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NO OSD with HDMI on Onkyo Tx-sr606

Over the past 9 months I've had my receiver it's gone from working great to working most of the time to working very little, now to none. Well the optical works for my cable(which I have hooked up over component directly to my tv, gotta use those hundred dollar monsters for something.) I have a PS3 and an Xbox 360 as well as a Wii(don't tell anybody.)

When I tried hooking the Wii up to the receiver, it didn't work at all. I'm sure there was something I didn't click correctly but I assure you I've tried every combination and devoted hours to this receiver. It's only hooked up through HDMI and I know about the upconversion and all that but honestly it's been so long I don't remember what I did with it nor do I care as this really isn't my problem(I'm being concise so that if someone has had the exact problem and knows a fix all or even any fixes that will help me learn this receiver better, or tell me that my receiver is hosed and to get her to the doctor.)

My true problem is from the XBox and it's rival PS3. I've had to use them as a team ever more frequently to trick the receiver into showing a signal on my tv (Samsung HLT5867s.) Originally I was playing games on my new PS3 and digging it a lot, plus the blu-ray was awesome, but while playing Fallout 3, a game running at 720p, I noticed a weird series of vertical lines running down my screen about 4 inches apart and an inch thick or so. I thought that maybe it was just a graphical issue in the game, as while playing Killzone 2, a game running at 1080i, (it's i, I double checked) I noticed no such lines. Then I got inFamous and the lines showed back up. Guess what it's rendered at. If you guessed 720p, you're following me.

I decided to investigate this further and even found a thread about the receiver in another AV forum discussing issues with the display. One guy posted on there about havig a similar problem with the vertical bars. I never saw an answer to his quandary in that thread, and if I recall it was closed by the time I'd found it. In that thread I did find out about resetting the receiver, and figured I could try that to get rid of the bars as having tried changing the HDMI settings in the reciever and the display methods on the PS3.

I also started to noticed that my OSD had disappeared. Usually the receiver would send a blue screen signal to the TV when the PS3 or XBox 360 was connected but not powered on. Now it was just my TV saying "checking for signal" and then eventually ending with "no signal." (When nothing is plugged in to an input on the TV it immediately tells you to "check signal cable" so the TV knows something's hooked up. It also shows anything plugged directly in through HDMI instantly so I know it's neither the devices nor the TV.) I figured it was time to reset the receiver. I did this and voila it worked, for a day.

My new problem is that it would take awhile to work with HDMI after being powered off for awhile(I figure enough time to cool down.) I would have to power it on, watch cable with the sound coming from the receiver(thus "warming it up") and then eventually switching to the XBox or PS3's input and it would work(still no blue screen always "checking for signal" and then it would pop on to the PS3 or Xbox home screen.) It stayed like this for awhile and I was ok with it as I'd just leave the receiver on.

Recently my Xbox got the dreaded red ring of death and I took it back and got a new one(God bless the old Best Buy product replacement plan, I even got a 50 dollar store credit.) When I hooked the new one up it worked fine but was at default non HD settings(still coming through HDMI mind you.) So I changed everything back to the old ones settings, network and video. I left them exactly the way I knew they had been from the previous XBox. And it worked until I powered off the XBox and then powered it on later. No display! So I turned on the PS3 to see if it worked and sure enough it did. So I fiddled around on it for 5 minutes and then decided I wanted to get to the bottom of the XBox issue since my frustration had given way to curiosity. The XBox display was working fine. That worked fine for awhile having to switch from the PS3 with it still powered on to the XBox after a minute.

I have now turned on my receiver and nothing is working aside from my optical from the cable box. I've performed a reset and still only the optical works. So while I sit here watching Shrek on HBO writing a tale of woe about my 9 month old $400 receiver from Amazon(new not a refurb,) my friends are busting caps in Call of Duty on XBox live.

I'm pretty sure the degradation of performance and intermittent issues point to a hardware fault but I could somehow be wrong and if anyone knows what's up, please let me know. I'm going to unhook my stuff for awhile and hope what that other poster recommended works as it seems we're all having the same problems. I hope we can all resolve this and get to use this great receiver at its best all the time and not when it wants to. Rock Band: The Beatles comes out soon and I need it to pump from my speakers!

Thanks so much and good luck to all.
-Nick

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For the XBOX 360, you need to disable the Display Discovery setting.

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I dont quite have a solution for you but im having the same problem and its only with my ps3. ive called onkyo support and of course they try to tell me its my ps3 and not their equipment. Just because i dont sit on the phone all day doing tech support doesnt mean im a moron. anyways you said youve had it for 16 months? I also bought mine new from amazon. anyway according to onkyo warranty info they warranty their receivers for 2 years so call their support line find out where the nearest service place is and call them and send it in. im gonna have to do the same im soory to say a reset is going to fix our problem it is a hardware issue our receivers are just slowly taking a ****. I used to buy nothing but pioneer products and i took a chance on onkyo cuz i heard how good they are (and they are when it works) but im a little disappointed. why couldnt the s-video ports take a ****? haha i hope this helps

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