Originally Posted by ASW
If your issues are resulting from HDCP copy protection problems as Bob suggested a while back, the following may help. One way potentially to "cure" HDCP issues is with a ViewHD 2 port 1x2 powered mini HDMI splitter. If you put this little $24 device between your Oppo and your D2v, it might work around your issue if it is in fact a HDCP copy protection issue. For what it is worth, I have a Slingbox 500 that got HDCP errors on most channels when I used the Slingbox's HDMI connection (Sling usually suggests connecting the Slingbox bothe with HDMI and component connections to deal with HDCP issues). I used this extremely small ViewHD splitter to split my HDMI out from a Tivo Roamio to my Sling and my TV and voila, no more HDCP problems -- the Sling now works on all channels at all times using just its HDMI connection. Just a thought.
Alan, Stew, Tom and others:
So, my saga is seemingly over on the whole "HDMI2 output from D2V to 7inch rack monitor" issue - the Cliff's Notes version is that I now have things working, thanks to my HDMI Detective Plus from Gefen. Here's the long story for anyone interested in my perfectly good waste of the better part of 4 days:
I tried many many things, so many I won't recount all of them - but I did purchase the ViewHD Mini and actually one of their slightly larger boxes, and neither one of them did the trick. I used them between the D2V and the little Xenarc monitor, they did nothing to fix the problem. I then tried them one at a time, between the D2V and the Main Sharp display, and still nothing. Then I dug around the basement for hours and found the HDMI Detective Plus. After testing many other things to make sure I isolated the symptoms accurately and provded "repeatable failure", I then placed the HDMI Detective Plus between the D2V and the Main big-boy Sharp display, at the Sharp end of course, and programmed the Sharp Elite's EDID to it. Then I connected everything and did hours of testing different power on sequences, video outputs, etc. In short, the HDMI Detective Plus is working to allow me to power off the Main Sharp display and simply use the little Xenarc, with ALL sources (Oppo included!).
I believe the reason it is working is that even with the Main Display powered off, the HDMI Detective is answering the request for an EDID that is coming from the D2V - in fact, it's "tricking" the D2V into thinking there is an active display connected. When the D2V sees that, it stops trying to "negotiate" the HDMI handshake, and it simply sends the signal to both outputs. Of course, HDMI1 out is off, but HDMI2 is on and it shows the display just fine on the little 7 inch Xenarc. So, the question might also be asked "why didn't the ViewHD devices do anything in this case?"....I believe it is because my issues were not with HDCP per se, but only with the EDID situation. The ViewHD's don't do ANYTHING for EDID.
By the way, though I now have this working, and have verified EVERY video source works with it, including DVD's, Bluray's, AppleTV, DirecTV Tivo, OTA Series 3 Tivo, etc., I do have 1 "gotcha" that I cannot get rid of. The issue is with 3D sources. [Recall that I do indeed have the 3D Upgrade board in my D2V]. The HDMI Detective Plus will pass the 3D signal just fine, actually watched Avatar in 3D through the thing for hours on the Main Display (of course the little guy shuts off when in "Through" mode like this, I don't need it anyway for such things). HOWEVER! I have to manually switch one of the Dip switches on the HDMI Detective Plus before powering on the main TV in order for 3D viewing to work. The dip switch I have to toggle corresponds to the "HDCP Passthrough" option on the HDMI Detective Plus. For ALL other viewing of every other source and normal Blurays (not 3D), DVD's, everything, the switch for PassThrough should NOT be engaged. So, 95% of the time, I can just leave it in the standard position. But when using the "Through" mode (what I call my Blu-3D virtual input on the D2V), the main TV will not work at all if I don't engage HDCP PassThrough on the HDMI Detective Plus. And the evil little thing is that you cannot fix it while the TV is still on. It won't actually change anything until you powercycle the TV. So, thinking in terms of the end goal here with my fancy shmancy MX-5000 URC remote, I will need to build a Macro for the "Watch 3D Bluray" activity, such that it peforms an "If/Else" sequence where it checks the power on the TV, and if it's currently OFF, it just proceeds normally to power the right things on in order of course like always and do the normal routines. But if the TV is currently ON, the macro needs to do something like this:
Power off the TV (discrete)
Power off the D2V Main Zone (discrete)
Immediately display a reminder on the MX-5000, or play a .wav file of me saying something like "Remember to get off your ass and go flip the 4th dip switch on the HDMI Detective Plus while I pause this Macro for you."
Pause the macro with a 1 minute Delay (yes I'm slow walking 12 feet to the display)
Power On the TV (discrete)
Power On the D2V Main Zone (discrete)
Switch to "Blu-3D" input
Delay for 10 seconds
Power on the Oppo 95 (discrete)
Something like that...so, the saga is at a point where I've troubleshot it to death - Oppo still has a case opened and will be pursuing a fix if they can find one, but again, I'm not holding my breath and I need to move on with my URC programming now - have much to do there. While I was at it, and everything was pulled out, I took the opportunity to upgrade my PS Audio PWD to the Mark II board and all...been sitting on that for 2 years! Just got things back together and man do I like the new sound - I had to sit back and listen to some tunes and remember why the hell it is I put up with this crazy hobby :-)
I'll hold on to the ViewHD boxes, just in case someday I need them for another situation - call it karma, cause if I hadn't done the same years ago with the HDMI Detective Plus, I wouldn't have solved this one. It's a band-aid solution, no doubt, but I can't wait around for Anthem or Oppo or whomever to fix the root issue. I suspect even if they do, it is ripe to get screwed up again somewhere down the line.
Cheers gents! And thanks again to all who helped me wrap my feable brain around this one.