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1.0 out of 5 stars How does a cable like this only sometimes work??, February 21, 2011
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This review is from: AmazonBasics HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable - 9.8 Feet (3 Meters) (Electronics)
So really, how does a cable like this only sometimes work?? Well I have no idea and it seems that some others have experienced it as well.

Nevertheless, this cable only works part of the time. When it does work, it displays an amazing image. I use it to connect my bluray player to my older HDTV that has a DVI input and without this cable I wouldn't be able to upscale my older DVD's to 1080i. When it 'stops' working the screen goes to white noise and it requires that I have to disconnect the HDMI side and reconnect it to get the picture back (dvi side doesn't seem to be affected). The HDMI side is a new SONY blu ray player and I doubt it is the one defective (especially given some of the experiences others have with this cable).

I don't grudge this cable the manadatory first star because it does work beutifully when it does....

UPDATE: I can confirm that it is this cable that does not work properly and not any of my devices. I purchased this other cable from a different manufacturer here at amazon http://www.amazon.com/15ft-Premium-HDMI-DVI-Cable/dp/B000HDJY7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298475107&sr=8-1 and it has worked perfectly over the last 24 hrs, whereas this one could only last about an hour or so at a time. So I highly recommend checking the other one out, it is a much thicker shielded cable as well. I wish I had purchased it to begin with.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2011 4:00:20 PM PST
B. Parker says:
According to Wikipedia, HDMI High Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection AKA HDCP (which is what the blu ray player has) does not allow copying permitted by fair use laws. The system is meant to stop HDCP-encrypted content from being played on devices that do not support HDCP or which have been modified to copy HDCP content. Before sending data, a transmitting device checks that the receiver is authorized to receive it. If so, the transmitter encrypts the data to prevent eavesdropping as it flows to the receiver. Since your TV with DVI input does not have HDCP I'm surprised the cable worked at all!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2011 7:41:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2011 8:08:24 AM PST
M says:
B.Parker, where did I say I had a non HDCP device? DVI connections on tvs in the last 7 years have HDCP.

I had already thought that HDCP could be the issue if there was a version conflict since mine would most likely have been version 1.0. However, if HDCP had been the culprit, I wouldn't have recieved garbled white noise, but a screen with a message telling me that I am not compliant and need to switch to component video. So that pretty much leaves me scratching my head, like the others, on how this cable can be so glitchy.

Hope that helps you further in your research.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 11:21:50 AM PDT
I would guess that the issue you were having is EMI related. If the new/other "more heavily shielded" cable worked fine, then perhaps your TV, or other devices nearby were causing interference, which was eliminated by the more heavily sheilded replacement you bought.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 1:52:39 PM PDT
M says:
EMI, never thought about that. That could actually answer it since my left and right speakers are unshielded. Most speakers these days are unshielded as well.

This would mean that these cables wouldn't be very good for typical home theater setups though and would be a design flaw.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 10:47:18 AM PST
WolfPup says:
Thanks for the review...I'm just sticking with Tripp Lite I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2013 9:38:29 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 29, 2013 11:12:57 PM PDT
WolfPup says:
Wooooow that Ben guy is extremely disturbing.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 8:28:24 PM PDT
Geoge M says:
It is extremely unlikely that EMI (if only you are talking about Electromagnetic Interference) could mess up a DIGITAL signal on a 10 ft (rather short) cable.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 6:31:01 AM PDT
It's ironic that the replacement cable that you recommend has similar negative reviews as well......

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 8:21:40 AM PST
mike martell says:
check your connections sounds like one or both are loose which will cause intermmitent problems.
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