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Post 1 made on Wednesday December 16, 2009 at 20:20
digitalfun
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Ok, I had all of my gear moved into a closet and the only thing Iím having trouble with is my PS3. I can only get 480P out of it. Games will play at 480P but Blu-Rays will not play at all. All of the settings including 480P give me strange pixilation when testing the resolution. Trying custom and automatic gives me the same result.

I just looked at the cable that the audio/video guy ran and its a 50 ft Steren 516-850bk HDMI cable. This is connected to my brand new Panny 58V10. My DirecTV and Sony DVD changer work fine.

After looking at the specs for this cable it's not a very good cable. I'm not even sure it's rated for an in-wall application which has me a little worried.

Steren 516-850bk HDMI cable

# For ultimate performance in high-definition video and audio signal connectivity
# Supports 1080i video resolution
# Supports 8-bit color depths
# Category 1 Cable

About 5 minutes ago I hooked up an Octava HDMI extender at the TV end of the cable with a wall wart and still no love. I also tried it without the wall wart and that didnít work either.

I probably have about 10-15 feet of extra HDMI cable from the 50 feet cable that I just spooled underneath the equipment.

Iíve read that PS3 has problems with long cable runs but I was hoping the Octava HDMI extender would solve the problem. I'm thinking about replacing the cable with this 40 foot Monoprice cable:

[Link: monoprice.com]

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I also just bought a PS3 Toothfairy but until I can solve this problem I don't want to hook it up. One issue at a time.

Last edited by digitalfun on December 24, 2009 12:35.
Post 2 made on Thursday December 17, 2009 at 02:48
Daniel Tonks
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Do you have any other HDMI cables, even short ones? You could try hooking up the PS3 right next to the system, and if it works fine then it's definitely the cable.

50 feet is really pushing it for passive cables, and ESPECIALLY for poor quality ones. If the extender doesn't change anything, it's even possible that the cable was kinked or otherwise damaged...
OP | Post 3 made on Thursday December 24, 2009 at 12:34
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I took your suggestion and hooked it up right next to the TV and the PS3 works fine. I'm assuming that I just have a poor HDMI cable. Just seems kind of odd everything else I have hooked up works fine. Roku, Sony DVD changer, and DirecTV work fine. Maybe the PS3 is just picky about cable quality.

I ordered another HDMI cable from Monoprice that shows "out for delivery" so I'll be testing that one out today.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Post 4 made on Saturday December 26, 2009 at 03:09
Daniel Tonks
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Be sure to let us know how it goes!
OP | Post 5 made on Sunday December 27, 2009 at 12:43
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I hooked up the new cable (just running it across the floor 1st) and it works fine. I was able to get 1080P out of my PS3. So I guess it was a poor HDMI cable.

I then connected the Octava extender just to see if I would notice any difference and I do notice a difference in quality. Small difference, but I'm going to leave it connected. I might as well since I have it.

Now I need to get a neighbor to help me lift this monster 58V10 TV off of the wall so I can run the new cable. This TV is very heavy and I have it wall mounted.

I also need to move the AC outlet up a few inches to make room for a small surge protector.

I'll post again when all of the work is complete.
OP | Post 6 made on Wednesday December 30, 2009 at 15:29
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Everything is now complete and my HDMI issue is solved.

When I pulled out the old HDMI cable it turned out it had a big twisted kink in it.

Now on to setting up my new toothfairy.
Post 7 made on Thursday December 31, 2009 at 06:06
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Glad to hear it was the cable - not because a bad cable is a good thing, but because the problem had a definite cause and fix. :-)
OP | Post 8 made on Thursday December 31, 2009 at 13:29
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On December 31, 2009 at 06:06, Daniel Tonks said...
Glad to hear it was the cable - not because a bad cable is a good thing, but because the problem had a definite cause and fix. :-)

The HDMI cable was very easy to replace. The A/V installer had installed some smurf tube so that made it easy to install. The new cable was much thicker and I needed a port saver at the TV end because it doesn't easily bend.

And in his defense the cable problem wasn't entirely his fault. The TV had not been delivered when he was done with running all of the cabling so he didn't have a TV to test it with.

Now on to the toothfairy which I'll be tackling today.


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