Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
When checking if you have a hardware problem, test with *ONLY* HDMI 1 cabled, and with Primary Output set to HDMI 1.
With both HDMI outputs cabled there are lots of additional complexities that can confuse things, such as if there are two HDMI paths to the same display (one direct and one through the AVR).
Whenever the player is showing odd behavior, it is useful to try the simple reset procedure "just in case":
1) Remove any disc. Jot down your personal settings.
2) In Setup, Erase Persistent Storage, then Reset Factory Defaults. When the Easy Setup Wizard finishes, power down the player.
3) Pull the power plug for about 10 seconds. Do not skip this step.
4) Power up and re-enter your personal settings.
5) Power down again. Settings are saved during the power down cycle.
It is also a good idea to power down at both ends of the HDMI cable before removing or plugging in an HDMI plug.
NOTE: HDMI plugs are just friction fit. Far and way the single most common reason for loss of HDMI signal is simply that the plug -- at one end or the other -- has worked its way loose a bit in the socket. It only takes a small shift to cause problems. The weight of the cable, or the tugging of the cable due to cable folds or bends is often all it takes.
Bob - I can't thank you enough! I followed your instructions to the letter except for a slight (unintended) change and I now have video from HDMI 1!! We were able to watch Hugo in 3D last night, end to end!
The slight deviation I had from what you mentioned was: once the Easy Setup Wizard came up, it wouldn't show up on my TV which is 1080i max. Powering off didn't help, so I thought maybe I can see it on the projector. I only power it on at the wall socket which gets it to the standby mode (not with the remote to turn the lamp on). And that brought the signal back on my TV immediately! Sounds ridiculous, but that's exactly what happened.
I still have some issues with HDMI 1, I think:
1. Once I switch the projector on, sometimes the projector flickers wildly. I'm not expert, but it doesn't exactly look like a flicker to me, but then again, who knows. Do you think something like this is possible if there's some kinda loose connection in HDMI 1, even while the Oppo is not playing anything, nothing is touched and nobody is even nearby? Or is it just the kind of flicker projectors have in their early days while the lamp's arc stablizes?
2. Sometimes, when there's a loud sound in the movie, the Oppo loses sync and the picture goes away. This happens both with the TV and the projector. For example, it happened twice last night with Hugo, on projector, and earlier a number of times with the Hereafter blu-ray, on TV. I have satellite speakers, all set to "small" in the receiver, and I get LPCM over HDMI. The receiver is Denon 3806. Not sure of the crossover right now, but I remember it being higher than the lower limit of all speakers' frequency response. The funny thing is, the picture goes away, but the sound remains!
The reason I suspect HDMI 1 is, these don't seem to happen with HDMI 2. I haven't got a lot of play time on either of the two HDMI's, but HDMI 2 has never caused me any grief.
Once again, thanks a ton! It would be great if you can also explain what exactly got my HDMI 1 signal back. Before posting here, I had tried everything you suggested other than erasing persistent storage, but not in the order you listed, and I hadn't actually pulled the plug, but just switched it off from the wall socket. Last night, I actually pulled the plug from the Oppo. Felt silly, but was better than the feeling I get with a roomful of guests watching me struggle cluelessly with a brand-new player and projector.