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post #1411 of 1432
Brian,
I'm not quite sure what you are asking, but if you are looking for the base for that TV, I'm pretty sure I still have one as i took it off when I wall mounted mine. You can PM me if interested.

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post #1412 of 1432
Is it possible to install a two way cablecard for my xbr1? My cable company is adding channels but my one way card cannot recieve them. Wondering if a two way card functions in the xbr1. Thanks
post #1413 of 1432
I was researching something else relating to this TV and found out that there was a software update that Sony put out in 2006 relating to this TV. I have been experiencing the problem fixed by the software update for the last couple years but just thought a power surge was shutting off the TV intermittingly not a software bug.

Sony has since discontinued sending out the software fix and I was wondering if anyone still had the USB drive that was sent by Sony with the software fix. I thought this would be my best chance of someone having it. Thanks!
post #1414 of 1432
I'm sorry if this is being posted in the wrong place. Please let me know and I will move it. I have a Sony KDL-V40XBR1 tv, which has been excellent for as long as I've had it. It's probably 5 or 6 years old. I have noticed in the last day that especially when viewing a light colored background, there will be a horizontal "shadow" that is maybe 2 to 4 inches high that slowly rises from the bottom of the screen to the top. Some of the horizontal bands are wider than others, and it isn't always noticeable. But in a picture that doesn't have a lot of movement, like say, someone talking while standing next to a white or light colored wall, it is pretty apparent. Any ideas what this is?

I have noticed this while watching shows off a Comcast multiroom DVR/cable box connected with the three video cables (I forget the term now).

Thanks for any help. This was a $2400 tv with a Sony Friends and Family discount, and top of the line at the time. I'd rather straighten it out than replace it, but know I can get more for a lot less now if it comes to that.
post #1415 of 1432
Sounds like you are on a component connection. Are you able to take a picture of the problem? I can't really envision it. Have you changed any of the cables recently? Maybe make sure they are all secure?

Brandon
post #1416 of 1432
Yes, component. Sorry I couldn't think of the word. I just switched the cable box to HDMI (I had my Oppo DVD player in the only HDMI outlet) and I *think* the trouble is gone. As I look at it, I don't really think a digital picture will do the image justice anyway. It's a subtle horizontal shadow, like a slightly green tinted horizontal piece of glass that travels from the bottom of the screen to the top of the screen slowly. So rather than see a white background, if that is what is on the screen, you will see a white background with a slightly green cast horizontal area slowly working its way up the screen.

I assume that there are HDMI splitters that I can buy so I can plug both my cable box and my DVD player into the single HDMI port on the back of the Sony. I'm sure that's better than using component cable in any event.
post #1417 of 1432
I'm trying to hook up a MacBook (2009) to this TV (26-inch model), and the Mini-DVI port on the computer doesn't output audio to the HDMI port on the TV. This wouldn't be a problem except I can't seem to get the two analog RCA inputs to play sound. I've tried playing sound from the headphone ports on the MacBook, from my cell phone (T-Mobile G2x), and even an iPod. I've tried this with nothing in the HDMI as well as with the HDMI cable connected and displaying a picture. I tried the iPod in the side input (Input 2) and it played just fine, even with no picture hooked up.
Have any of you managed to play audio through the HDMI (Input 6) analog input?
post #1418 of 1432
This Bravia has served me very well for 7-8 years. Recently, the picture has started occasionally and intermittenly cutting out.. It goes to a white, snowy screen, while the audio continues as normal.

The immediate fix is to turn off power to the TV and turn it back on. The picture returns.

Any idea how to address this?

I am watching on a Comcast DVR box, and have been for years. We recently upgraded our Comcast service and got a new DVR box.I don't think the problem is related to the box - I think it's the TV - but anything's possible.
post #1419 of 1432
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This Bravia has served me very well for 7-8 years. Recently, the picture has started occasionally and intermittenly cutting out.. It goes to a white, snowy screen, while the audio continues as normal.
The immediate fix is to turn off power to the TV and turn it back on. The picture returns.
Any idea how to address this?
I am watching on a Comcast DVR box, and have been for years. We recently upgraded our Comcast service and got a new DVR box.I don't think the problem is related to the box - I think it's the TV - but anything's possible.

does it do it on all Video inputs?

I assume you are using HDMI?
post #1420 of 1432
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does it do it on all Video inputs?
I assume you are using HDMI?

Yes, I am using HDMI.

I have not noticed it on the DVD input, but I do most of my viewing on the cable box. I'm pretty sure this only happens on the cable box/HDMI input so far.

It's pretty intermittent. And when it happens you can sort of feel it coming on - maybe occacional pops to black, and then cutting out to snow.

I've wondered if there is some sort of video buffer that can get filled up (if that's the right terminology).
post #1421 of 1432
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Yes, I am using HDMI.
I have not noticed it on the DVD input, but I do most of my viewing on the cable box. I'm pretty sure this only happens on the cable box/HDMI input so far.
It's pretty intermittent. And when it happens you can sort of feel it coming on - maybe occacional pops to black, and then cutting out to snow.
I've wondered if there is some sort of video buffer that can get filled up (if that's the right terminology).

try another input- I was wondering if it was an HDMI handshake issue (HDCP)
post #1422 of 1432
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try another input- I was wondering if it was an HDMI handshake issue (HDCP)

Had it on cable for awhile last night, and the problem reappeared. Then watched for awhile on the VHS input - no problem.

After your reply I read about HDMI handshake issues and that might be it. I think the problem appeared after we upgraded Comcast service and got a newer box. (But I doubt it's a HDCP/copyrightprotection issue).

I'll plan to disconnect the HDMI cable, wait 20 minutes, reconnect.
post #1423 of 1432
To close the book on this: I tried other inputs that were hooked up to DVD and VHS, no problems.

My wife had the bright idea of swapping out the HDMI cable, and that worked.

So if anyone reads this because they have a similar issue, make sure you try this pretty basic suggestion early in the process.
post #1424 of 1432
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Originally Posted by cooper96 View Post

To close the book on this: I tried other inputs that were hooked up to DVD and VHS, no problems.
My wife had the bright idea of swapping out the HDMI cable, and that worked.
So if anyone reads this because they have a similar issue, make sure you try this pretty basic suggestion early in the process.

that was going to be my next suggestion- glad it worked out for you
post #1425 of 1432
Thanks for your replies. Raising it as an HDMI issue ultimately let to the solution.
post #1426 of 1432
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!
post #1427 of 1432
It's been awhile since I've been on this forum, but I recall in the past people have looked for the pedestal base for a KDL-V40XBR1. I recently relocated and have the base and screws. Pls PM if interested. I trust it is okay to make this post but apologize if I violated any rules.
post #1428 of 1432
I'm moving the KDL-V40XBR1 to another room where a cable card should be sufficient. The TV has always been hooked-up to a FIOS cable box via HDMI and never used a cable card. I inserted the FIOS supplied cable card into the slot and I got the activation information menu (card ID, Host ID, Data) but that quickly went away and I can't get it back so I can't activate it. The info is not available in the TV menu and I tried resetting the card via the menu, re-installing the card, unplugging the TV's power cord and I just can't get that needed information back. Has anybody been through this before?

Martin
post #1429 of 1432
Sounds like the CableCard went bad.

Do you hvae anohter to try, for comparison testing.
post #1430 of 1432
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Originally Posted by sbagdon View Post

Sounds like the CableCard went bad.

Do you hvae anohter to try, for comparison testing.

No, they're sending me a new one so we'll see.
post #1431 of 1432
So I got a replacement card and it did the same exact thing as the first one with the activation menu coming up for a few seconds with all the necessary data then the TV shut down and there was no way for me to get the data back. But this time I was prepared, I filmed the TV screen as I was installing the card so I was able to capture all the data and then the activation went fine. It's all working fine now even though the TV menu that's supposed to show me the card's data is still not showing anything.
post #1432 of 1432
Hello all.

I don't know if I should ask here, or start a new thread, but I figured since this has had recent activity...

I have the V32 XBR1 that has served me well for many years now. However, today, while the set was on and playing a football game, I leave for a few minutes, then come back and notice that the screen is blank - totally blank except for the faint glow of the backlight (it's in the bedroom which was dark so you can tell when the TV is on even when there is no picture because of the backlight glow). However, I still hear sound, so I flip channels on the cable box thinking that the cable was freaking out (it does do that from time to time). The channels changed but still a blank black screen on the TV the whole time.

Then I hit the volume button, and noticed that the volume bar didn't display, but the volume did change - that's the TV's internal graphic and it didn't show up. I clicked through the inputs (I have the HD cable on component, upconverting DVD player on component and a laserdisc player on composite), no input label display graphics for those either as I switched through them, and no image from those inputs.

I've read something about the inverter. They usually say the image will be dim, or that you could see something if you shine a flashlight at an angle to the screen. I see nothing - absolutely nothing. No ghosting, faint image or anything. But I can see the faint very dark-gray overall glow of the screen when I turn the set on, and see it go completely pitch black when I turn it off. That's how I can tell that the backlight is still lighting up.

If the backlight is still working, what else could it be? Is it some other board that could be easily replaced?

Or, could it be something bigger and I'm screwed? Has this thing finally bit the dust?

Any ideas would be appreciated. And if this does need to be it's own thread, I'll be happy to start one.

Thanks.
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