It is downloading the Netflix content from the internet just like your phone. That is not screen mirroring. Your phone is just working as a remote control.

I beg to differ:

https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6059461?hl=en

 

1 hour ago, Zodiark1593 said:

Depending on what other equipment OP may have, a Chromecast mag not even be necessarily for screen mirroring. I regularly mirror my phone to my Sony blu ray player for emulators, with some very good results. Smart TVs should also be capable of doing this as well.

I agree. As I said, I have (several) Nexus Players from Google with various Emulators installed, connected to wired PS4 controllers. It works very well - sometimes better than on my phone.


Bow down to me humans.

I can't help if you don't quote me. How am I supposed to know if you need my premium support? Now starting at £399.99 a year.

Also, be a sport and mark the correct answer as the correct answer. It will help pour souls in the future when they are stuck and need guidance.

"If it works, proceed to take it apart and 'make it work better.' Then cry for help when it breaks." - Me, about five minutes ago when my train of thought wandered.

Remember kids, A janky solution is still a solution.

RIG:

CPU: Intel Core i7 7740X

GPU: MSI Twin FORCE GTX 750 Ti

MOBO: ASUS X299 TUF Mark II

RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury

CASE: Corsair Carbide 500D

PSU: TooQ 750W 80+ Platinum

=== ===================================== ===

=== STORAGE:                              ===

=== 1x 250 GB SanDisk Plus SSD (OS)       ===

=== 1x 1TB Western Digital Black (GAME)   ===

=== 2x 500GB Western Digital Blue (MEDIA) ===

=== ===================================== ===

Peripherals:

MOUSE: Logitech MX Master (OG version)

KEYBOARD: Medion OEM

 

Rationale behind the i7 7740X;

Basically I had a friend who I had met online selling the aforementioned CPU, and I jumped. He did knock a heavy load off the price and to be fair I am quite happy. Along with the mobo, which I bought new, but on sale on PC Part Picker, I paid about £300 for the motherboard and CPU, which is about £100 off the asking price. Do I regret not going Ryzen? Yes. Am I annoyed that I went for it? Never. Coming from a Pentium, this was like gold.

 

Planned Upgrades:

GPU: Summer 2019 - Planned upgrade to GTX 1060 6GB / 1070

Storage: Christmas 2018 - Planned upgrade to Samsung 950 M.2 SSD for the boot drive, and a new WD Black 3TB drive to replace current setup.

Case, Displays & Keyboard: Summer 2019 - Planned. No replacement chosen.

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As i work in an electronics store i have a terrible history with MHL, from what i can tell almost nothing supports it anymore (or at least the info aint always available for a quick google search when a customer ask) and i almost always get them returned since they didnt work

 

Chromecast for life!

 

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