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HDMI/DVI adapter problem?

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pc2macconverted Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 2, 2010 6:15 AM
I've had the 1st gen Apple TV since it came out and have loved it. It has worked fine on my 5 year old Sony HDTV. Since this tv does not have HDMI inputs (has an DVI input), i used an HDMI/DVI adapter and this worked fine up till now.

Yesterday i got the new apple TV and tried hooking it up to my tv. But the picture was displayed in 4:3, low resolution (looked to be 480i), and was a little "wavy".

Is the problem that my TV is not compatible with the new apple TV?
Or i was thinking that maybe i need to get a new HDMI/DVI adapter. the one i have is a few years old. are the newer adapters on the market have new/better technology?

thanks for anyones help. i really don't want to have to replace my tv or return my new apple tv
iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • SeasonedTech Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 2, 2010 4:53 PM (in response to pc2macconverted)
    same problem here. forgot model of our sony, it's an rptv. made sure hdmi to dvi cable working and it's okay. connected ATV (version 2) to another TV with HDMI input and it works. on hold now with Apple tech phone support.
    ATV2, iOS 4, ATV2
  • ringonbob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2010 5:53 PM (in response to pc2macconverted)
    having the exact same problem, I also have a Sony KF-50WE610
    iOS 4, actually have a MacBook too 10.5.6, a Macbook Pro 10.6.x and two iPhone 4s
  • ringonbob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2010 7:00 PM (in response to ringonbob)
    I should mention, my TV is a Sony KF-50WE610, I have tried both the Belkin, HDMI to DVI cable sold by Apple for $19, I also just got back from Best Buy with a Dynex HDMI ($29) and a Rocketfish RF-G1174 DVI Male to HDMI Female adpater (also $29)... Both of these solutions cause the wavy / wobbly lines in the menus and in the video picture. I am pretty dissatisfied and will probably have to return my AppleTV2 tomorrow. PLEASE NOTIFY ME IF YOU FIND A SOLUTION!
    AppleTV2, macbook 10.5.6., macbook pro 10.6.x, 2 iphone 4s, iOS 4
  • Fred Gioia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2010 10:42 AM (in response to ringonbob)
    You need a product with HDCP stripping technology such as the HDFury. http://www.hdfury.com/

    This perfectly legal technology BTW as it is classified as an online adapter.
    Mac Pro 2.66, Mac Book Pro 2.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2), RAM: 7 GB MP, 4 GB MBP
  • lpgeffen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2010 11:57 AM (in response to Fred Gioia)
    HDCP strippers cost more than the Apple TV 2 or Roku. It solves the problem but more than doubles your cost.
    Mac mini aluminum, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4 GB
  • Fred Gioia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2010 6:15 PM (in response to lpgeffen)
    Sure enough. But for those of us stuck with old tech yet trying to remain hip and use these new devices, it beats buying a new tv
    Mac Pro 2.66, Mac Book Pro 2.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2), RAM: 7 GB MP, 4 GB MBP
  • Richard Tench Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Oct 12, 2010 10:25 PM (in response to ringonbob)
    Same problem here. Sony WEGA 42 in. rear projection TV with DVI in.
    iMac 24, 3 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 250 GB hard drive + USB drives
  • Euripides Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 13, 2010 5:09 PM (in response to ringonbob)
    Same here. Same TV (KF50WE610). Same problem. Not sure why ATV2 doesn't have a simple option menu for this. All the other HDDVR's throughout the years had a setup for this or "just worked". Maybe it is too smart...

    Not sure what to do? It was supposed to be my Netflix viewer but now I may have to return it if there is no "fix" in the works.
    iBook G4 , iMac 17" (early 2006), iMac 20" (late 2006), Self-built PC C2D 2.6Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • jpt1iphone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2010 5:34 PM (in response to pc2macconverted)
    2nd gen Apple TV - Same wavy issue with HDMI to DVI cable. I see that XBOX and Playstation firmware has a software switch for fixing the refresh rate for those with older TV's that are 1080p but with component or DVI.

    Heres hoping Apple will add this as a software switch option...
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Apple TV 2nd Gen
  • Don Louv Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 4, 2010 5:38 PM (in response to pc2macconverted)
    I have a 5 year-old Panasonic plasma TV with the wavy lines problem when my 2nd Gen Apple TV is connected (via HDMI).

    No other device has ever shown such a problem connected via HDMI.
    Other OS
  • psereiko Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 28, 2010 8:18 PM (in response to pc2macconverted)
    I've been pulling my hair out on this. I have a Sony KV-34XBR800 with a DVI port that supports HDCP. According to the manual the HD suport is 1080i and 720p ..... perhaps also 480p and 480i, but i'm not sure if the latter two are supported on the DVI port. I've tried two types of cables/adapters with the ATV2 and just get a black blank screen. No picture, no apple logo ... nothing.

    The audio and Airplay work great using the optical connector. And when I connect the ATV2 to my daughters newer Bravia the video works great. But on the older Sony .... nothing.

    I can't believe that this is a cable problem, but since that's the only component that I have the power to change out ... that's what i've been doing.

    Any other suggestions? I'd prefer to not go out and have to buy a new TV or tuner to get a $99 box working !!!!
    Apple TV (2nd GEneration), Other OS
  • sboychuck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 29, 2010 12:38 AM (in response to psereiko)
    I got my 720P back using an HDMI Switch with RCA component out from Monoprice.com. I am running the video and audio through the switch to my DVI input. This switch might also work for you. I also got a 24AWG HDMI to HDMI cable to put between the ATV2 and the switch.
    MB Pro4.1, iMac 9.1 and iPad 32G wifi + 3G, Time Capsule, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • ChuckInk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 11:57 AM (in response to sboychuck)
    sboychuck:

    What do you use to connect from the switch to the DVI input? Just one cable that delivers both video and audio?

    Thanks.
    iMac Intel, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
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