Originally Posted by rainmaker002
Ok, I am having a few problems with my P5E-VM so I'll try to tackle them one at a time. Perhaps others have experienced similar problems:
1) HDMI connections are extremely flaky. I have no other word to describe them. I have come back several times to find that the connection has been lost and the only way to get it back is to swap cables. I have gone through 2 hdmi cables and I'm on my last spare (its actually a DVI->HDMI cable, and I've been forced to use the bundled HDMI-DVI adapter). The cables seemed to work fine at first but then when I'd come back in the morning my receiver would not pick up the connection. Going straight to the tv doesn't help either. There is a blue light on my OPPO switch on the port that the hdmi cable is connected to which means it is detecting something, but any attempt to get a signal have failed. This morning the connection had failed again but a reboot fixed the problem, so I'm hoping that this cable will last.
2) I have the latest PowerDVD ultra and AnyDVD HD set up so I have been able to watch both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs without incident. My receiver shows LINEAR MULTICHANNEL PCM as what is being outputted- but I have no idea if that means I'm getting the soundtrack as intended. There is no "hdmi" option in PowerDVD so I'm not sure how to set it up properly (2 speaker? 6 speaker?). Also, I get LMPCM no matter what I'm playing- be it MP3's, ripped xvids or even AC3 tv rips. Is that correct?
In the sound manager, I can successfully test "DTS" and "Dolby" which both change to DTS/Dolby on the receiver respectfully. So shouldn't the receiver change to Dolby when playing an AC3 tv rip?
Anyway thats a good start
I have other issues which I'm sure I can bug you all with later.
I'm not sure about the HDMI, but can you tell if it's an HDCP issue? It seems the current Intel driver doesn't properly support the repeater mode required to go through the receiver. I know it fails for me (works for about 3 seconds). Many others report the same problem with different receivers, that work fine with other HDMI/HDCP devices. What receiver are you using (brand & model)? Since you've tried it directly with the TV and have the same issues, is the TV quite new and supports HDMI/HDCP 1.2 or later?
The PowerDVD audio is confusing at best. For the OEM version, it will only do 2-channel if you select a HD audio format from the disk menu (i.e. Blu-ray/HD DVD menu - not PowerDVD menu). All versions will play the Dolby Digital as 5.1.
Another quirk is many settings in PowerDVD can only be changed when there is no disk in the player. So remove the disk, exit PowerDVD, re-run PowerDVD. On the right-click menu, select "Configuration". There are various audio options. Set these, exit PowerDVD and insert the disk and re-run PowerDVD. A pain, but it's the only way to be sure a setting is made. You might confirm the setting once the disk is playing.
Lastly, in Windows, Control Panel, Sound, check the options are set the way you want.
I've been lucky that all my HDMI gear play together well,with the exception of the HTPC. It needs an Intel driver update (beyond 15.7) to work with the receiver - so I go direct to the TV right now. Looking over the forums, it seems HDMI can be very difficult to get working - more likely due to older equipment with buggy HDMI/HDCP implementations. I really doubt it's the cables. In some cases, these have been fixed with firmware updates (DirectTV's HD boxes for example). The newer the equipment the more likely the bugs have been worked out.
You might try to down-level the resolution to 720p or even 480p as a test. If everything starts to work (even with a lousy picture) it may indicate the cables can't handle the bandwidth. I really doubt this is the case, but it's something easy to try. It would confirm the handshaking is working correctly.
Some users also report you have to turn on/off equipment in a specific order. It shouldn't be this way (a firmware screw up), but you can try it. For example, always turn the TV on first, receiver second, then your PC. Or just the reverse.