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Sunday, July 5th, 2015 03:04 pm
What I’ve done is to fall madly in love with a purple laptop. I don’t need a second computer, I already have an iPad after all, but it is so beautiful.

So, I ordered it.

No thanks to my bank, who managed to block both my cards in the process and I had to unblock them.

It should be here Tuesday, after 5pm. Fingers crossed and Currys permitting.

It’s more logical than is sounds (yes it is, stop giggling at the back) even if it is the most expensive solution to the problem that I outlined the other day that [personal profile] doire has been helping me with, that was ever thought of in the history of history itself.

It even beats the time my sewing machine went belly-up in the middle of making a frock for someone, meaning that she and I headed out to Bluewater (posh shopping mall) and bought a new machine from John Lewis to finish it. I would have gone somewhere local, but it was a Sunday. It would be. Just call me three sewing machines Lexin – I bought an overlocker not long after that. Now I’m to be two computers Lexin, too.

What I mean about it being more logical than it sounds, is that the iPad extender apps that I was whinging about should work from the laptop as that won’t (presumably) have dual graphics switching and will be intended to operate external screens in a way the desktop is not. Windows 8.1 on laptops has something called Wi-Di, which my TV has natively. Desktops don’t seem to have it, or if they do it’s not accessible.

Worst case scenario is that I buy the Player version of the Realm Works program and put that on the laptop separately under an assumed name and let the players use that.

Like I said, most expensive solution to the problem ever, ever.

But it does give me a laptop to take to HeroMeet in Wales in August to extend my capabilities.

The background…

What I have is a thing called Realm Works which is a program for writing up role playing games and sharing (or not sharing, as the case may be) information with the players.

There is a Game Master screen (which only I should see) and a Player Screen (which is what I want visible on the other monitor/iPad/whatever). You can run Realm Works on as many computers as you like if you have a licence. What you can’t do is open your ‘realm’ simultaneously on two computers or you’ll corrupt the database.

Looking at the screen options from inside Realm Works, it clearly expects that there should be two screens attached to the computer for this sharing to work optimally. Alternatively there is a ‘players’ version of the software for players to use on their own equipment, for a fairly nominal cost – it’s $5.99 or about £4.00 and I could load that on the laptop.

Meanwhile, if none of that works, I’ve checked the back of my computer and there are currently two HDMI slots unused, one which looks to be on the motherboard and one on the graphics card, so I’ve ordered a 7m HDMI cable just in case, and will try that option before investing in Miracast solutions.

I do think that I have ‘dual graphics switching’ on the desktop, and this may be why the iPad solutions don’t work properly there. They are great for cloning your screen, and I can see uses for that like operating my desktop computer from the comfort of my sofa (laziness FTW) but won’t extend.

Plus, Win 8.1, which is what I use, doesn’t identify anything as a second screen, it's all a mare's nest. I think that what “Display Settings” under “Control Panel” is seeing as a second screen is actually not – I think it’s the fact that there must be native graphics controllers on the motherboard and actually the graphics card has taken over operation but the motherboard graphics are still there, hidden - there isn’t really a second monitor there, even if Display Settings thinks there is. Plus, that is an indication that I do have this ‘dual graphics switching’ thing that is such a problem.
Monday, July 6th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Any excuse ;)
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
I hope it arrived safely and that you're having fun.