Originally Posted by cheftuskey121
Actually I didnt know they were rebadged 8800s. I thought the 9800gt was one of the best in the single card nVidia series you could get. I dont want to downgrade to a 9600 :/ I just came up from a 9400, and love the graphics I am getting. do you know of any problems with the newer 200 series? Also, a temporary-permanent fix (if ever a word exists) is that when turning my receiver and tv on, I can just switch receiver inputs with my remote from a blank input to hdmi 1 and it will be fine. sometimes it takes one switch, sometimes more. but it beats getting up. thanks again for all the help so far
Well, there's the 9800gtx+ or the GTS250 (a 9800gtx+ really) also, which work great with the HDAV1.3.
The underlying problem is of course HDMI bad handshaking. I don't have a precise explanation, but Geforce 8 (and older) cards are more "PC monitor" oriented than HDTV/HDMI oriented, and even with new drivers lack the added compatibility with HDMI video/audio devices of newer cards.
So i would suggest some alternatives, from simplest or most conservative to wildest but best
1. Try older drivers, especially 18x.xx (you can get them off Guru3d.com).
2. So far I've had NO success using the EDID override technique on older cards (Geforce 8 and below, ATI 3xxx and below). We could try this alternative anyway. Follow the link on my sig, and then click on the "step 3" link inside. You'll do step 1 & 2 to capture the full 256-bit EDID, BOTH of your HDTV and of your AVR. You must capture the [real-edid] EDID with moninfo in each case. Then post both EDIDs (just copy & paste) and I'll have a look at them to produce an overriden monitor driver that you'll install. Maybe this will work for you.
3. For a new card alternative, there're the two Geforce 9 cards I have suggested above. The GT200 series should be fine, although I don't have direct experience with them on a HDAV1.3. If you get handshaking issues with the latter anyway, an EDID override can always be tried.
4. Buy a Gefen HDMI Detective Plus. This is a 100% safe solution, albeit for $100!
5. The BEST alternative right now anyway, if you like, would be to just e-bay both the 9800gt and the Slim, and get an ATI 5770 (or even a 5750) which easily beats any of the above cards in performance at great price. On top of that you get the ability to bitstream wherever you want, from TMT3 (a patch is about to be released) to 7MC.
Phew ... there's no more to do than this, I guess, so make your choice ...