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Can I use the HDMI out when I'm playing games or watching netflix?

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  1. kenio8185

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    Just curious, will I be able to connect it to my tv through HDMI while I'm playing games on it and watch it on the big screen?

    Same question, but with netflix as well?
     

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    If its anythign like the Galaxy S i shouldnt see why not, when you connect the galaxy S to TV it basically transfers whats on the screen to the TV, so in theory should then display whatever you have on the screen at the time (ie a game) to the big screen.
     
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    Ya, but you know how Motorola is, they like making good phones but crippling the software on purpose.

    Anyways, iirc, the Droid x had an hdmi out, but it didn't allow mirroring, I'm hoping we don't run into the same problem with this phone, but I wouldn't be surprised.
     
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    Usually its the carriers decision not motorola's fault for all the crippling.
     
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    In the recent system dump for the Atrix, it looks like HDMI mirroring is disabled. Its in a file that you would need root to enable.

    Whats funny, HDMI mirroring is listed as a feature of the Bionic..but not for the Atrix.

    Looks like the crippling you mentioned might be spot on..
     
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    Well, I live in Canada, and the Canadian companies don't ask for as much crippling as AT&T, and yet Moto still does it for phones here (not blocking side loading though). So I am blaming Moto on this one.

    Anyways, after I root the phone, how would I enable the mirroring feature? I know how to root (it looks quite easy), but I don't know how to change a feature.
     
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    Its in a file called the build.prop. If it can be enabled this way, you can do it with a text editor on the phone. Most file managers have built in text editors.
     
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    Netflix is not supported on any current Android phones
     
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    The playon app is coming to android soon, netflix is a part of it.
     
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    Oooh that sucks. How hard will it be to allow mirroring?
     
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    Not hard at all. If it can be enabled with that file, rooting seems straight forward like most other phones. Changing the text in the file is like using Notepad on the PC.
     
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    Webtop has the mobile view. Cant we just use that and full screen it?
     
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    what's webtop?
     
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    Ok, so someone on the XDA forum tried changing:
    ro.hdmi.mirror.enable=false
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    ro.hdmi.mirror.enable=true

    And this was his result:

    "Well that worked while the phone was booting. After it detects the HDMI cable it goes back to blank and then lets me choose between doing nothing and Entertainment Mode and none bring back the mirror. It was working fine tho. While it lasted..."

    HDMI Out - xda-developers



    It seems that motorola really does wanna butcher their phone.
     
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    Wow...normally when you change stuff in the build.prop it sticks...

    Moto oh Moto....I have been a fan favorite of yours even thru the bootloader stuff. Dont make regret it...
     
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    Moto: We're gonna make phones with awesome hardware, but crap software and lock the bootloader so you can't do **** all about it, then stop supporting the phone 2 months into its release.
     

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