Originally Posted by michaelsfutter
First of all, thanks to all of you who are regulars here. I've been lurking around these forums learning from you all for the past few weeks.
I recently purchased my first HTIB, finally making the jump to "real audio."
I've finally configured my SA 8300HD DVR from Time Warner (Rochester, NY) for the proper display settings and digital output (via digital optical).
As soon as I made these sweeping changes, I noticed a major problem. The DVR is connected to my TV via HDMI and to the A/V Receiver via digital optical cable. The DVR is set to "Dolby Digital" (as opposed to HDMI).
Now, whenever I turn on the box or switch inputs (to use my XBox 360, Wii, etc.) or turn the box off, I get snow... even when the box is off. I saw a couple of other posts about this, but didn't see any resolution.
If I press the "HD/Zoom" button on the DVR remote, it will cycle through and correct the picture. Also, if I jump from an HD channel to an SD channel (or vice versa), it corrects.
Is this a firmware bug or is my box going/gone bad?
If it's a firmware problem, am I better off with component cables?
I've got a home service call scheduled for Saturday and I'm not letting them take my existing box (with all of my recording preferences) until I test the new box for the same issue.
I've tested the HDMI cable, TV HDMI port(s), digital optical cable, and the resolution settings (by restoring the default of only 1080i). Only this combination (HDMI for video, digital optical for sound, set to Dolby Digital) causes this problem.
Any help that anyone offers will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
TV: Samsung DLP (HLS4266W)
DVR: SA 8300HD
HTIB: Onkyo HT-S790