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banned2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
HI, I need to buy some decent HDMI cables.

I've tried a few cheap ones and I get issues when using them via my HDMI switch with my PS3. I either don't get an image or the screen flickers. If I use my official Sony cable that came with my PS4, the issue doesn't happen so it's down to cheap cables.

Anyone suggest anything?

Thanks
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banned2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#2
Try Amazon basics, I have a 20m high speed HDMI cable that I use and its great and they are cheap compared to branded as well
banned#4
Pjcity
Try Amazon basics, I have a 20m high speed HDMI cable that I use and its great and they are cheap compared to branded as well

Hmm, I've tried 3 different cables with my PS3 and HDMI switch and I just get 'mode not supported'. Having to use the cable that came with my PS4 for now so it's clearly the cables.

How do I also make sure the HDMI cable will give maximum output? i.e. 1080p?
#5
jaydog69
Pjcity
Try Amazon basics, I have a 20m high speed HDMI cable that I use and its great and they are cheap compared to branded as well

Hmm, I've tried 3 different cables with my PS3 and HDMI switch and I just get 'mode not supported'. Having to use the cable that came with my PS4 for now so it's clearly the cables.

How do I also make sure the HDMI cable will give maximum output? i.e. 1080p?
most of my hdmi cables cost no more than a few pounds and work perfectly with both hdmi switches and an hdmi matrix. I've only had trouble when using 2 15m hdmi connected together and set to 1080p, a hdmi booster surprisingly fixed that problem. So I would say if the distance is not far it could be the switch that is causing most of the trouble. That's assuming the cables work fine without the switch in the way

Edited By: badasschris on Jun 29, 2014 23:24
banned#6
badasschris
jaydog69
Pjcity
Try Amazon basics, I have a 20m high speed HDMI cable that I use and its great and they are cheap compared to branded as well

Hmm, I've tried 3 different cables with my PS3 and HDMI switch and I just get 'mode not supported'. Having to use the cable that came with my PS4 for now so it's clearly the cables.

How do I also make sure the HDMI cable will give maximum output? i.e. 1080p?
most of my hdmi cables cost no more than a few pounds and work perfectly with both hdmi switches and an hdmi matrix. I've only had trouble when using 2 15m hdmi connected together and set to 1080p, a hdmi booster surprisingly fixed that problem. So I would say if the distance is not far it could be the switch that is causing most of the trouble. That's assuming the cables work fine without the switch in the way

Yeah the cables work fine connected from the TV to the PS3 directly. 2 cables I have work via the switch, the other 2 don't (i get the mode not supported message) - it's really odd so I can only presume it's the cables not working correctly with the switch.

What switches do you have?
banned#7
I'd go in currys and ask, they do a great range around the 60 quid mark which have much better colour and picture than the cheap ones. If you ask a sales adviser they will help you.
#8
We have tried some Belkin PureAV ones here and for the quality of build and cost (Varies massively so you might have to hunt around for lowest price), they are great value.

I've also read that the length of cable can make a difference and you don't mention that in your OP so could be a contributing factor if over 10mtrs (I think).
#9
Musician
I'd go in currys and ask, they do a great range around the 60 quid mark which have much better colour and picture than the cheap ones. If you ask a sales adviser they will help you.

:)

I saw Watchdog as well....funny....although some didn't spin the spin....
banned#10
Likely2
Musician
I'd go in currys and ask, they do a great range around the 60 quid mark which have much better colour and picture than the cheap ones. If you ask a sales adviser they will help you.

:)

I saw Watchdog as well....funny....although some didn't spin the spin....

I might test them one day to see if they really have retrained their staff :)
#11
jaydog69
badasschris
jaydog69
Pjcity
Try Amazon basics, I have a 20m high speed HDMI cable that I use and its great and they are cheap compared to branded as well

Hmm, I've tried 3 different cables with my PS3 and HDMI switch and I just get 'mode not supported'. Having to use the cable that came with my PS4 for now so it's clearly the cables.

How do I also make sure the HDMI cable will give maximum output? i.e. 1080p?
most of my hdmi cables cost no more than a few pounds and work perfectly with both hdmi switches and an hdmi matrix. I've only had trouble when using 2 15m hdmi connected together and set to 1080p, a hdmi booster surprisingly fixed that problem. So I would say if the distance is not far it could be the switch that is causing most of the trouble. That's assuming the cables work fine without the switch in the way

Yeah the cables work fine connected from the TV to the PS3 directly. 2 cables I have work via the switch, the other 2 don't (i get the mode not supported message) - it's really odd so I can only presume it's the cables not working correctly with the switch.

What switches do you have?


Not sure if you have done it yet but there is a connection reset so to speak and that normally fixes mode not supported. Just Google. Mode. Not supported for ps3.

If you've tried that then I'm out of ideas as mine are running on cheap ebay cables just perfect.
banned#12
I use 1.5 or 2m cables.
#13
so it's down to cheap cables
I think the problem is that that statement is false.
#14
If I were you I would go on amazon and buy a new switch and 2 new hdmi cables and try not to spend more than £10-£15 on all of it. Basic hdmi and switches should work perfectly fine at 1080p over these distances. If they don't get your money back, it is a very simple process
banned#15
badasschris
If I were you I would go on amazon and buy a new switch and 2 new hdmi cables and try not to spend more than £10-£15 on all of it. Basic hdmi and switches should work perfectly fine at 1080p over these distances. If they don't get your money back, it is a very simple process

Thanks, have done this :-)
#16
jaydog69
badasschris
If I were you I would go on amazon and buy a new switch and 2 new hdmi cables and try not to spend more than £10-£15 on all of it. Basic hdmi and switches should work perfectly fine at 1080p over these distances. If they don't get your money back, it is a very simple process

Thanks, have done this :-)
great I hope that solves the problem. I'm sure it will but if not feel free to send me a message and I'll try and help.
banned#17
No luck, I don't get this at all....

HDTV > New Cable > PS3 = Works Perfect
HDTV > New Cable > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = 'Mode/Resolution Not Supported'
HDTV > Any cable I have > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = 'Mode/Resolution Not Supported'
HDTV > Cheap flimsy cable which works > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = Works Perfect

What's interesting, is that with all the above methods, I reset the PS3 resolution settings and it works when I select all resolutions apart from 1080p, so 1080p is causing the above issues.

But then with the cheap flimsy cable I have, 1080p works... why won't any other HDMI cable work? I need to change the flimsy cable as the connector keeps falling out of the connection on the PS3 as it's so cheap and rubbish, but then it's the only one that works, and I'm not determined out of curiosity to find out why this is happening.

I just don't see where the problem lies in the above.

Just did a test on the PS4 this time -

HDTV > New Cable > PS4 = Works Perfect
HDTV > New Cable > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS4 = Screen flickers badly and then eventually goes black.
HDTV > Any cable I have > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS4 = Screen flickers badly and then eventually goes black.
HDTV > Any cable I have > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS4 via all resolutions apart from 1080p = All ok
HDTV > Cable that came with my PS4 > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS4 = Works Perfect
HDTV > Cheap cable whcih works ok with PS3 > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS4 = Screen flickers badly and then eventually goes black.

So again, 1080p output won't work with any cable apart from the cable that came with my PS4, so is this a switch problem or a cable problem? I'd say it was the switch, but then the PS4 cable works ok via 1080p output. Even the working cable for the PS3 doesn't work with the PS4!

CONFUSED!




Edited By: jaydog69 on Jul 01, 2014 10:54: MORE INFO
#18
jaydog69
No luck, I don't get this at all....

HDTV > New Cable > PS3 = Works Perfect
HDTV > New Cable > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = 'Mode/Resolution Not Supported'
HDTV > Any cable I have > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = 'Mode/Resolution Not Supported'
HDTV > Cheap flimsy cable which works > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = Works Perfect

What's interesting, is that with all the above methods, I reset the PS3 resolution settings and it works when I select all resolutions apart from 1080p.

But then with the cheap flimsy cable I have, 1080p works... why won't any other HDMI cable work? I need to change the flimsy cable as the connector keeps falling out of the connection on the PS3 as it's so cheap and rubbish, but then it's the only one that works, and I'm not determined out of curiosity to find out why this is happening.

I just don't see where the problem lies in the above.
Hmm okay. What else is connected to the hdmi switch? is it always on? what happens when the second/third devices are connected/not connected turned on/off?

Are we talking about a new hdmi switch or the old one? If new do they both behave in the same manner?

Also try changing which port the ps3 uses in the switch.

Do the other devices work fine? are any of them outputting 1080p?


Edited By: badasschris on Jul 01, 2014 10:54: another q
banned#19
Chris I've given more info above. Have tried different ports on the switch. Also it's the same switch I had before, the Duronic one, I got a replacement.
banned#20
I only have the PS3 and PS4 connected to the switch by the way.
#21
jaydog69
I only have the PS3 and PS4 connected to the switch by the way.
I would bet the switch is the problem. Do you have more than one hdmi port on tv? do you get the same results with that?

If so then I would try a different switch (you could have been very unlucky and got another faulty hdmi cable but I find that more unlikely)

get a refund on your current hdmi switch and maybe try something like this?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CSL-control-intelligent-automatic-function-black/dp/B00DZIQG66/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1404210082&sr=8-5&keywords=hdmi+switch

It mentions a booster so maybe that will help

Edit - the other option is to output 1080i it's the same resolution and you can't really tell the difference.

Edited By: badasschris on Jul 01, 2014 11:37
banned#22
badasschris
jaydog69
No luck, I don't get this at all....

HDTV > New Cable > PS3 = Works Perfect
HDTV > New Cable > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = 'Mode/Resolution Not Supported'
HDTV > Any cable I have > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = 'Mode/Resolution Not Supported'
HDTV > Cheap flimsy cable which works > Duronic HDMI Switch > PS3 = Works Perfect

What's interesting, is that with all the above methods, I reset the PS3 resolution settings and it works when I select all resolutions apart from 1080p.

But then with the cheap flimsy cable I have, 1080p works... why won't any other HDMI cable work? I need to change the flimsy cable as the connector keeps falling out of the connection on the PS3 as it's so cheap and rubbish, but then it's the only one that works, and I'm not determined out of curiosity to find out why this is happening.

I just don't see where the problem lies in the above.
Hmm okay. What else is connected to the hdmi switch? is it always on? what happens when the second/third devices are connected/not connected turned on/off?

Are we talking about a new hdmi switch or the old one? If new do they both behave in the same manner?

Also try changing which port the ps3 uses in the switch.

Do the other devices work fine? are any of them outputting 1080p?


The cheap flimsy cable won't output correctly with the PS4 at 1080p, but it does with the PS3.

The Sony cable outputs at 1080p fine with the PS4 and outputs at 1080p fine with the PS3. So this is looking more and more like a cheap cable issue... but then these cheap cables work fine when not routed via the switch!
banned#23
That switch you suggested looks pretty cheap, I've read a lot about the Duronic box and it's been reviewed well.
#24
jaydog69
That switch you suggested looks pretty cheap, I've read a lot about the Duronic box and it's been reviewed well.
These things really shouldn't cost a lot so I wouldn't let that put you off.

Is this the hdmi switch you are using? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Duronic-HDS3-Switch-output-Switcher/dp/B0020426AG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

If you check there are quite a few 1 and 2 * reviews with similar problems to what you are experiencing so maybe with that device its pot luck if you get a working one (there are more good than bad reviews but maybe the majority of those are not using 1080p)

You could always ask for a replacement hdmi cable to see if that is the problem. At 1-2m any hdmi should easily handle 1080p

The benefit of the switch I suggested is it uses an external power supply to boost the signal, so although not as convenient, it should give a better chance of passing the signal through to the TV.

Edited By: badasschris on Jul 01, 2014 11:54
banned#25
badasschris
jaydog69
That switch you suggested looks pretty cheap, I've read a lot about the Duronic box and it's been reviewed well.
These things really shouldn't cost a lot so I wouldn't let that put you off.

Is this the hdmi switch you are using? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Duronic-HDS3-Switch-output-Switcher/dp/B0020426AG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

If you check there are quite a few 1 and 2 * reviews with similar problems to what you are experiencing so maybe with that device its pots luck if you get a working one (there are more good than bad reviews but maybe the majority of those are not using 1080p)

You could always ask for a replacement hdmi cable to see if that is the problem. At 1-2m any hdmi should easily handle 1080p

The benefit of the switch I suggested is it uses an external power supply to boost the signal, so although not as convenient, it should give a better chance of passing the signal through to the TV.

I ordered two cables from Amazon, both have the same issue. I also have the same issue with 2 spare cables I have.

Some cables work with the switch, some don't. The only one which works perfectly is the Sony PS4 cable - the switch works great with the PS3 and PS4 with this cable so this is why I'm not convinced it's the box - surely if it was, the PS4 cable wouldn't output at 1080p for the PS3 and PS4?

I really don't want to go down the route of a powered switch if I'm being honest. A normal switch should be fine.



Edited By: jaydog69 on Jul 01, 2014 11:56
banned#26
Only other thing I can try is buying a couple of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003L1ZYYM/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=electronics

Might be better quality. It might be a case of the Duronic switch not liking cheap cables. For all I know, the flimsy cable might actually be a decent one, I can't remember where I got it from.
#27
jaydog69
Only other thing I can try is buying a couple of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003L1ZYYM/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=electronics

Might be better quality. It might be a case of the Duronic switch not liking cheap cables. For all I know, the flimsy cable might actually be a decent one, I can't remember where I got it from.
yea in that case get refunds on those other cables and try the amazon ones. I've used them before and they worked fine for 1080p going direct or through a matrix / av receiver. Best of luck

Edited By: badasschris on Jul 01, 2014 13:59
banned#28
badasschris
jaydog69
Only other thing I can try is buying a couple of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003L1ZYYM/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=electronics

Might be better quality. It might be a case of the Duronic switch not liking cheap cables. For all I know, the flimsy cable might actually be a decent one, I can't remember where I got it from.
yea in that case get refunds on those other cables and try the amazon ones. I've used them before and they worked fine for 1080p going direct or through a matrix / av receiver. Best of luck

Thanks for your help. Like I said, if these don't work, it will be a new switch I try.
banned#29
I've just ordered this too -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DYW6AF0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So will see if it's the cables, or the switch tomorrow. If I still get issues with new cables and a different brand of switch, then I have no idea.
banned#30
Ok well it's not the switch then. Received a totally different brand of switch today -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DYW6AF0/?tag=ho01f-21

Same exact issue. Last resort will be the higher quality cables I have on order. Completely thrown me this!
#31
Officially licensed HDMI cables? Never heard of them before today :s
banned#32
Thalagyrt
Officially licensed HDMI cables? Never heard of them before today :s

Huh?
banned#33
Problem solved...

Got my AmazonBasics HDMI cables today and they work perfectly with the switch outputting at 1080p. I then tried the old cables I had and the problem was still there.

So this has proved the problem was down to cheap crappy cables which I'll now stay well away from. I have to say the image on screen looks a bit brighter too with these new cables.

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