Originally Posted by soapman72
Thanks for the detailed replies. The sony DVD player is putting out 480i over component. The cables are new (although this doesnt mean they are good), but I'll check the cables at both ends for proper insertion into the jacks. BTW, if a cable was bad, and 1 certainly could be, wouldnt the other 2 ensure the picture wasnt lost, just messed up? Just wondering........
Also, I wondered about HDMI being at the root of the problem, since that is how I connect to my TV. Are there periodic "handshake" events that occur between the Anthem and the TV while watching?? I did just make it through a 2 hour movie without incident.......
I also thought about the layer change idea, but although we have all seen the little freeze that sometimes occurs at the time of the layer change, I've never seen the video go away, and for what it's worth, the blue screen happened 2x during Casino Royale, so it wasn't the issue that time for sure.
I'll update if I find anything.
We had one poster report a rather bizarre problem where Component 480i input was not being handled correctly by the Anthem. The symptom was that the input resolution (as reported in the Video Source Adjust / Info panel) was being detected as 480x1440i or even 482x1440i instead of the correct 480x720i. The result was either that his input video was not recognized (blue screen) or that he had a picture with visible vertical resolution artifacts. The V1.11e software did not help.
Anthem was in the process of scheduling a unit swap out for this poster when the V1.11g software became available. V1.11g was supposed to address some other, rare, Component video issues. They had him try it, and voila the problem was fixed! Now the V1.11g software has been reported to have audio problems with the Toshiba HD-DVD players that do not exist in the V1.11e software so it isn't normally the one I would recommend. And Anthem has not come out with a newer version yet that's better (at least we've had no reports here). But if you check Video Source Adjust / Info and see that 480x1440 input resolution reported, or if you switch to 480p input and the problem goes away, then you should definitely give Anthem tech support a call.
Many people are using Component 480i input without issues, so it is not known what was peculiar about this one, reported unit.
Normally if you drop just one of the Component cables you will still get imaging, but the colors will be off. However the Anthem has to get enough of a signal to detect "sync" -- the timings of the video. If that's what you lose then the Anthem will revert to assuming no input signal, and will generate a blue screen.
Your HDMI output will periodically re-check that HDCP (copy protection) is still good. Normally you don't see that, although it takes a second. But if the HDCP check fails, then the video output will be shut down while the Anthem retries. And thus you can get a blue screen for a second or two during the retry and until the proper connection is re-established. As I said in my first reply, that's what the timing on your blue flashes sounds like. But since you are *NOT* seeing them with other sources, that can't be what's going on.
One other thing to check: For each of your sources, select that source in the Anthem, then press and hold the "7" key until the Video Source Adjust menu comes up, then scroll to the Output panel and then down to the Frame Lock line, and confirm that Frame Lock = OFF for each of your sources.
If Frame Lock = Auto is set for your Component 480i source, that could be part of the problem.