Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Well I always listen what the experts tell me but next time I will partly listen to them but at the same time I will use my gut instinct .
See Its well known (on the net, on Harmony.com) That whenever you use a Harmony Remote you must turn off your HDMI CEC function and in my case for LG its called "SIMPLINK" as simplink interferes with the Harmony Remote switching of HDMI inputs.
Now because my Hecto Laser Projector must the the only tv that has an input list that never ever stays in the same order (all my other tv's in the house the input list stays in the same order, THEY NEVER CHANGE ) its becomes impossible to use a Harmony remote as its a hit or miss scenario and the remote is doing the correct thing but like our Australian Politicians that have a habit of moving the goal posts while the game is in motion and for the Harmony remote the remote moved to what it thought was its correct position but the correct HDMI has moved to another location.
I tried just about everything and nothing fixed it 100%, I contacted Harmony.com and they helped me. it fixed two out of 3 HDMI switching's but at the end of the day the remote was useless.
So after desperation I came up with an idea that in my Activities for all the HDMI switching's I selected NO INPUT so in other words when you selected another activity the activity would change but it had no input to go to UNTIL!!! I selected in the Hecto menu the option called "AUTO INPUT SEARCH". Well that fixed it except for one unexplainable reason when I selected Activity Hecto Movies the Oppo would turn on but it immediately bought up a window saying "A New input has been found would you like to switch to it" and because of this the Auto input search would be disabled.
To improve it more I decided to add delays in SHUTTING OFF A DEVICE and by doing this it gave me less screen down time. The procedure was, I selected another activity, The first device turned on but the previous activitity first device was delayed to shut down until the new activity first device was fully booted up and the previous activity first device would shut down, the Hecto would see that and input was down and within a second it would find and connect to the newly selected activity.
This worked faultless on all activities back and forth but whenever I switched from Hecto FTA (A PVR Recorder) to Hecto Movies (Oppo 103D, Onkyo,) the oppo would for some reason bring this message on the screen telling you that another input is on and would you like to switch to it and by this message coming up it would stuff up the Auto input search function. HELP!!!! ( I tried delayed time on just about everything on the start up and shut down to fix this problem but with no success)
I disconnected the Oppo, I sat a Sony blu- ray player on HDMI connected it and manually selected the Sony at the correct sequence as what the Oppo was and it didn't bring any message up and allowed the Hecto to switch automatically to its correct input. I tried three other devices (old not used HDMI devices) and all worked Perfectly but as soon as I reconnected the Oppo it would bring the Horrible message up. I searched the Oppo's menu to see if there is something in there that I can shut down to stop it from bringing this message up but found nothing.
The wife said to me to give up and after hearing that I spat the dummy and turned the remote to pieces of plastic.
Three hours later with no working Harmony remote Myself, the wife, the son we all became a Harmony remote as we all had remotes in our hands (All the devices) and we switched away (correct timings) and as expected the problem was their. I even grabbed the Oppo remote, pre-turned on the correct Oppo HDMI and switched the Oppo on and that message still came on but this time!!!!! I decided to turn on the SIMPLINK setting on the Hecto and the message disappeared.
Yes I read everywhere on the net including Harmony.com DO NOT USE THE SIMPLINK function but at the same time in defense for the Harmony I wasn't using the Harmony HDMI switching but back on track as soon as I activated Simplink the three of us simulated the correct Harmony sequence the best we could with two stop watches and the Hecto auto input search switched the Oppo to its correct input everytime. We tested it about 5 more times at every angle from different activities and it worked correctly.
My poor Harmony remote.
Now what happens in the future if more TV's have this pain in the rear feature of all inputs doing what they want by moving into any position they Feel like. (just a short note, active inputs stay on the left hand side but even then they while active can still jump in any order they feel like on the left hand side).
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