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Sony Viao HDMI to Panasonic Plasma TV HDMI Input handshake

I purchased a new Sony Viao laptop with HDMI output and Blueray player anticipating using it to watch Blueray movies on my Panasonic TV Model TH-50PX500U purchased 3 ½ years ago. According to the owner’s manual, the Panasonic TV HDMI input supports EIA/CEA-861/861B compliant consumer electronic devices.

When using the same HDMI cable that functions fine using the Scientific Atlanta set top cable box and connecting it to the HDMI output on the Sony Viao, there is no picture on the Panasonic TV. Using the VGA output from the Sony Viao works fine on the Panasonic TV.

After telephone technical support with Sony verifying the proper installation of the ATI driver and correct settings, they recommended I contact Panasonic.

Upon contacting Panasonic, I was told that based on the age of the TV, only a cable box HDMI output and not a computer HDMI output will function properly. The Panasonic technician explained that the HDMI input on the TV has different buffer characteristics explaining something about 1 pin with 3 volts, as contrasted with the new Panasonic TV’s which have 1 input buffered and 2 not buffered.

Is there a device I can purchase to convert the HDMI signal from the Sony Viao to the correct signal used by the Panasonic TV that would make the signal the equivalent of the set top box signal?

Thanks for any advice.

-Tom

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    Panasonic did not mention an hdmi extender and using the side hdmi input on your tv?

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Try all of your HDMI inputs, one may be rated at the correct voltage to be able to display the video. The offical part that Panasonic was giving for this was PDPHDMIKIT, its basically a HDMI extender that regulates the voltage. The part is still available online, try partstore.com or andrews-electronics.

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