Originally Posted by G-force
So a while back my Onkyo 805 original remote control's volume down button stopped working. Pretty annoying to have to get up everytime the volume needs to be turned down. Is this a common problem and what is the best solution. Would this be a good time to invest in a cheap universal remote?
Another thing is that I switched to a Directv DVR recently and I am running HDMI to the Onkyo but it is not converting SD channels now and my screen basically says "no signal" unless the channel is in HD. It's also a bit annoying that even when I go to an HD channel it takes a few seconds of the screen recognizing the HD signal before it displays anything. My Dishnet box never had these problems.
Can't really help you with your factory remote issue. Typically, on any remote, the most used buttons will fail first...kind of common sense. Possibly, something (dirt/food/beverage) may have worked its way under your volume key to cause the failure. I'm a big fan of Harmony remotes and my factory device remotes hardly ever get touched.
Your video switching problem is in the settings of the DirecTV box, not the 805. Which DVR do you have? All modern HDTVs are fixed pixel displays...either 720P or 1080i/p. Being fixed pixel, eventually, the input signal has to be scaled to the display's native resolution. This can be done at the source so that the display never sees a resolution change, as it sounds like your Dish box was doing. However, it sounds like your DirecTV box is configured for "Native=ON", which means it's passing the native resolution to your display. If you change to a channel with a resolution different than the current channel, the TV and DVR "talk" for a second or three while the TV adjusts its processing mode to accept the new resolution.
I have the newest Genie system (HR44). You don't say explicitly whether the "no signal" is on the 805 or the TV, but I'm guessing TV. Assuming your menu has the same options as mine, it sounds like you're configured for "Native=ON" and all of the output resolution boxes are checked (480i/480p//720/1080i/1080p), but your display doesn't accept 480i via HDMI. At a minimum, you'll want to uncheck 480i so the DirecTV box will upscale those channels to 480p. If you don't want to see any switching delay at all (like your DISH behaved), you'll need to set "Native=Off" and choose only *1* output resolution...either 720p/1080i/1080p depending on your TV's *native* resolution. Native resolution shouldn't be confused with compatible resolutions...modern 720p native displays will accept 1080p signals and downscale as needed.
In the interest of full disclosure, letting the STB do the video scaling may not produce the best quality image possible. It just depends on whether your TV or STB has the better scaler. The 805 is not part of this discussion since it does no HDMI scaling. If you care to know which is better, you'll need to select a high quality channel and try all options to determine whether the STB or TV does the better job of scaling non-native content to the TV's native resolution. Personally, I let the DirecTV system do the work. My displays are a bit dated and have fairly long delays when negotiating resolution changes. I felt my displays did a better job of scaling than the TWC boxes I had before DirecTV so I put up with the resolution change delay, but the HR44 does a good enough job that I use its internal scaler .
And for good measure, now's a good time to determine how you want the STB to handle 4:3 channels (DirecTV's "Screen Format"). You can maintain the original 4:3 aspect ration via "pillarbox" or you can let the STB stretch/zoom 4:3 material to fill the 16:9 screen. I run "pillarbox" myself, but some folks don't like seeing black bars on the tops and sides of their video...personally, I don't like the distortion that comes with stretching. You can change this option on the fly in addition to establishing default behavior...stretching's not so bad if the content was originally 16:9 and is being broadcast letterboxed within the 4:3 frame...it becomes more a case of upscaling than stretch/zoom.
And, while you're checking settings. The DirecTV default audio setting is "Dolby Digital=Off". Since we know you're using a surround system via the 805, you'll want to make sure "Dolby Digital=On".