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Most custom installers avoid using the long drill bits, as they can cause more grief than imaginable.
What if the cable is getting held up on something else?
If you really want to avoid drywall work, you can invest in a 'snake camera', to look up into the wall, though it won't tell you what's on the other side of the stud that you can see, and it won't keep your bit centered in the stud.
How much more work would it be to paint the whole wall, after cutting?
The HDMI connector may fit through the existing hole - wouldn't hurt to try it, although you may lose your easy access if your pull cord breaks or disconnects from the cable. The camera would show you the size of the hole.
I know HD or Lowe's sells the Rigid snake camera - maybe they rent, too, or a plumbing supply store may rent, or maybe another local rental place will have one. Make some calls.
The camera is <$200.
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