Well, heres the latest. My friend that I work for doing alarms and AV, happens to be pretty damn brilliant. He had been bugging me to bring him the board itself to look at. So yesterday, after work I took it to his house to get a verdict on weather it could be fixed at that level.
After looking it over, ( and laughing because Im out of my mind asking to fix such a tiny board) at first he wasnt optimistic. Theres a blown cap visable on the board but it is SMALL and of unknown value. And he guessed, being that the cap was on the underside of the eeprom chip, this thing was prob toast.
At that point we opened up the repair manual .pdf and he gave me some interesting news. Apparently ( I dont know how to read schematics lol) on the board, following the HDMI signal path is several protection circuits(?) protecting the important chips. So he assured me this was a VERY good thing. If those protection circuits did indeed take the hit, he was fairly confident he could fix it!
SO while I have a little hope now, I realize this is the final crapshoot. Wish me luck!
And if he does fix it, man hes gonna own me for awhile lol