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Display skips, blinks and pauses

I have an HDTV with 2 HDMI ports.  I had my ps3 connected through the first HDMI port and it would skip, the screen would go blank in the middle of the game.  Also, during any sort of change in phases (i.e. ejecting a disc manually or starting/stopping a program in game) the screen will go blank and be accompanied by a loud popping of my speakers, like when you pull your finger across the needle of a record player.  I can't recreate any of these problems and they aren't regular.  I can't pin down what the problem is.  I changed to the second hdmi input and the problem stopped for a while, but it seems to be starting up again.  Is it a bad signal from the PS3?  Is it a bad HDMI cable?  Is it the HDMI ports?  Please help!

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  • horne_andrew Nov 26, 2008

    Be more specific when you say "wrong".

  • horne_andrew Jan 04, 2009

    My HDMI cable is not loose.  I don't know what you mean by my display settings are wrong.  This seems to be happening more and more at the start of games or movies when the PS3 is deciding which viewing mode (720p or 1080i) is best.  My ps3 is set to automatically set the display and this happens even when there is no change in display resolution (from 1080i ps3 display to playing a movie in 1080i).  The display settings on my TV aren't wrong, they are mandated by the input coming through the HDMI.  Please help.

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The Hdmi cable is either loose or your ps3 dispay settings are wrong

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