46 inch Sony Bravia TV is 5 years old. HDMI ports 1,4 work fine but 2,3 don't.
I presume you've checked that the HDMI cables are good, and that the signal sources (e.g., blu-ray player, Roku, etc.) are working correctly. If the HDMI ports are individually selected by four buttons on your Sony remote, which is unlikely, it's possibly a problem in that remote. It's also possible that ports 2 and 3 are physically damaged by abuse. If you have ruled out all of those potential causes, this is almost certainly a problem in the way the defective ports are attached to the underlying printed circuit board inside the TV, or a flaw in that PCB. Too bad it's out of warranty. Repairing this will be a hassle if it can be done at all, and probably not cost effective. Instead, I suggest three possible workarounds for your consideration.
First, if you can find another way to get the signals into your TV, such as using the component inputs instead of HDMI, that will your cheapest and easiest alternative. This will only be doable if the signal source offers other types of outputs besides HDMI. Note that I am NOT suggesting adding any type of signal converter, just a different way of connecting the signal source to the TV.
A second alternative is to buy a multi-port HDMI switch with a remote control which you can find for less than $30 at online retailers like ebay. Plug that switch into one of your two good HDMI ports, and connect your unserved signal sources to the switch. It will be slightly less convenient to use the multi-port switch because you will need to operate one more remote control than you do now.
The third possible workaround is to buy an autosensing HDMI switch instead of the multi-port type, which would eliminate the need for the extra remote. However, an autosensing switch must have only one signal source active at any given time. This may not be possible if one of your signal sources is a streaming device that is continuously powered up. Good luck!
Mar 01, 2015 |
Sony Flat Panel Televisions