Grrr... I've finally been stumped.
Spent the last 24h trying to fight with new laptop (XPS17) to fight with my trusty 9.8. FW is 1.07 (understood back in the day that 1.07 and 1.08 were identical save for the saving of Audessy when upgrading from a lower FW, but I could be on crack). All the links are broken to dl 1.08 just for giggles, so that option's out for now.
Two major issues occur:
1) 1080p/60hz will not work, or at least won't work consistently. Doesn't matter how it's wired, it just gives me black screen into my Kuro. Hook the same cable into the TV direct, works fine. I'm running a long-ish, quality cable to a 4x1 switch, then into the Integra. Yes, I tried a shorter cable, and directly into the unit, no go. Playing with HDMI control settings in the menu, I actually managed to get it to work last night briefly. Today, no matter what, no go.
In Win7, the device that shows up in the HDMI chain (for resolution settings, etc.) is the 9.8, not the TV on the other side of the chain (makes sense for audio, of course, but doesn't help with my second issue).
My only workaround for now is to set it to 1080i, or 1080p/24hz and, miraculously, I get a signal. Even went so far as to "rent" from BestBuy a silly top-end Monster cable just so I could put any silliness to rest regarding 1.3/1.4 cable madness.
2) No matter what I did, HDCP would fail for BD playback. Again, direct into the TV bypassing the AVR, perfecto. Only way 'round is to use AnyDVD. The pain is that at 24hz from the laptop in conjunction with AnyDVD the video stutters. Again, having had it work for an hour or so yesterday at 60hz had things swimming, but still no accounting for why the (legal) HDCP chain is broken in the first place.
Any ideas? Is 1.07>1.08 something I should do for the hell of it? Anybody still have their zip files?