Sometimes I have to do the same thing. John
I recently bought a Samsung DVD-R/VCR Upconverter. I have the video out from this player going from the HDMI Out to the HDMI-1 In on my HD/LCD TV. I'm using this cable only for the video source. I'm running a digital coax cable from this box to my Onkyo AV Receiver so that I can also hear in 5.1 Surround Sound. The Onkyo Receiver does not have any HDMI Ports.
In addition, I'm running component cables form the Component Out on this box to the AV1 IN on my Motorola DVR supplied by Comcast. This is so that I can record any programming that I choose using the DVD-R.
When I watch the DVD-R/VCR, the tv automatically switches to HDMI-1, a message comes up that reads, "HDMI Audio Is Not Supported", the AV Receiver switches to DVD mode, then the picture appears; and the sound comes out of the surround sound speakers. That is what happens NORMALLY!! Everything is great.
Every now and then the video NEVER appears on the screen and I get a message that reads, "Searching For Signal," but the audio comes out of the speakers. The only way to fix the problem is to unplug the HDMI cable from the back of the LCD and plug it back in.
I thought it was a faulty HDMI cable, but that wasn't the case because the same thing is happening with a new cable. I thought maybe the DVD-R/VCR was faulty, so I brought it back and exchanged it for new one, but that didn't work either. Finally, I thought maybe the HDMI-1 Port on the back of the LCD was broken, so I switched to the HDMI-2 Port, but again the same thing just happened.
I want to use the HDMI cable because the Samsung manual reads that the upconverter only works if you use it, not component cables.
What could be the problem? How do I get a reliable picture that is going to appear every time I switch on the DVD-R/VCR?