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Thinking about picking this receiver up to replace my Onkyo 875. It's only going to be used on a 1080p TV for the time being. Problem I have with the onkyo is whenever I power off my receiver and turn it back on while having Windows Media Center running on the HTPC, I often get a black screen.

I read somewhere the the Elite actually does HDMI passthrough while the receiver is off. This would solve this problem for me.
 

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The elite does do the passthrough. I have one of the current models with a Mac feeding it HDMI. Works just fine. I can't speak to the SC=71 but passthrough is usually passthrough. NO clue about Windows Media Center.
 

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Windows HDMI problems often are the result of using obsolete (buggy) HDMI graphics and audio device drivers.

The first thing to try is to download and install the most recent drivers provided on the Web site of the manufacturer of your graphics hardware.

That said, turning something off in the HDMI chain frequently causes problems for Windows. Recovery usually involves forcing a reset of the HDMI device drivers. In the past I've used AVR Audio Guard's "Reinitialize Device" option to do that, but I haven't needed to do a reset for a while. My computer has Nvidia hardware and I keep its drivers up to date. I suspect they've fixed some bugs recently which used to require resets.
 

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Windows HDMI problems often are the result of using obsolete (buggy) HDMI graphics and audio device drivers.

The first thing to try is to download and install the most recent drivers provided on the Web site of the manufacturer of your graphics hardware.

That said, turning something off in the HDMI chain frequently causes problems for Windows. Recovery usually involves forcing a reset of the HDMI device drivers. In the past I've used AVR Audio Guard's "Reinitialize Device" option to do that, but I haven't needed to do a reset for a while. My computer has Nvidia hardware and I keep its drivers up to date. I suspect they've fixed some bugs recently which used to require resets.

AVR guard looks interesting I'll dig into that. My drivers are current been fighting this issue for years.

But more importantly, the Onkyo is running hot inside the closet despite the fans I added.
 

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If you computer boots up in to Windows Media Center, and you get a black screen, try hitting "live TV" on the remote. That often works for me.
 
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