Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Gulf Coast, Alabama
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There might be a better forum to discuss the following issues, so if if have a suggestion, I will post the questions there. However, since these are follow-ups to this build, I will ask them there as two issues have popped up.
1) I am getting some video artifacts / video drops. Occasionally, I am seeing horizontal blueish artifacts pop on an off the screen in various places for less than a second. Often times, I will then get total video loss for about a second or two. This happens more often when I am playing a video in XMBC, but I get it occasionally at the desktop as well. Note: I now have the HTPC plunged into my Onkyo HT-RC260 receiver and then onto my Panasonic. I did not recall having this problem when I was setting up the box up connected directly to my LG screen, so this leads me to believe there is a problem with the HDMI cables, even though I have not had a problem with them in the past. Besides switching out the cables, do you have any other suggestions?
2) This leads to my second issue. I was having similar overscanning issues on my Panasonic as I was having on my LG screen above. I have discovered that my Panasonic overscans on HDMI1 but not on HDMI2. Naturally, I moved the input from my receiver to from HDMI1 to HDMI2. This solved the overscanning on the HTPC, but I didn't realize how needed the overscanning is for my set-top cable box. The lack over overscanning makes certain channels unwatchable with the static at the top and bottom of the screen. One solution would be to have the HTPC connected directly to HDMI2 and the receiver on HDMI1, but then I would no longer have HDMI sound to the receiver. Instead I would use the S/PDIF Out to the receiver I suppose. Is this a sacrifice that I will have to make if the overscanning bothers me, or is there another solution?
Thanks for the suggestions.