My HTPC is based on the Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H - and I'm having some real problems on my Pioneer VSX-919AH-K receiver to do HDMI switching between my other sources and the HTPC - namely from my X-Box 360, TV.
When I switch from a source to HTPC, I often get a black screen for 5-10 seconds... sometimes staying black indefinitely. In the latter case, I have to restart the machine or bring up the Task Manager and force quite Vista Media Center. Often in those cases, I've noticed that the video resolution has changed from 1920x1080/32bit to 1280x800/16bit. VMC does not like that mode, and so the screen stays black. Force quitting, resetting the display settings and restarting VMC does the trick that's the part that I've lost all patience with
Initially, I thought this problem was because my ATI drivers were out of date. So I tried to update the drivers and because of ATI's incredibly bad driver installation packages, I ended up rebuilding the entire system from scratch - that's another story. But the good news is I have a newly built OS, from scratch with the latest ATI driver and Catalyst Control Center software working properly however the HDMI switching problem continues.
The ATI re-installation/rebuilding process was with Gigabyte's service people involvement. At the end, my original problem was not fixed, so Gigabyte say that it is because of Pioneer's HDCP handshaking and that it forces the video card to a low resolution that HDCP does not protect.
Pioneer of course says its Gigabyte's problem.
My post is to collect information from those that have this motherboard and an HTPC to see if this receiver can switch nicely from one source to the HTPC input - without these kinds of issues.
I would really appreciate if those that run an this motherboard with an AV receiver via HDMI weight-in - and identify appropriate components - and of course most importantly, how the HDMI switching is working
If you happen to have both this motherboard and the Pioneer VSX-919AH-K (or similar models - Pioneer says that the HDMI switching is the same with VSX-1019AH), please also post in this thread:The Official Pioneer VSX-1019AH Owner's Thread
Thanks to anyone that responds...