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TV Problem Fixed

Posted in Computers,Software,video by Joe Colburn on the October 10th, 2007

While some of you may not care, I thought the solution to my TV/Computer woes was interesting enough to post.

XP Boot on 52 inch Samsung HD TV

For three days, my dedicated TV computer has been failing to get past the XP Logo seen above. Given my schedule this week, I’ve barely been able to look at this for an hour or so a day. Still, this has been frustrating. Searching Google on my laptop, I found plenty of possible solutions, which include removing hardware, drivers, etc., and I’ve tried all of the options that didn’t involve opening up the box.

TV on my computer works now

After 3 days, I found a forum post that suggested that a USB device that had been plugged in caused the issue. Well, when my cat took a flying dive into my hardware, the USB wireless adapter came unplugged and had gotten plugged back in without any further thought. Having tried everything else, I decided this morning to give it a shot. I unplugged it, rebooted, and everything seems to be back to normal. It just goes to show that Google is an important resource for troubleshooting, because you never know when your problem will have a completely unexpected solution.

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  1. on March 27th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    […] UPDATE: The TV is working again […]

  2. Bobby Kearan said,

    on October 27th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I love having such simple solutions take weeks of my semi-attention. Happens all the time. I am using a laptop to play downloaded TV shows to my TV – just this afternoon I am running by and getting a headphone to RCA cable so I can play the audio through the TV instead of the laptop speakers. :D

    Haven’t got a Tivo replacement setup.. mostly because I don’t have TV service… just Vuze and MiniNova.org

    Found your site via Peopleized.

    ( and yeah, this is partially trying to win that green laser, LOL. )

  3. Joe said,

    on October 27th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Bobby: Thanks for stopping by. Usually, things like this take so long to figure out because I’m too busy with 85 other things to sit down with my pal, Google, and find the right solution. Eventually my wife reminds me that if I want to tech up the house, I have to support those projects when they encounter problems and I buckle down and fix it.

    Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed.


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