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Based on your post, I'm assuming you are feeding the hdmi signal to the receiver, and then on to the TV from the receiver.
Since the HD-DVD player is indicating 1080i on the front panel, I expect it is outputting 1080i to the receiver successfully. You may have a handshake issue going on between the receiver and the TV which sometimes has to do with the order in which you turn components on. If you switch the TV to a different input, and then back to the hdmi input you are connected to, do you get anything then?
Does your new receiver have some menu settings that display on the TV? Do they display OK using the hdmi connection from the receiver to the TV?
To confirm the player is providing a 1080i signal, you might try connecting the HD-DVD player directly to a hdmi connection on the TV as a test. If that works, then you know the player is functioning?
Looking over the manual for this player, it seems pretty limited on the audio output side as well - doesn't seem to support lossless audio codecs very well.
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