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post #1 of 6
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Hi All,

I purchased last weekend a new setup and wanted to hook my PC to it to be a server for movies, as well as be the player for DVDs and Blu Rays (new drive installed at the same time). Here is what I have:

TV = Panasonic P60ST50 (updated to latest firmware) HDCP COMPLIANT
Receiver = Denon AVR2113ci (updated to latest firmware) HDCP COMPLIANT
PC has an Asus Blu Ray Drive, and XFX Geforce 8800GTS video card (updated to latest Nvidia drivers) HDCP COMPLIANT

I also purchased a DVI-HDMI cable from Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270113)

I am connecting in the following manner:

Cable Box to receiver via hdmi cable
PC to receiver via DVI-HDMI cable
Receiver to TV via hdmi cable through HDMI (ARC) ports on receiver and TV as per the instructions

When I connect everything, it seems to work good. DVDs play, desktop outputs to TV. Sound is via an optical cable and works great. However, when I try to play a Blu-Ray via PowerDVD or Windvd, it says that I'm not HDCP compliant. PowerDVD's BD Adviser gave me this log:

DEBUG_CLDetect_LCARS_2012_09_05_01_35_52.zip 3k .zip file

The problem is the entry "Video Connection Type : Digital (without HDCP)". Could this be due to the DVI-HDMIcable I purchased? Is there another type of DVI-HDMI converter I need to get? I know that there are different DVI ports - could this be the issue? Windows 7 does detect my Receiver as the display, but says that it is via the DVI plug, not hdmi - should this be like this?

I am trying to avoid buying a new video card as this setup should work. The only bogey here seems to be the cable, but what do I know???

Thanks,

Joe
post #2 of 6
DVI is NOT HDCP compliant. Connect the PC to the receiver with a HDMI cable and you should be good to go.

You need video card that supports HDMI... Nvidia GT430...or Radeon 4350
IMHO: Look for a fan-less card. little fans make allot of noise.


Get your HDMI cables from Amazon and save some bucks.
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post #3 of 6
In my opinion, spend $100 on a WD Live. Connect the WD Live to the receiver, point it at the library on your PC and call it a day. The WD Live can handle practically any video file you throw at it, and you won't have to swap your HDMI cable back and forth (assuming you would use HDMI to your monitor).
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by billdacat View Post

DVI is NOT HDCP compliant. Connect the PC to the receiver with a HDMI cable and you should be good to go.
You need video card that supports HDMI... Nvidia GT430...or Radeon 4350
IMHO: Look for a fan-less card. little fans make allot of noise.
Get your HDMI cables from Amazon and save some bucks.
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Some DVI ports are definitely HDCP compliant.
post #5 of 6
My mistake.about DVi-HDCP....But the OP is having issues with HDCP,.... A newer graphics card that supports HDMI would definitely cure his woes.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by billdacat View Post

Get your HDMI cables from Amazon and save some bucks.
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