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Blown HDMI ports except for one....and it gets weird

ukiltmybrutha 326 October 12, 2016 at 03:43 PM
My HDMI ports have blown on my old 50 inch TV except for one. Here is the weird thing. It is
"strong" enough to use my xbox360 which I simply use to view Amazon prime. However it is not "strong" enough for my old WDTV live which I watch MKV movies through via a dedicated media server.

The strange symptom is:

The WDTV appears super dark on the port. The WDTV works on any other HDMI port on any other TV.

What on earth is this about?

I'd guess that the port is weak. I am wondering if an amplifier would fix it, but that is kind of risky to put money into an old TV if my idea doesn't work.

Ideas?

Thanks

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Have you tried swapping the cable between the 360 and the WDTV? Change the resolution coming out of the WDTV? Some kind of True Color setting in the WDTV?

I had something on my PS4 where I had to turn off some magical setting to make it behave with an older HDMI cable for no discernible reason.
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you could try an hdmi switch especially one with an 'equalizer'http://www.monoprice.com/search/index?keyword=hdmi%20switch%20equalizer&itemsort=salepriceasc
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Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
Have you tried swapping the cable between the 360 and the WDTV? Change the resolution coming out of the WDTV? Some kind of True Color setting in the WDTV?

I had something on my PS4 where I had to turn off some magical setting to make it behave with an older HDMI cable for no discernible reason.
I think you're on the right track re: resolution. HDMI is digital so there's no strong or weak. If you have a bad/cheap cable or port you will either get no picture or pixelation artifacts.
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I think you're on the right track re: resolution. HDMI is digital so there's no strong or weak. If you have a bad/cheap cable or port you will either get no picture or pixelation artifacts.
Different devices do in fact provide stronger/weaker hdmi signals...so the same cable and tv can have issues if being fed by one device and be perfectly fine with another...this is generally seen as pixelation of some sort..not dimming as in the OP..
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you could try an hdmi switch especially one with an 'equalizer'http://www.monoprice.com/search/index?keyword=hdmi%20switch%20equalizer&itemsort=salepriceasc
I have never faced this situation but I agree with jkee, probably your best chance of eliminating these troubles would be to use a hdmi switch such as this one at Amazon [amazon.com] or getting a new tv.
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Thank you all. I swapped around cable etc. I didn't mess with the settings since it worked ok on a marginal HDMI port on the same tv. I just ordered the 3 port. If it doesn't work, I'll return it via prime.
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