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Evening all.

 

Arrived 5 weeks ago and had a flight to VN cancelled last week so here I am with not much to pass the time, so, I decided to attach my Firestick I used in England to my TV in my room here in Patts, there is only 1 HDMI connection but when I select HDMI after hitting SOURCE on the TV remote, nothing is happening. Just a blank black screen. I checked the download speed for the wifi in the guest house and it reads 7.11Mbps which Im presuming is not adequate? Im not a techy by any means!

 

In England I used a myfi device and that was strong enough to connect my TV, laptop and phone all at the same time with an unlimited data sim card. I have brought the myfi with me and am thinking I could use it again for my Firestick and my laptop, but, Im wandering if my Firestick is not working because I am in a different country? I expected something to at least come up on the TV screen even if it was to tell me it is not compatible or it cannot connect but there is just a blank black screen. Any help/advice/recommendations would be great, Thanks 

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Don't have a Firestick so I may be asking a silly question but does it have external power?  (such as a USB port on the TV?)

 

 

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1 hour ago, Walter Travolta said:

Im wandering if my Firestick is not working because I am in a different country?

you might need a VPN.

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1 hour ago, JaiMaai said:

Don't have a Firestick so I may be asking a silly question but does it have external power?  (such as a USB port on the TV?)

 

 

A Firestick is connected to the mains with the mains lead entering the device with something similar to a mobile phone connection and the device itself connects to the TV via an HDMI port. Apps are downloaded onto the device so when I connected it to the TV i expected the apps to show on screen and for it to simply ask me for my password and crack on, but nothing like that unfortunately

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1 hour ago, NCC1701A said:

you might need a VPN.

Yes my mate who is really helpful with this kind of thing said that but I thought I would ask on here first in case anyone knowledgable enough knew how to avoid that. Do you know what kind of price a VPN is? Monthly? Annually? Cheers

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1 minute ago, Walter Travolta said:

Yes my mate who is really helpful with this kind of thing said that but I thought I would ask on here first in case anyone knowledgable enough knew how to avoid that. Do you know what kind of price a VPN is? Monthly? Annually? Cheers

don't use free VPN's they don't protect you properly. about $40 a year. 

 

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2 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

don't use free VPN's they don't protect you properly. about $40 a year. 

 

Ah right fair enough thats do-able haha, although I havent got a clue how long Im stuck here for, Im a week into my enforced extension and heard today immigration are charging 20.000 for an extra month extension and 30.000 for 2 months ONLY if you apply with at least 20 days of this extension remaining!! Is this BS or a possibility? Was a bloke passing my digs earlier who stopped for a chat who told me

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15 minutes ago, Walter Travolta said:

A Firestick is connected to the mains with the mains lead entering the device with something similar to a mobile phone connection and the device itself connects to the TV via an HDMI port. Apps are downloaded onto the device so when I connected it to the TV i expected the apps to show on screen and for it to simply ask me for my password and crack on, but nothing like that unfortunately

OK.  Thanks.

 

It was just that a completely blank/black screen makes me think there is some kind of power problem going on.  Even if there was some kind of issue with it being in another country, I'd expect it to power on and give some kind of error.

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Have you tried a different HDMI port (assuming there is one)?

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1 minute ago, JaiMaai said:

OK.  Thanks.

 

It was just that a completely blank/black screen makes me think there is some kind of power problem going on.  Even if there was some kind of issue with it being in another country, I'd expect it to power on and give some kind of error.

Yeah thats what I thought seeing as the apps are already loaded and the wifi here works well enough although its only 7.11 download speed it gives me my laptop and mobile phone wifi no problem

 

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Posted (edited)

I have a Firestick, an early version, which I brought over from the UK about 5-6 years ago. I use it daily with no VPN (in fact it's not possible to install a VPN on my model).

 

Plug it into the HDMI on any of my TV's (Sony, Samsung, LG), power it up, either from a USB port on the TV or from a mains adaptor - and it's good to go.

 

I suspect the problem might be with the power supply or the HDMI port, otherwise you would at least get some image or message on the TV screen.

 

Edit to add: I have used it at various hotels. If the wifi isn't good enough you will still get the start up screen and a message about a poor connection.

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1 minute ago, JaiMaai said:

Have you tried a different HDMI port (assuming there is one)?

There is only the 1 port which took me ages to find as it is wall mounted, its a Samsung though but only LCD

 

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Image result for firestick In this picture the long lead will attach to the plug and the other end which looks like a mobile phone connection goes into the side of the stick. You cant see that connection on the stick from this diagram but you can see the HDMI male part which goes into the TV. The extension pictured below the mains cable is for tight spaces like mine attached to the wall, if I didnt have that extension I wouldnt be able to get the stick into the HDMI socket at the back of the TV

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10 minutes ago, chickenslegs said:

I have a Firestick, an early version, which I brought over from the UK about 5-6 years ago. I use it daily with no VPN (in fact it's not possible to install a VPN on my model).

 

Plug it into the HDMI on any of my TV's (Sony, Samsung, LG), power it up, either from a USB port on the TV or from a mains adaptor - and it's good to go.

 

I suspect the problem might be with the power supply or the HDMI port, otherwise you would at least get some image or message on the TV screen.

Thats what I thought but nothing! A guy who lived on the ground floor of my guest house his worked fine but he was disabled and Im on the 3rd floor, no lift so he couldnt help and he was leaving that day in the next couple of hours anyway. Maybe I could ask to try it in his room and see if it works there, that way I will know there is something wrong with something in my room.

 

What do you mean by 'power it up'? I thought with it connected to the mains it would be instantaneous? Forgive my apathy I really am poor with technology

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You don't need a VPN.

Might be a problem with the HDMI connection rather than the Firestick. Was some other device previously plugged into the TV's HDMI connection, and was that working properly?

I would try to find another TV to test the Firestick on.

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