Originally Posted by JRoX85
yes red light is solid, but the strange thing is that I pulled the receiver out of my game room working, which leads me to believe it's something with pairing
Semantics....there is no such thing as pairing with HDMI like a cell phone pairing with Bluetooth.
The correct terminology which would make it clear to everyone trying to help you is handshake
Actually, "HDCP" to be perfectly accurate. The handshake is a set a encrypted copy protection protocols that MUST be passed between the source and the display or there will be no video/audio.
With a receiver in the middle, there are 2 parts to the handshake - the receiver has to accept the protocol sent by source to a HDMI receiver chip, match it with its onboard data. It that's good, then the signal gets regenerated & sent to the display by the receiver's HDMI transmitter chip and that's where problems can occur. It's all supposed to be backwards compatible between all the versions of HDMI (1.0 to 1.4) but in reality, sometimes it doesn't work. Cable/sat boxes can be problematic.
Not trying to be picky, since I think I know what you meant by pairing, but it's not an accurate description & is misleading to someone trying to help
If the red LED on the receiver is on steady, NOT blinking, then there is nothing wrong with the handshake and the signal is being passed from source to display. If it is blinking, then the handshake is not going to the TV and there is nothing you can do about it, other than try cables or possibly use a different input on the rec. The handshake uses an identifier code, which all devices will have, so if there's a mismatch between what's embedded in the receiver or source and the TV, the handshake can't be made and you'll get no video/audio even if the connection is electrically sound.
Just because it worked in your game room is irrelevant. Different TV so not an indicator of what will work with the Samsung unless it's the same model TV, of course.
I think you're trying to set up a Pass-through from your post but I could be wrong, since it's not clear what you are experiencing from your posts.
If you really do have no picture when the receiver is turned on and the red light is steady, I suggest making sure you have the player and cable box resolutions are correctly set to match your samsung.
Cable boxes, DVR's - 1080i max if HD capable, 480i if std definition.
Blu-ray player - set to Auto, 1080p