Here's the latest on my dvi problem I posted about earlier in this thread. Yesterday I received a new 15ft. cable from Blue Jeans Cable after returning a 15ft. and 10ft. cables to Pacific Cable. I had to pull the TV (Mits 48413) out a bit further from the wall in order to get everything hooked up. I turned everything on, and I finally had a picture over DVI resembling something usuable. It happened to be on an analog channel, so it looked like crap, but at least it wasn't green and full of static. I was feeling pretty good as I shut everything off again and moved the TV back into proper position. Then the green static returned! As it turns out, I guess I didn't have the cable set quite right in the TV input. I don't know how everyone else's TVs are, but there seems to be a lot of flex and play on how the DVI cable fits. On my second attempt I was able to get the two screws fully into position whereas they just didn't seem to want to go on my first attempt. Now I'm thinking that maybe my whole problem with the first cables were user error, although I'm amazed that after as many times as I unplugged and re-plugged them to try and fix the problems that at no time were they ever right. I guess the lesson to all is to really check those connections if you're having DVI problems, even though I thought I had repeatedly
As far as the pic quality, I definitely notice a difference. I have applied the same user and PerfectColor settings derived via Avia on my DVD component input to the component and DVI inputs for the cable box. The DVI connection has a very noticible differenence in red. It was also several notches brighter resulting in an initially washed-out picture. I dropped the brightness a few notches and it seems to be much better. It might also be slightly sharper. As I said, the TV settings are the same, so this has to be a result of either the different connection or the cheap component cables. I'm using the cables on the 6412 that were provided by Cox, and they're probably about 10-12ft. I'm hoping this weekend to do a comparison with my AR Master series cables that are currently on the dvd player.
One thing I haven't figured out is how these two components are/aren't interacting. I get the DVI connection working and then turn everything off. At this point I can turn either component on first and everything still works fine. However, the last couple of times I've turned everything off and gone away for several hours, it seems as though they've had a fight at some point and are no longer on speaking terms
. It's happened about 3 times, and I've been able to get things flowing again by pushing the menu button while the 6412 is off (which gives you the screen where you set TV type, scanning rate, etc.) I haven't tried it yet with only the DVI connected. Is it possible that the 6412 recognizes the component connection and defaults to it? In the mean time I'm going to go back and try to re-read the comments from other 6412 DVI users, and hope that Cox will include a DVI tweak with the dual tuner software.