After adjusting the scaling through the ATI Catalyst Control for my Media Center (Radeon 4350 HDMI card), everything has been working great for about a month until this morning. I was watching HULU and noticed the scaling had reverted to having about a 1" perimeter of unused screen. But then when I retruned to Media Center, it was back to the right scale that filled the entire screen. Once I started trying to debug the problem I noticed another interesting problem - when you switch out of MC to watch HULU, or a blu-ray disk through TMT3, or even MC's own Internet TV, the signal input source on the TV switches (even though it's switching to the current setting - HDMI input). Then the resolution is wrong. When you switch back to MC, it does it again - goes to black screen while selecting input source as HDMI - and then resolution is fine again. I used ATI Catalyst Control to set the resolution scale correct while it was in HULU and everything seems OK now, but you still get the input source switching phenomenon which is weird. Any thoughts as to what is going on?
OK, trying to debug this issue - it definitely seems to be a Media Center problem. I've run Hulu and TMT3 fine from the desktop. Hulu will eventually play from within Media Center - when you click on its icon it starts (I know because you start getting audio), but it will drop you back into Media Center. If you click Hulu again - sometimes multiple times, it will eventually drop into the Hulu destop application. TMT3 won't play at all within Media Center - it acts the same as Hulu except that eventually it will just blue screen on you. You can recover by hitting Standby and then waking the PC up. I've also noticed that when you minimize/maximize Media Center from the desktop it goes through its TV input issue. I've gone through Media Center set-up again and changed the TV from Flat Panel to Television but that didn't change anything. Not sure what else to check - anyone have any ideas here?
tlitchfoHulu will eventually play from within Media Center - when you click on its icon it starts (I know because you start getting audio), but it will drop you back into Media Center. If you click Hulu again - sometimes multiple times, it will eventually drop into the Hulu destop application.
That's why people have created liaison applications to handle launching Hulu Desktop from WMC. I am using one which I will link when I find out what it is. In any event, I don't think this behavior is related to your resolution phenomena.
EDIT: WMC_HuluDesktopFix: http://drop.io/Orijnal
I'm using the Hulu Destop Integration1.0 - here's what happens...
This is basically the same behavior for TMT3 when trying to play a blu-ray DVD - but many times W7MC will just stop working with a blue screen displayed; to recover fomr this I hit "Standby" on the remote to force Sleep Mode, then "Standby" again to wake the machine up.
And, you get the same behavior with Netflix - although it will start the first time but you still get the input selection stuff.
I'm at my wits end - don't know what else to look for or debug????
I just wanted to close out this thread. As it turns out the problem was with the Denon AV Receiver. I have the MC7 connected to it via HDMI input #1, as well as the TV - also with HDMI Out. There was a Denon setting for HDMI output that was set to 1080i, the resolution of the TV. Apparently though, what that was doing was taking the input signal and trying to upconvert it 1080i if necessary thus causing MC7 some issues as the TV resolution was "stablelizing" so-to-speak. There was an option to set that parameter to "Through" thus bypassing any processing of the signal input from the MC7. That did the trick - Netflix works flawlessly now. TMT3 works fine as long as it is automatically initiated from either a physical BD-DVD in the player, or clicking on a ripped BD-DVD in Movies menu. If you just try to click on the TMT3 menu in MC7, it will keep returning to the MC7 menu screen. Hulu now works OK - the first time you click on it you can see it go to the desktop and open Hulu, but it will still drop back to MC7 menu (but Hulu is now started because you begin to get the audio from its stream). If you click on it a 2nd time, it will drop you into the Hulu Destop app. Once you close the Hulu app, it sits on the W7 desktop until you depress Start on the remote which then brings MC7 back up. So, not a pretty integration except for Netflix, but at least it works.