01-10-2010 08:14 AM
"Here is the solution for "WDTV won't stay in HDMI mode"
The problem is related with HDMI connector on the stuff (WDTV).
It is so deep and HDMI cable connectors not eneugh long plug correctly.
Just need to cut 1-2 mm plastic cover from the connector on cable.
When the metal place became longer 1-2mm. the problem end.
The connector reach end of the female HDMI **bleep**
The problem is I don't know with what to cut the HDMI as the plastic is very thick !
01-10-2010 03:34 PM
I cut my HDMI cord down with a boxcutter and it didnt do anything as I guessed it wouldnt.
If I reset the device with only the HDMI cable plugged in (no yellow composite at all) I see the Blue WD logo upon startup. So I know the connection is fine. The box just doesnt want to output once I try to change it in the settings.
01-19-2010 10:44 PM - edited 01-20-2010 08:52 PM
I tried all the tricks with settings as well. No luck.
But the cutting of 2 mm or so off the HDMI cable shoulder worked! It now fits further into the HDMI socket in the back of the WDTV. HDMI output comes up fine now.
Just a note, this cable works perfectly on my DVD and PVR so i know it's not a crap cable.
I was very dubious when i read that cutting works. Sounded dodgy, but after ringing WDTV support and getting no help i figured it was worth a try. Support suggested i try a different "version" of HDMI cable, or keep buying one until i find one that works. Obviously they know they are out of spec for HDMI cables and it's up to us to fix the problem by finding one that is longer than normal.
Here's a photo of what i did. The left hand plug is the uncut end that plugs into my TV and the right one plugs into the WDTV. It shows the cut plug and the left over bit. I used a box cutter or what we call in oz a stanley or craft knife. It was thick plastic but pretty soft. Plug still feels solid in the sheath and doesn't wobble so i reckon it'll save me the hassle of going into town to buy a new one.
"This issue is caused by the fact that the WDTV does not meet the mechanical specification for HDMI. The specification requires no greater than 2mm between the bezel and the connector, but the WDTV has 3mm. I strongly suggest that WDTV fix this issue or they may face losing their HDMI certification."
02-06-2010 01:18 AM
02-14-2010 01:38 AM
Even though I have searched forums all day I am happy to find the 'cut it off' solution at the enbd of the day..Cant believe that i had sent my initial player back then recieved a new on with same problem.
I spoke to suppport several times without a solutiuon. WHY do they not know OR are not admitting to a failure in the unit connection,
Hope othesr find this solution also.
Today I have at last viewed the WD menu screen for the first time after a month in the dark.
Now I am not game enough to turn it off.
02-15-2010 06:58 PM
I bought a WD TV Live last week and it worked fine with Component (RGB) video, but I couldn't get anything via HDMI (though the TV recognized something was plugged into HDMI 1). I called WD support and they suggested upgrading the firmware (though there was nothing in the upgrade notes about HDMI). They had no other suggestions. I tried the FW upgrade to no avail (big surprise). I tried different cables, different TVs - nothing. So I returned it, got a new one - same problem. I thought that too unlikely, so I began doing some research and ran across this thread. It's almost unbelievable, but I trimmed off one end of a cheaper (no gold on the contacts) HDMI. It exposed a wee bit of the "inner workings" of the cable, but it actually works!
I am both amazed and dismayed that this problem has been going on for like a year (based on some of the posts I've seen) and WD hasn't corrected it. It makes me wonder about their commitment to building a quality product. I'm seriously considering returning my WD TV Live and buying one of the new Seagate units.
In any event, thanks to all you folks who tried this before me.