Toshiba 52hm84 DLP-HDMI Component has been compromised?
I have a (Toshiba 52hm84 DLP) I use a Motorola HD/DVR from Comcast. When I hookup the cable box to the TV using HDMI to HDMI, I error message; (HDMI Component has been compromised) then the screen goes green. I’ve hooked the same box up to my Samsung LCD using the HDMI to HDMI and it works great. Comcast has sent out a service technician and checked the box and tried other boxes but nothing seems to work.
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This is a wild guess, but I believe that you are being **** by the movie industry. The HDMI protocol includes a form of DRM (Digital Rights Management) for high resolution content called:
High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection
Basically this means that the media (disk or broadcast) instructs the player (in your case the cable box) to insist that any downstream devices (your TV) is industry and DRM compliant.
Specifically this evil protection scheme is designed to plug the analog hole and make it impossible for you to record or copy the movie by using an analog output from your TV.
This even restricts the size of the TV you can play the movie on,
thus preventing pubs and bars from displaying the content on big screen TVs without paying royalties.
The message means that the manufacturer of your TV has refused to toe the industry line.
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The Motorola HD-DVRs are notorious for having problems when connected to a receiver. This is because your HD-DVR has anti-piracy code in it that sometimes detects your receiver as an unauthorized recording device and then will not allow anything to be sent to it for fear of piracy. But in your case, you are getting video and audio to your receiver without an error message.
You might have a faulty HDMI cable. If you can borrow one or have another one on hand try using a different one to see if anything improves.
If that doesn't do anything you might need to goto monoprice.com and buy one of their HDMI v1.3 switchers so you can run HDMI from your cable box and from your sound system receiver to the switcher, and then one HDMI cable to your HDTV. And then run a digital optical audio cable from your cable box to your receiver for audio.
The switchers aren't very expensive and should fix your problem (if it isn't a faulty HDMI cable). If the problem persists even with a switcher I'd say your HD-DVR is malfunctioning. And since you said your DVR sometimes is unaccessible, I'm leaning towards a bad HD-DVR as part of the problem.
To troubleshoot I'd try these steps (in order):
1) Try a different HDMI cable from your cable box to your receiver
2) Trade your HD-DVR into Comcast for a new one and see if the problem persists.
3) Buy the HDMI switcher from monoprice.com (make sure it is v1.3)
If all that fails, personally, I'd say you need someone to look at that!
Use an RCA audio/video cable for this set up (Yellow/Red/White).
Connect from the Video out (Yellow) connection on the back of the cable box to the Video in on the back of the DVR.
Connect the audio (Red/White) cables from audio out connection on the back of the cable box to the "Audio in" on the back of the DVR.
This should still get you a decent picture but not a true HD picture for your recordings.
When you set the timer to record set it to record either E1 or E2 depending on which input you connected the cable box to and ensure that the cable box is tuned to the channel you wish to record.
*** NOTE: If you keep the HDMI cable connected as you have for the cable box and watch normal TV through the HDMI input on the TV you will get HD programming for your general viewing but still have the option to record with the DVR at a lower quality. ***
You can use either component (Red/Green/Blue video and red/white audio) or HDMI cables to connect the Comcast HD box to your TV. Most times you can get these cables for free at the Comcast front counter.
You need to buy a Bose VS 2, video enhancer. Your cable/sattelite, vcr and aux connect to the VS 2 and the VS2 connects one HDMI cable to the TV. The VS2 then upconverts DVDs played on the lifestyle through the VS2/HDMI.
If you want CC all of the time, this works well. But since you must power-off the cable box to change the setting, switching CC on and off is a real pain.
Your set-up is similar to mine (Sharp Aquos 46" and Comcast DVR). I have the composite output from the cable box going to a DVD-recorder and on to the TV. Whenever I need CC (usually to catch some mumbled dialog), I just rewind the DVR, and switch the TV input to the composite input. Then I switch back to HDMI to continue watching in HD.
If you have HDMI on the dvr and the tv use this cable connection this will handle audio and the video at it`s best, if you do not have HDMI, use the 3 component video outputs to the tv and a digital audio connection from the dvr to the tv