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post #3121 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Jedi2016 View Post

For those that were curious, I seem to have discovered the problem with my "scrambling" of 1080p signals on my Westy 47.

To recap for those that didn't read it earlier, I had a problem where, whenever the PS3 switched between a game/movie/XMB at 1080p, the image would become scrambled, and I'd have to switch to a different input, then back again, in order to fix it. Not a huge problem, because it was easily fixable, but it was indeed annoying.

Today I did some good ol' fashioned hands-on troubleshooting to isolate the problem. First I tried plugging the PS3 directly into HDMI. I'd avoided this at first (running instead to DVI1 using a HDMI>DVI cable) because of the "flickering" problem and some scattered reports of questionable 1080p support through the HDMI (see the Audioholics review of the TV for an example).

Anyway, I plugged it into HDMI this morning. No scrambling problem. But, it did exhibit ye olde flickering on/off when I tried playing GTHD. No flickering on Motorstorm (720p), so it seems to be specific to 1080p signals. I don't think there's a fix for this problem short of a firmware update, so I scrapped that idea pretty quick.

Then I tried moving it over to the other DVI port on the opposite side of the TV. Bam, problem solved. No flickering (which never seems to happen on DVI for some reason), and no more scrambling. I only played with it for about a half hour, but it had no problems at all in switching back and forth between games, movies, anything. In and out of the XMB, no problems at all.

So what I thought was a software/firmware issue seems to be a simple hardware problem. Something in the DVI1 port on my TV doesn't like 1080p signals. Luckily, the TV has a second DVI port that doesn't have the problem, so it looks like I'm golden.

Great news! Congrats!
post #3122 of 32084
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Originally Posted by bommai View Post

If you live in a bigger metro area, you should try craigslist.org too. You can get local buyers and the process is much smoother. No fees.

I sold my Xbox, old DVD player, my iPod, two TVs, one satellite receiver, two hard drives, a TV stand and a computer monitor through Craigslist over the past two months.

I thought you were going to say you sold all those things just to buy a PS3.

I kid

Brandon
post #3123 of 32084
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

I thought you were going to say you sold all those things just to buy a PS3.

I kid

Brandon

Actually, you are not kidding.

In order to buy my PS3, I sold my Xbox (which I hardly played), my iPod Mini (I wasn't listening too much anyway), and my Toshiba SD9200 DVD Audio/Video player (I figured I could give up my DVD Audio disks (I had only 6 of them) and PS3 is a better DVD video player anyway). I got $385 selling all three of these items. I put another $140 to buy the 20GB PS3 and a $25 DVD bluetooth remote.

I sold all my other stuff I listed above to buy a 61" HD-ILA JVC TV (HD-P61R1U) from Tiger Direct for $1799 (when they still had them). I got free shipping, no tax. I upgraded from a 5-year old Toshiba 57" component video only CRT RPTV to a 61" 1080P JVC with 2 HDMI inputs. Very happy with it except I had some color splotches on the screen. The local JVC service guys have taken it to the shop right now. Hopefully I will get it back fixed.

My next purchase is a HDMI audio capable receiver. However, I need to sell my Denon AVR 2803 for a decent price first. I have decided I will not buy anything new unless I can sell what I have for a decent price. I think I will probably wait for a few more months to get a better HDMI receiver. All the current ones still have too many issues.
post #3124 of 32084
hi sorry for unable to go through the whole thread to see if there is an answer to my question. My TV is sony 52 xbr3 when i watch blue ray in PS3, how can i watch it in a full screen mode. cause right now it is not full screen( i guess u know what i mean, black bands on top and bottom)
post #3125 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Ekin4112 View Post

hi sorry for unable to go through the whole thread to see if there is an answer to my question. My TV is sony 52 xbr3 when i watch blue ray in PS3, how can i watch it in a full screen mode. cause right now it is not full screen( i guess u know what i mean, black bands on top and bottom)

Aspect ratio. They're supposed to be there.
post #3126 of 32084
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Originally Posted by bommai View Post

Actually, you are not kidding.

Hat's off to you, budget shopper!

You can get a Sony STR-DG1000 for US$600 using Pricegrabber.com. If you want, that is.


fuad
post #3127 of 32084
Has anybody had any problems with Blu Ray movies pausing for 5 seconds or so several different times during playback? Mine just started doing this the other day with The Departed. I watched Open Season the next day with the same results. It happened about 3 times with Open Season and about 4 or 5 times with The Departed.
post #3128 of 32084
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Originally Posted by maverick0716 View Post

Has anybody had any problems with Blu Ray movies pausing for 5 seconds or so several different times during playback? Mine just started doing this the other day with The Departed. I watched Open Season the next day with the same results. It happened about 3 times with Open Season and about 4 or 5 times with The Departed.

Pretty common issue. Most of us experience some sort of pause during playback of BD's. Make sure your BD is spotless and some have suggested removing the ethernet connection to reduce "pauses".
post #3129 of 32084
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Originally Posted by maverick0716 View Post

Has anybody had any problems with Blu Ray movies pausing for 5 seconds or so several different times during playback? Mine just started doing this the other day with The Departed. I watched Open Season the next day with the same results. It happened about 3 times with Open Season and about 4 or 5 times with The Departed.

Just noticed it today. While watching Ice Age, a title I've had for about a month, it happened toward the end of the movie. I've been watching Underworld Evoluation for the past hour and it has paused twice. I've had mine for about a month and a half now I'm seeing this issue.
post #3130 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Jedi2016 View Post

For those that were curious, I seem to have discovered the problem with my "scrambling" of 1080p signals on my Westy 47.

To recap for those that didn't read it earlier, I had a problem where, whenever the PS3 switched between a game/movie/XMB at 1080p, the image would become scrambled, and I'd have to switch to a different input, then back again, in order to fix it. Not a huge problem, because it was easily fixable, but it was indeed annoying.

Today I did some good ol' fashioned hands-on troubleshooting to isolate the problem. First I tried plugging the PS3 directly into HDMI. I'd avoided this at first (running instead to DVI1 using a HDMI>DVI cable) because of the "flickering" problem and some scattered reports of questionable 1080p support through the HDMI (see the Audioholics review of the TV for an example).

Anyway, I plugged it into HDMI this morning. No scrambling problem. But, it did exhibit ye olde flickering on/off when I tried playing GTHD. No flickering on Motorstorm (720p), so it seems to be specific to 1080p signals. I don't think there's a fix for this problem short of a firmware update, so I scrapped that idea pretty quick.

Then I tried moving it over to the other DVI port on the opposite side of the TV. Bam, problem solved. No flickering (which never seems to happen on DVI for some reason), and no more scrambling. I only played with it for about a half hour, but it had no problems at all in switching back and forth between games, movies, anything. In and out of the XMB, no problems at all.

So what I thought was a software/firmware issue seems to be a simple hardware problem. Something in the DVI1 port on my TV doesn't like 1080p signals. Luckily, the TV has a second DVI port that doesn't have the problem, so it looks like I'm golden.

Congrats! Now maybe you can figure out the Onkyo 674 1080p "flickering" issue? There would be a lot of happy people.
post #3131 of 32084
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Originally Posted by maverick0716 View Post

Has anybody had any problems with Blu Ray movies pausing for 5 seconds or so several different times during playback?

It started with firmware release 1.50 and continues with 1.51. If you disable network connections you shouldn't see any freezes. I didn't have any watching movies before 1.50 and all movies there after froze until I disabled networking. Since then a half dozen or so have played perfect.
post #3132 of 32084
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Originally Posted by WriteSimple View Post

Hat's off to you, budget shopper!

You can get a Sony STR-DG1000 for US$600 using Pricegrabber.com. If you want, that is.


fuad

Yeah. I have never owned a Sony receiver before. I did try one several years ago which I returned. I instead got a Denon. I think I am going to wait until there are receivers with more than 2 HDMI inputs. My budget is around $700. I have heard of the Harman Kardon AVR-347 and 247. But I think they have only 2 HDMI inputs. I have also heard of the upcoming 08 models of Denon. I was tempted by the Onkyo TX-SR 674 and 804, but they have their own issues. I think I will let all these receivers that process video/audio through HDMI mature at least one more generation.
post #3133 of 32084
Hello folks, don't hit me up for asking a quick question but it's real simple. I did not see the answer on this thread recently after cruising it for a while.

I am not sure which sound settings or BD/DVD audio settings to choose for sound on my PS3? I am connected via HDMI to my Pioneer 5070 and I am connected through optical to my Onkyo receiver.

I played with the settings a few times. I seem to either get audio through the reciever or the tv but not both at the same time? This was the same problem I had with my old Samsung upconverting dvd player.

Help me out if you have a quick answer. Thanks folks and I love BluRay, Casino Royale cannot come soon enough...
post #3134 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Charles R View Post

It started with firmware release 1.50 and continues with 1.51. If you disable network connections you shouldn't see any freezes. I didn't have any watching movies before 1.50 and all movies there after froze until I disabled networking. Since then a half dozen or so have played perfect.

Thanks. I took your advice and disabled the wireless adaptor and watched Space Cowboys......no freezes or pausing at all.
post #3135 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Charles R View Post

It started with firmware release 1.50 and continues with 1.51. If you disable network connections you shouldn't see any freezes. I didn't have any watching movies before 1.50 and all movies there after froze until I disabled networking. Since then a half dozen or so have played perfect.

I have still never had one pause or stoppage during Blu ray playback. I'm beginning to wonder if I just have the only glitch-free machine or something. However, because I'm moving soon I don't have my apartment hardwired with internet or networked at the moment, so the PS3 isn't online. Perhaps you are onto something with this.

BTW, I got a couple free blu ray discs from Sony from a $50 gift certificate to SonyStyle.com and I got Reservoir Dogs and Princess Bride (stop your giggling). Reservoir Dogs looks great, I'll have to go over to the Blu Ray tier thread to see if anybody has checked it out. All of the extras are in HD too, so the packaging says; I haven't watched them yet.

Brandon
post #3136 of 32084
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Originally Posted by DJWV View Post

Hello folks, don't hit me up for asking a quick question but it's real simple. I did not see the answer on this thread recently after cruising it for a while.

I am not sure which sound settings or BD/DVD audio settings to choose for sound on my PS3? I am connected via HDMI to my Pioneer 5070 and I am connected through optical to my Onkyo receiver.

I played with the settings a few times. I seem to either get audio through the reciever or the tv but not both at the same time? This was the same problem I had with my old Samsung upconverting dvd player.

Help me out if you have a quick answer. Thanks folks and I love BluRay, Casino Royale cannot come soon enough...

You can only get audio out of one output at a time on the PS3. You'll just have to choose whether TV (HDMI) or receiver (optical) audio is more important, or keep switching the settings if you need one or the other at different times.

Or, you could see if there's a way that the audio to the receiver could then be passed to the TV. There should be a way to send 2-channel audio.
post #3137 of 32084
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

BTW, I got a couple free blu ray discs from Sony from a $50 gift certificate to SonyStyle.com and I got Reservoir Dogs and Princess Bride (stop your giggling). Reservoir Dogs looks great, I'll have to go over to the Blu Ray tier thread to see if anybody has checked it out. All of the extras are in HD too, so the packaging says; I haven't watched them yet.

You have The Princess Bride? I thought it was cancelled.
post #3138 of 32084
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Originally Posted by SirDrexl View Post

You have The Princess Bride? I thought it was cancelled.

No I don't have it yet. I used the $50 gift certificate in December because it was set to expire. So I pre-ordered Reservoir Dogs and Princess Bride. I just received Reservoir Dogs three days ago. I heard Princess Bride was delayed, I didn't know cancelled though. That would suck.

Brandon
post #3139 of 32084
Has anyone else experienced the following issues while watching movies?

1) The navigation menu occasionally pops up.
2) The movie occasionally skips ahead or backwards a chapter.

I have the latest firmware installed. I am using the game controller for remote control.
post #3140 of 32084
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Originally Posted by RAJH View Post

Has anyone else experienced the following issues while watching movies?

1) The navigation menu occasionally pops up.
2) The movie occasionally skips ahead or backwards a chapter.

I have the latest firmware installed. I am using the game controller for remote control.

That's probably due to the controller being pressed.
post #3141 of 32084
Grr.. I've had pauses with Ice Age: The Meltdown and now Monster House - both Netflix rentals. Aggravating, but at least it resumes where it left off. This needs to be fixed ASAP. The good news is that if it started with 1.50, then it is a firmware problem and CAN be fixed.
post #3142 of 32084
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Originally Posted by SirDrexl View Post

That's probably due to the controller being pressed.

The controller is not being pressed.

To determine if the issue is with the controller or the PS3 the next time I watch a movie I will place the controller in another room out of wireless range.
post #3143 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Charles R View Post

Rumor is that it's possible but it's anyone's guess if it will happen down the road.(upscaling)

So if this is possible, then i assume that the hardware/software needed to enable upscaling of SD discs is already installed in PS3's? If so, then why wouldn't they just enable it from the get-go.
post #3144 of 32084
yeah i have had the mysterious navigation menu pop up twice in the week that i have owned the ps3. neither the bd remote nor 6axis controller were touched. the 6axis was on the other side of the room. i wonder if it happens when the controller goes to sleep. is that possible? i don't even know if the contoller does go to sleep, but it would make sense if it did if it wasn't used for say an hour...
post #3145 of 32084
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Originally Posted by kjhawkm View Post

yeah i have had the mysterious navigation menu pop up twice in the week that i have owned the ps3. neither the bd remote nor 6axis controller were touched. the 6axis was on the other side of the room. i wonder if it happens when the controller goes to sleep. is that possible? i don't even know if the contoller does go to sleep, but it would make sense if it did if it wasn't used for say an hour...

I don't think it goes to sleep. I'll play Open Season for the kids, set the sixaxis on the mantle and let the movie play all the way through. The controller is still lit, so I assume it's still in "ready" mode...
post #3146 of 32084
I read in a review that the controllers will disconnect from the system after a while to save battery life. Then again for BD remote playback I am currently using a Sony brand PS2 remote with IR reciever connected via the Radio Shack Playstation2 to USB converter. Works good enough and I don't even notice it. Eventually I will be getting a new RF universal remote. Too bad Sony didn't put a USB port on the back
post #3147 of 32084
I have the BD remote, so I turn off the controller if I'm not going to be using it for a game. I can navigate the XMB, the PS Store, etc, using the remote. For two reasons.. one, it keeps the controller from draining the battery after being on for two hours with no activity, and it avoids any unpleasant interruptions due to a mis-pressed button.
post #3148 of 32084
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Originally Posted by Charles R View Post

It started with firmware release 1.50 and continues with 1.51. If you disable network connections you shouldn't see any freezes. I didn't have any watching movies before 1.50 and all movies there after froze until I disabled networking. Since then a half dozen or so have played perfect.

I see freezes on SD DVDs, not blu-rays. The last two foreign films I rented paused twice on each DVD, for about 10 seconds each time, before playback resumed... weird.
post #3149 of 32084
Have you tried disabling your networking? I haven't seen this freezing at all, but some people report disabling the network since 1.50 has fixed their issue...
post #3150 of 32084
Is there going to be a silver PS3?
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