I am using my iPad when I am on the road. I connect to the TV in the motel room to play games. I really do not wish to bring my Apple TV along with me ... just one more thing to drag along. My HDMI works but it keeps coming unplugged, so I was looking for a more secure plug.It doesn't sound like you're mirroring. Mirroring is cable-free way to view what's on your iPad 2 on your TV via an Apple TV 2. Rather than buying another cable, why not just buy an Apple TV 2? They are on sale for $89. It's well worth the money, IMO.
Actually mirroring via the hdmi came first before iOS 5 the Apple tv only AirPlayed certain things but with the big update it enabled total mirroring wirelessly. The iPad 2 shipped with ios 4 and the ability to mirror with the hdmi adapter Apple sells. It has space for hdmi cord and regular charge cord, it is cumbersome to be hooked to a cord but functions same as Apple tv mirroring. As for help with the cord problem try a different hdmi cable, you can buy them cheap off amazon(never pay more than $10 for one because they are all the same cheap or expensive, the cord is no worse off if it's cheap).It doesn't sound like you're mirroring. Mirroring is cable-free way to view what's on your iPad 2 on your TV via an Apple TV 2. Rather than buying another cable, why not just buy an Apple TV 2? They are on sale for $89. It's well worth the money, IMO.
That's why I am considering a second Apple TV. It's just a big PITA to pull the ATV out of my entertainment center. And then when it's out, no one else can watch it.I have found (before i got the Apple TV2) that using the HDMI adapter and cord often came unplugged as well. My only suggestion is to get the lightest, longest, and most flexible HDMI cord you can. Or of course an Apple TV2. If space is the issue - remember they are tiny! my only gripe with carrying it around would be the constant fire drill i would need to perform to re-hook it up to my home theater system which is nicely compact in my entertainment center console.