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I have an 8300HD that's about 4 yrs old. Have had no problems with HDMI, both in it's previous role as my main home theatre STB for 2 yrs., and in it's current role feeding both my family room TV via composite video and to my kitchen LCD via HDMI. Suddenly, last week, with no warning or prior picture issues, I am not getting any HDMI in the LCD in the kitchen - no video, no audio.

I've checked the cable connections, I've verified the HDMI cable is OK by plugging in a laptop, and the picture comes up fine on the LCD. I've also used another HDMI cable to connect the 8300 to a computer monitor that has HDMI input, and I get no signal. I believe the issue is with the STB HDMI output.
I've tried cold boots, tried going thru the initial setup again (to select signal and picture format), and the problem persists.

I would appreciate any ideas.

I had a Future Shop extended warranty on this unit, but I think it's expired - have to dig out the paperwork. If it's out of warranty, is it even worth repairing, or should I bite the bullet and get a new unit?
 

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The HDMI physical connection on my 8300 started to fail earlier this year. For a while I was able to apply a little pressure on the cable, left, right, up or down to get it operational, but this stopped being effective recently.

Your warrantly would have expired a long time ago unless you had an extended warranty (not usually a good idea).
 

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To answer your question if it's worth it to repair:
It's most likely a cracked solder connection (or 2 or 3) on the mainboard of the PVR where the HDMI port is connected to. This is usually caused by the weight of the cable over an extended period. I don't think it would be too expensive to repair if you were to bring it to somewhere like the Cable Shoppe in Scarborough. Almost certainly much less than buying a new one with the added advantage of not losing your recordings. I would say it's worth asking them for an estimate. I'm sure they've fixed things like this previously.

And to stop it happening in the future, use a cable clip to reduce the stress on the connector on the box.
 

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thanks for the info. I found my documentation for the unit, and turns out it was still under extended warranty. I took it to FS and they gave me a new 8642 model. All is good :)
 
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