Half a year ago I reported about performance problems of AirParrot 1.1.3 on Windows 8 while AirPlay mirroring the PC’s screen. And I’m not the only one who faces this annoying “features” of AirParrot on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Preview. Just have a look at the comments on the above mentioned post. However, two commentators of miApple.me, called ‘bickbadger’ and ‘Arde’, provided two separate fixes for that problems. I tested it with AirParrot 1.1.6, using a Acer Aspire 180T running on Windows 8.1 Preview with Windows Media Center installed and an Apple TV 3: And it works for me, if I combine this two fixes!
The one fix is to connect the Windows PC correctly to the Apple TV:
- Turn off your Apple TV.
- Turn off your Windows 8 PC.
- Switch on your Apple TV and wait until you see the Apple TV start menu on your TV Screen.
- Boot your Windows 8 PC , wait until all start-up programs have been loaded, then go to the desktop and wait for another time every start-up program is loaded.
- Finally, start AirParrot until it is connected to the Apple TV. Enable sound.
- Test the connection: Start a YouTube video like this: miApple TV video on Youtube.
If this doesn’t completely corrects the audio and video issues than you maybe have to do the second fix regarding the audio preferences:
- Go to the ‘Control Panel’.
- Open ‘Sound’.
- Click on the audio speaker you are using and click on ‘Properties’. On my Acer Aspire there is a Realtek High Definition Audio speaker to choose.
- Go to ‘Default Format’ and reduce the quality, e.g. from 24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality) to 16 bit, 19200 Hz (Studio quality). Check it out which properties are the best in your case. An alternate method is to install the free software VB-Audio Virtual Cable as ‘Arde’ suggested.
Note: If you once disconnect your PC from your Apple TV, you have to repeat the first fix from the very beginning! Not a perfect solution, but better than no solution… 🙂
‘bickbadger’ says that it works on Windows 7 and Windows 8. ‘Arde’ is lucky with the second fix on Windows 8 and AirParrot 1.1.6 using VB-Audio virtual Cable. I checked it on Windows 8.1 Preview with AirParrot 1.1.6. This means this is a solution for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Preview. However, everyone has to find his own fix.
Taking everything into account, I’m still convinced that the basic problem of AirParrot on Windows is that AirParrot is consuming the CPU performance too much. And why? Because I played a YouTube cartoon, a movie in standard Youtube resolution and a HD 1080p movie with increasing performance problems on my Windows PC when AirPlay mirroring is running with AirParrot.
And what are your findings? Let us know and comment!
Stay tuned! 😉