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Can an old Chromecast cast my desktop?
Q IN Issue 503 (page 27), you describe how to use a Chromecast to use a TV as a monitor, but I have a first-generation Chromecast and the method doesn’t work. Am I correct in assuming that only the new Chromecast ( www.snipca.com/24595) can stream my PC’S desktop to the TV? Ron Duncan Athe
original Chromecast should be able to cast your PC’S desktop in the same way as the second-generation version. First, plug your Chromecast into your TV as normal, then use your TV remote to select it from your TV’S input options. Next, open Chrome, click the menu icon (the three vertical dots at the top right), then click Cast. When the ‘Cast to’ box opens, look for the small arrow just to the right of the ‘Cast to’ header, click it, then click ‘Cast desktop’ (see screenshot below). Now click the name of your Chromecast in the box. Click Yes if a ‘Google Cast Screen Sharing Request’ pop-up message appears. Your PC’S desktop should now appear on your TV screen.
Why won’t Stexbar install?
Q I tried to install Stexbar while following your Workshop in Issue 503 (page 38), but I keep seeing a pop-up message that says ‘The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation’. I’ve seen this message before and the usual solution is to rightclick the installer, then click ‘Run as Administrator’. This time, however, the option to ‘Run as Administrator’ doesn’t appear. Any suggestions? Dave Pearce
A WE didn’t encounter any problems when installing Stexbar, but it sounds like your PC is struggling to gain access to its registry, which is necessary if it’s to install new programs. Because the ‘Run as Administrator’ option isn’t working for you, try logging on to your PC’S Administrator account directly.
To do this, right-click the Start button, then click Windows Powershell (Admin). Note, if your PC hasn’t updated to the Creators Update yet, you’ll need to select Command Prompt (Admin) instead. Either way, next type net user administrator / active:yes in the Powershell box (or copy the text from www.pastebin.com/ raw/1nppy9jx), then press Enter. Now restart your PC. On the login screen, select the new Administrator account, which won’t require a password.
Try installing the program again. Once it’s installed, restart your PC again and log in using your own account, from where you should be able to access Stexbar.
Is ‘Mouse without Borders’ broken?
Q I was eager to try the ‘Mouse without Borders’ tool covered in Issue 501 (page 58). I tried to set it up for two PCS, but I didn’t see the ‘No’ prompt you referred to when setting it up, meaning I couldn’t get a security code. Robert Brody Athe
first thing to ensure when setting up ‘Mouse without Borders’ (MWB) is that both of your PCS are connected to the same network. Once done, open MWB on both PCS. If this was the first time you were opening it you would see the prompt we referred to. However, because you’ve already been trying to use it, we’re going to assume that it now opens to its main window (the one with three tabs at the top – Machine Setup, Other Options and IP Mappings).
In this window (on both PCS), click ‘Go through the setup experience’ at the bottom right, then click Yes. This will make the ‘Let’s get started’ screen appear, just as it would have done the first time you opened MWB.
It’s important you set up each PC in turn. So go first to the PC you consider your main computer (we’ll refer to this as PC 1), then click No on the ‘Let’s get started’ screen. You’ll see an ‘Almost done’ message, and under that you’ll see a security code and your PC’S name (see PC 1 screenshot below left).
Now go to your second computer (PC 2) and click Yes. You’ll now see a screen with two empty fields – ‘Security code’ and ‘Other computer’s name’. Enter the code and the name of your main computer into these fields exactly as they appear on PC 1’s screen (it is case sensitive – see PC 2 screenshot below). Click Link (beneath the two fields) and you should be able to control both PCS with one mouse.
PC 1 Enter the security code and PC name exactly as they appear so that ‘Mouse without Borders’ can connect your PCS
The firstgeneration Chromecast can cast your PC’S desktop to your TV but you must make sure you select the correct source