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That's no good for "on" function though.

An alternative might be some sort of peripheral IR remote run by the PC but it'd be inconvenient and probably not really reliable.

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Is it possible to have them all wired to the same power point, and put a timer on that?

As Rybags said that's no good with a lot of modern TVs. They reset to off/standby mode if they lose mains power.

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Okey Dokey time for an update after a bit over a year of operation.

Have the PC set to turn on at a set time each day via a bios setting (Resume by Alarm). Limitation is that it can only be one time on one day, or one time on all days so the later is used.

Problems with this. If the power goes off when the PC is off it won't auto turn on atm. Also have to remember to disable ErP after each bios update. Also need to turn off Windows 10 fast start-up in windows power options because it prevents resume by alarm from working by apparently locking the drive.

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The cheaper 40s6000 tvs have timers built in so I can set them to turn on and off at specific times.

This has been occasionally been giving me some issues. If there is a power outage when the tvs are on they seem to reset their times back to default which is (oddly) 01/01/2036. Once that happens they fail to pick up the correct time again via the internet. So have the times set manually for the moment to see what happens.

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65C2US does not have an inbuilt power timer that I can find (yes read the manual as well).

So trying to get the TV to turn on and off via HDMI CEC.

Have got this working ok with the Pulse Eight adaptor once I figured out exactly what needs to be on and off on the TV. TV documentation is pretty sketchy on this.

Importantly TV fast start must be off for some reason and had to play around quite a bit with the Pulse Eight CEC tray settings to get it going.

On too Squallstrife's software.

We had been getting a Visual C++ error on some slide shows and it was doing my head in a bit till I decided to check through the images supplied very carefully. For some reason I had "show hidden files and folders on" and low and behold all the problem folders had at least one 0 byte image file starting with ._

Of course this was stuffing up the slide show software. A quick google and apparently they are something to do with MAC OS and as the folder containing the images was copied to the slide show PC these hidden files where also copied. So easy fix for that, don't copy those files over.

Still got the issue with the mouse pointer not hiding if the mouse is used at any point. A simple "fix" is to reboot the PC and turn the mouse (it's wireless) off before the PC reboots.

Future changes.

Apparently the TVs have Wake on Lan, but the manual calls it "Network waking up" and the setting is called "Network standby". Tried this today on one TV using this http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

programme but no dice, probably because the TVs are connected to the network via wireless, or I got a setting wrong 😞. When I get time I will try one tv using Ethernet LAN and see if it works. If so then this will remove the time/clock issues with the smaller TVs.

If that is successful I will need to run some more Ethernet cables and fit another switch to get the rest of the TVs on to Ethernet so I can dispense with timers and CEC to turn the TVs on.

/Edit

Ok the WOL feature seems to work via wired LAN on the TV I tried so will need to run a few ethernet cables to a switch and wire them all up, will see how that goes.

 

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Yay it all seems to work using WakeMeonLAN. Using a bat file to run WakemeonLAN with the syntax

WakeMeOnLan.exe /wakeupmulti mac address1 mac address2 mac address3 mac address4

with a shortcut in

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

pointing to the bat file. Fingers crossed this is a more reliable setup.

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