Hello to all, recent new Pioneer SC-07 owner here.
I just bought an HP Pavilion notepad and am trying to get the HDMI out working to enjoy the notepad's output on my home theather system. I can get the picture on the screen, but no sound. I have already spent 3-4 hours with HP tech support, no luck.
Looked at the thread's first post and did a thread search, but no quick luck.
Here are the technical details:
Setup: Laptop -> HDMI 1.3 -> Pioneer SC-07 -> HDMI 1.3 -> Pioneer 141FD
SC-07 Firmware: 220.127.116.1168 (2008-06-11) (Is there a newer firmware available?)
The laptop is a Pavilion dv7-1123ca, an "entertainment" notebook with a Blu-Ray optical drive. The graphical card is an ATI Radeon HD 3200 and the audio is an HD solution by IDT. OS is Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit.
My initial gut feel reaction was that it's a problem with the notepad, since I see that no audio over HDMI is a common issue, but after spending 4 hours with HP, doing a full system recovery of the notepad to the factory Windows image, upgrading the latest drivers and the fact that it's a "basic" issue (Buy notepad, turn it on, plug hdmi cable, set HDMI as default audio device, observe no sound....), I'm starting to wonder if it might be some incompatibility between the notepad and the SC-07. One of the reasons is that the notepad, in the playback tab of the sound menu, has a led-like level meter for each output, and it does "move" (light up) when audio should be output from the HDMI out. Also, the IDT HD Sound control panel does present an active frequency bar graph of the HDMI out.
Since my monitor does not have speakers (or any sound processing), this means I have only one device in my house that accepts an HDMI input, so I cannot test the notepad's HDMI output on other equipment. I do have a blu-ray player (the BDP-05FD) and of course, I get the sound from the receiver when testing the input I am using for the notepad.
I have tried two different HDMI cable between notepad and receiver. Both times, the 1920x1080 picture was seen on the monitor, but no sound detected by the SC-07.
When I connect the equipment, I see the HDMI light on the SC-07 blink and then light up (I'm guessing that when that light is lit, it means that the HDMI connection is active, and if it turns off, then the handshake is "broken").
Has anyone else tried to connect a computer through HDMI to the SC-07? If so, were you successfull, and did you have to change any settings in the receiver? I took a quick look in the receiver's menus, but being plugged in HDMI 1 input, it seems to me that there are no settings at all I can change that could affect the input processing.
Is there a way to monitor what the SC-07 thinks it's seeing on the signal, besides the front display panel? I've only had the equipment for 2-3 weeks and have not yet had the time to go through the manuals or event "play" with the equipment.
Thanks in advance!
Update: Returned the dv7-1123ca and bought another HP, the HDX18 (nice machine..). This one worked pretty much out of the box! With Laptop => HDMI => SC-07 => HDMI => 141, I get the 7.1 audio from the receiver (after configuring the audio output to 7.1) and the image on the panel. I guess the problem was a software issue in the dv7 laptop. When going into the sound playback tab in Windows Vista was showing "Working" when nothing was plugged in the HDMI port, which seems to be incorrect. The store's demo unit had the same behavior.