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I have an inexpensive philips DVD player and a new, shiny Samsung 32" LCD TV. I had them connected via a cheapo HDMI cable I got from Monoprice.
The other day I popped in a DVD and all the colors went bonkers. The blue "DVD Player Background" was pink, and everything else was shifted all funny. Tried a different disk, same problem, Tried a set of component cables and it worked.
I'd rather have it hooked up via HDMI, because the dvd only upconverts via HDMI. That and I had to unplug my Wii to plug in the DVD player.
The way I see it either:
-The cable is broken
-The DVD player isn't outputting the right stuff over the HDMI out
-The TV is not properly interpreting what's coming on the HDMI in.
I'd obviously prefer 1 or 2 because those are cheaper problems to fix. I'll do some tests tonight (different hdmi cable), but is there anything else I should look out for?