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Gefen HDmi Detective Plus

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Gefen

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3.9 x 2.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: EXT-HDMI-EDIDP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2004

Product Description

Gefen Video Capturing Device EXT-HDMI-EDIDP Video Capture Devices

Customer Reviews

The screen would display fine, but the sound was lost sometimes.
B. Anttila
Simply plug it in to your sink device (in this case my receiver), plug in the power, and hit the program button so it can record the HDMI EDID.
John Bellomy
Now it doesn't matter which order I turn on my components, everything just works.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By P. Meyer on April 9, 2009
Verified Purchase
I was hesitant to buy this part mostly because of the price. As it is, building my Blu-ray HD HTPC ended up costing me about 3 times what I had originally anticipated! Here's yet another $100+ dollars ... "will it work and will it be worth it?" I wondered. Bottom line, I'm very happy I purchased this item because it does exactly what it is supposed to do.

I was having problems with my HTPC setup. I run HDMI carrying audio and video from my HTPC's motherboard to a A/V Receiver. Then, another HDMI cord goes from the Receiver to my HDTV. Before installing the HDMI Detective, the problem would occur whenever (a) my HTPC would go to sleep/standby and then I would wake it up; or (b) I would turn off my Receiver or HDTV and then turn them back on. In these scenarios, once I woke up the PC or turned on the Receiver/TV I would no longer have a video or audio signal via my HDMI cords. One solution was to do a hard restart on the HTPC, which isn't horrible, but certainly is a pain in the butt. The other solution was to leave all three components running 24/7, which I quickly ruled out as an option since cumulatively they consume about 1000 watts and we all know electricity isn't free.

So, I purchased the HDMI Detective and installed it between my HTPC and the Receiver. Plugging in the Detective was easy and the initial programing took about 5 minutes. This is a very easy-to-use device.

With the HDMI Detective in place between my HTPC and Receiver, now everything works more like a traditional PC. I can put my HTPC to sleep and when I wake it up the Receiver instantly sees the HDMI connection and sends the subsequent signal on to the HDTV. Also, when I turn off and turn back on my Receiver or HDTV, everything picks up on the HDMI signal as if nothing were the matter.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Cornett on February 28, 2011
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I no longer see the blank screen, signal loss, or loss of audio problems I had switching my TV source over to my HTPC. With this device, my TV and HTPC can get on the same page in about 4 seconds, which is a huge improvement from the 10-20 seconds it took before, if I was lucky. Minus one star because the instructions were confusing. Its not clear enough which devices should be powered on or off at each stage. After 4-5 attempts, I found it worked if I followed this sequence exactly:

1. With your TV and your source/HTPC powered on and all working well, disconnect the HDMI cable between them.
2. Connect the TV to the HDMI Detective Plus output port.
3. Connect the HDMI Detective Plus power adapter. The light comes on.
4. Push the programming button. Wait for the blinking light to go solid green.
5. Unplug the power adapter. You don't need it anymore; it's just for programming.
6. Plug your source/HTPC into the HDMI Detective Plus input port. You're done.

Note that you never turn off your HTPC or TV. Don't power off or restart your source as the instructions say.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dave on June 29, 2012
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Ordered this due to issues when changing hdmi inputs on Yamaha receiver when watching XBMC or Microsoft Media Center (was getting force close ). Installed at the AVR and all issues are gone. Did not want to spend 85.00 on it so tried to find software solutions but could not find any. I did have issues trying to make it work. This worked for me.
1. power on all equipment tv, htpc, avr
2. make sure all jumpers are off and write switch is on "E"
3. connect supplied hdmi to output side, nothing on input side yet
4. connect power cord to hdmi detective and plug it in to power outlet
5. connect hdmi detective to "input" source of avr
6. press black button and hold until it is solid green "not flashing"
7. remove power cord from hdmi detective and move write switch to "D"
8. move jumper #4 to on if you have a bluryay player in your htpc
9. connect input side of hdmi detective to your htpc.

The jumpers and write switch are fragile so BE CAREFUL
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hdfj7ywm98xa on December 30, 2011
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I made the mistake of buying a Panasonic 37" Class LED-LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV. I use a HDMI splitter to watch my TiVo from multiple rooms. I spent many hours running HDMI cables throughout the house off this splitter. The new Panasonic TV was for the bedroom and was a real upgrade expense. So after install the TV was not recongnized by the Splitter. Turns our Panasonic uses Vivera technology and other propriatery communications that did not work with my standard HDMI splitter. I was extremely upset considering that all other brands worked fine (Samsung, sony. insignia)

My last hope was to try and see if the issue was some kind of protocal information break on the part of Panasonic. Of course Panasonic states to connect with only Panasonic HDMI cables and other Panasonic products (DVD, Sound System, etc...) so clearly they had no interest in understanding HDMI standards or the problem with their TV. I tried this device (HDMI detective plus) and it worked, but only if I kept it powered up with the 5VDC power source and configured it to pass through HDCP information (dip switch 4 enabled). That said, this device saved my Panasonic tv. I had to pay a big price to find the solution, but I am happy never the less. Buy this devices was less expesnive and imbarresing than having to admit defeat and sell the TV on craigslist.

Conclusion - DO NOT buy Panasonic TVs if you intended to ever use an HDMI splitter or switch. Secondly, if you own a Panasonic TV and have difficulty then this device is verly likely to solve the problem. I did for me.
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