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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: Fixed! Reply with quote

jplan wrote:
I finally found the issue. The HDMI 5 input on my Vizio 55" tv was not processing the signal properly. When I switched to another input it worked perfectly and without the booster! So either the HDMI 5 input bad or not supposed to be used with a longer cable.

Thank you all for your help and input.


ok. i Have a vizio 55 inch also and i was wondering what your final
setup is ? cables ?
i am planing to get a macmini and run almost a 100ft of hdmi cable.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

100ft run is going to need some boost. maybe this would work
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my bad here is

link for 100 foot run.


http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/MCM-CUSTOM-AUDIO-50-10245-/50-10245


http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/JDI-TECHNOLOGIES-PC5-GY-100-/831-1428


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:29 am    Post subject: Setup Reply with quote

Setup is 3 sources, Fios, Samsung Blue-Ray, and Mac-Mini, all go into an HDMI switch box(www.octavainc.com)> 50ft cable(HDMI to HDMI) (Belkin from bluejeanscable.com)>HDMI 1 in back of 55"Vizio. I had an extender but removed it because the setup worked fine without it. The guys at bluejeanscable said you could run a 100', but need a quality cable to do so.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Setup Reply with quote

jplan wrote:
Setup is 3 sources, Fios, Samsung Blue-Ray, and Mac-Mini, all go into an HDMI switch box(www.octavainc.com)> 50ft cable(HDMI to HDMI) (Belkin from bluejeanscable.com)>HDMI 1 in back of 55"Vizio. I had an extender but removed it because the setup worked fine without it. The guys at bluejeanscable said you could run a 100', but need a quality cable to do so.


If your doing this through an HDMI switch re-read this entire thread and pay particular attention to what I say about EDID. This will directly effect your installation. And for further information do a search on "EDID" and make sure you fully understand this before implementing your setup. I have been down this road more then once so I know what I'm talking about. You will have display problems going through an HDMI switch. Every time you switch away from the mini to use another device, when you switch back to the mini the screen will be blank. You will need to reboot the mini every time you switch back. There is a hardware solution that will cost some $$$ and there is also a free software solution. Make sure you search for these and keep them handy.

At the end of this thread is the software solution.
http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=24589&highlight=edid

This is also a good discussion thread spicificly for this topic.
http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php?showtopic=1937
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: setup Reply with quote

also software wise is snow leopard working ?
plex ? hulu ?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: setup Reply with quote

rnelson5 wrote:
also software wise is snow leopard working ?
plex ? hulu ?


This is a bit off topic.

I can't speak for hulu but plex has remote issues and audio/video playback issues.

There's a seperate forum just for snow leopard issues over at plex.com. I suggest you read it before upgrading. I posted a good work around over there for the audio/video issues.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:29 am    Post subject: working systems Reply with quote

im trying to get an idea of what a complete working system would be
cables , hardware ,and software .
im working on a htpc system using a macmini but want to see others
sucessful system to know what to purchase.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: HTPC Reply with quote

Again, I have the above setup and it works fine. I'm sure Danny does know what he is talking about and has much more experience than I do. What I do know is; I have the above setup and it works fine. If I switch away from my Mini and then back it does work without rebooting. Sometimes I have to move the mouse because it has gone into sleep mode, but other than that it works fine. My final steps to kid and wife approve is to add the infrared remote repeaters and finish setting up the Harmony remote. I will be moving the components into a closet so the only components that will be seen is the flat screen on the wall, speakers, and remote control. Below is the list of components in use.

Danny, please post a link to the EDID information I do not see it in the post.

Vizio 55" LCD TV/Monitor
Samsung Blu-Ray player
Mac-Mini 2009
Harmony Remote 510 (Do your reasearh hear first - you can only have 5 devices)
Fios STB
Octava HDMI Switch box
6' Optical audio cable from Mac-Mini to Blu-Ray
50' HDMI Cable from switch to TV/Monitor
3' HDMI Cable from components to Switch
Infrared Repeater (smarthome.com) - I had one and it blew out because it was near the LCD. Make sure you get an infrared pick up that is LCD/Plasma resistant. They cost alot more.

Plex to access movies, i-tunes, and photos from current NAS. Have ordered WD World Book II 4tb NAS.
Boxee

Plex and Boxee both have pluses and minuses - jury still out on this one.

I am not using Snow Leopard as of yet - waiting for all bugs to clear.

I don't claim to be an expert, just sharing information with what I have and what works.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: sucessful systems Reply with quote

what is the purpose ofthe octava hdmi switch box ? would a receiver just
be able to switch over to the macmini without the octava ?
do you know of others using snow leopard wtihout problems ?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:56 pm    Post subject: HDMI switch box Reply with quote

The HDMI switch chooses which one of the 3 components I want to send to the tv (Fios, DVD Player, or Mac Mini). Because the components are across the room and sending (3) 50' cables through the attic would be painful and expensive. Also, switching with the inputs on the tv and trying to get the audio to the Home theater amp would be tricky - not impossible but complex.

You could use a receiver, but it will have to have HDMI inputs and outputs on it. It will probably have to be a newer receiver. That will be a better solution if they have it. I didn't do that setup because I already had the home theater receiver.

I'll post back on the S.L.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: HTPC Reply with quote

jplan wrote:

Danny, please post a link to the EDID information I do not see it in the post.



Look at the 2 links I posted previously (about 3-4 posts up in this thread). The first link contains the link to the free software solution and the second link is a broad discussion on the topic. You can also do a search on EDID and find more info on the subject.

The software solution is here if you can't find it in that thread (2nd artical down).

http://www.1000klub.com/

If you have a spicific question please ask and I'll try my best to answer.
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