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My Lockups Linked to System Selector
Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:49 AM
My HR20 had been locking up at least once every 24 hours since the day I got it. It seemed hardware related, and it appears that it was, only the HR20 was not the piece of hardware causing the problem.
I have an 8-input, component/optical system selector that allows me to switch between the HR20, the Xbox, the PS2, the DVD player, etc. In addition, I was running my Xbox 360 directly into the TV and the receiver. In an effort to eliminate a few variables, I changed it so that the HR20 ran directly into the TV and receiver and the Xbox 360 ran through the selector unit.
That was last Thursday. My HR20 has not locked up once since, as opposed to a lockup every 18 - 24 hours. My Xbox 360, on the other hand, now occasionally starts up with an error code that, according to Microsoft documentation, translates to a problem with the AV cable. The AV cables that worked flawlessly for the past 10 months until I plugged them into the system selector.
Not sure if anyone else has a similar setup, but if you are still seeing some daily lockups, you might want to remove equipment from the mix each day and see if that helps you at all.
Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:50 AM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:59 AM
I have a system selector by Pelican, and have had 0 troubles (knock wood). The remote for it is spotty (I can change from input A to B, but not to C, and not B to A, etc). What model are you using?
I'm using the Pelican one as well, but I got the previous model that didn't have the remote. Same number of inputs, but no remote. Mine seems to be causing some problems. It could just be input A, but I really don't feel like doing further experimenting right now. If it continues to be a problem with my 360, I'll run that right into the 2nd (and last) HD input on my TV and just deal with the PS2 in non-HD. The only real loss there would be the optical audio, as the PS2 never really did anything with it's HD capabilities.
Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:05 AM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:21 AM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:22 AM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:30 AM
I wonder if you can really blame this on the Pelican box, or if the real problem was something else that went away when the cables were unplugged & reinserted - an incomplete connector insertion, for example.
I would be hesitant to blame it on the Pelican if it wasn't for the fact that as soon as I hooked up the Xbox 360 to the Pelican, it immediately complained that there was an issue with the AV cable. Rebooting the 360 made the problem go away, but then it came back. Disconnecting the cables to the 360 and reconnecting them didn't help as it still complains about the AV cable issue every few boots. I can only make the problem go away 100% with the Pelican out of the loop.
Up until this point I was extremely pleased with the Pelican. 8 component inputs, 3 optical audio inputs, all for under $100. You can't find this setup from any other manufacturer. The closest thing I could find was a JVC one that costs $700 and only has 2 optical audio inputs. However, there's clearly something wrong with mine and some further research on the internets has shown quite a few people having problems with it. I just don't want to take a chance that this $80 selector is going to take down the thousands of dollars in equipment that it's hooked up to.