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Is your PC having trouble? Your smart TV might be to blame

Illustration of a person using voice commands to automate various home tech.
Maybe your home should be dumb! | Illustration by Adrián Astorgano for The Verge

It turns out your TV can actually mess up your computer — at least if you’re using a Hisense TV and Windows.

Priscilla Snow, a sound designer and composer for games, wrote on Cohost that they’d been having trouble with their PC. The “Display Settings” menu didn’t open. The “Task Manager” started hanging. Then things necessary to making the computer work started to fail. Spelunking in hidden comments on Microsoft forums revealed the problem: Snow’s TV.

Basically, the TV had been generating Universal Plug and Play IDs and had, over the course of several years, convinced Snow’s computer that there were essentially an infinite number of devices on their network. Snow’s smart TV, a Hisense 50Q8G, had…

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