AmazonBasics Helpul Hints | HDMI to DVI Cable

AmazonBasics Helpul Hints | HDMI to DVI Cable
You've just hooked up your game console, satellite box, cable box, or computer to your
AV receiver, digital display, or HDTV, but you're not getting any video or sound. Here
are some easy steps you can take to remedy the problem.
Problem: I'm getting video, but I'm not getting any sound.
Solution: Add an additional audio cable
Although HDMI transmits both audio and video, DVI is for video only. You will
need to run an additional cable for audio, such as a standard RCA 2-wire cable, or
a 1-wire RCA/digital audio cable.
Problem: After plugging everything in, I'm not getting anything at all.
Solution 1: Plug your connectors in securely
Make sure your connectors are plugged in securely to the proper input/outputs on
your components. Your inputs/outputs should look like this:
If your input/outputs look different than the image, this HDMI-DVI cable is not
for you. WARNING: DO NOT EXERT TOO MUCH PRESSURE WHEN YOU
TRY TO CONNECT--the connectors should slide in easily. Forcing them may
break your ports.
Solution 2: Set your audio/video outputs to HDMI
Go into the menu system of your source component (satellite box, cable box,
home theater, Blu-Ray, DVD system, etc.) and make sure your outputs are set to
HDMI.
Solution 3: Set your HDTV/display inputs to HDMI
Go into your TV's or display's menu and make sure the video and audio inputs are
set to HDMI. You may have to consult your product manual.
AmazonBasics Helpful Hints | HDMI to DVI Cable
Problem: After properly connecting my cable or satellite receiver to my HDTV, I'm
getting no signal.
Solution: Make sure your provider is transmitting an HDMI signal.
Even though your setup box has an HDMI output, it can only receive an HDMI
signal if your cable/satellite provider is transmitting an HDMI signal. If your
cable/satellite provider isn't transmitting HDMI, you will need to replace this
HDMI-DVI cable with a component video cable, which supports 720p/1080i
resolution. If your cable/satellite provider is transmitting in HDMI, your setup
box may need a firmware update. Consult with your provider for instructions on
how to update your firmware.
Problem: I want to use my home theater system to control my HDMI video, but I'm
not getting a signal on my HDTV.
Solution 1: Remove extraneous, "in-between" components
HDMI signals can degrade or disappear entirely if you attach too many devices
between the source and the final output (usually your HDTV). Isolate the cause of
your problem by connecting the source output directly to your HDTV with the
HDMI-DVI cable. You may have to forgo your ideal setup and connect your
setup box directly to your TV.
Solution 2: Compatibility issues with components due to digital-rights issues
High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection, or HDCP, is a form of digital-rights
management that is designed to prevent piracy of high-definition content. Simply
put, if a component isn't HDCP-compatible, the device will not be allowed to
transmit the data. Most newer components and HDTVs are HDCP-compatible and
should not have this problem. But if you have older components, or if your
components are not properly certified, you will need to replace your devices with
certified models. A less expensive solution is to replace the HDMI-DVI cable
with a component video cable, which supports 720p/1080i resolution and is not
beholden to HDCP standards.
Problem: Everything works great when I have one source connected directly to my
HDTV, but when I add another source, I lose my picture.
Solution: Connect only one source at a time to your HDTV or use a component
video.
This is another HDCP-related issue. When one source is powered on, your TV
powers down the HDMI input that's not currently in use. Meanwhile, HDCP
AmazonBasics Helpful Hints | HDMI to DVI Cable
continues to police the TV's HDMI inputs for unauthorized devices, but because
of the powered-down input, HDCP isn't able to recognize the TV. Therefore it
blocks the signal from the previously unused source to the TV. Your choices are
either to connect one source at a time or to connect one source with HDMI and
the other with a component video cable. You should also check your TV's manual
for other solutions to this problem.
AmazonBasics Helpful Hints | HDMI to DVI Cable
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