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I have a Pioneer VSX-D912. I just switched to HD Sat. When I hook into the component ports, I get no picture. When I use the DVD port I do get a picture.

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I have exaclty the same problem. DVD into comp in 1, and my Homecast HT8000 into comp in 2 on my D912.

The dvd gets a picture.

The TV does not.

Looking at the settings I have "Component video Input" set correctly.

I'll add that when I do switch from DVD to TV, I get a scrabled vision of what is on TV for about half a second befoe the TV itself says "No, I can't display that" and gives me the blue screen of 'no signal'

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