Just picked up a KDL40XBR1, to add to my KDL26XBR1. Have run in to two issues... CableCard, and RGB input.
CableCard: the 26 has been using a cablecard for a few years now, it wasn't fun, yet got it working. Turned out the Sonys have to have an S-card, not an M-card, which causes intermittant video blinking. Yet once working, it's been great, it even dealt well with an upgrade in channel selection. Finally got around to moving the CableCard from the 26 to the 40, and it didn't go well. First try, got them the info, they sent "the signal", got channel names, yet no video. They said wait 45min, called back in an hour, they tried a few more times re-entereing and sending the signal. Finally gave up, told them to put the card back in the 26, they did their work, and now the 26 has channel names, yet no video. Put it all back on the 40, figuring if it's going to take a while, might as well let it take that time on the 40. Still no joy, let it run overnight, yet still only channel names, and no video. Says either "no signal", or "can't decode signal". The issue is, this card worked great for years on the 26, and now they can't get it back, much less move it forward. Was going to stop off and get a new cablecard, just in case it chose this moment to die. Then try it all again.
So, is there anything Comcast can do on their side? Do I have to do something on my side, after Comcast sends the activiation signal? Thx!
RGB input: one small issue with the 40... it doesn't appear to want to display 1366x768 from the htpc. On the 26, the htpc would say it was outputting 1366x768, and the 26 would display and note 1366x768. Yet on the 40, the htpc says it's outputing 1366x768, yet the 40 says it's displaying 1280x768, and there's little black bars on both sides that look right around 86 pixels, and the video looks horizontally shrunk. So it's as if the 40 is taking it in at 1366x768, then compressing it to 1280x768, with the side black bars.
Is there some secret to get the 40 to display 1366x768, from a 1366-x768 input? Thx!