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I'm trying to connect my PC to my Pioneer VSX-821K via HDMI to one of the ports in the back. When I turn everything on, the PC flickers like it's acknowledging something is connected, but nothing appears on screen. The settings on the receiver should be correct because unplugging the HDMI and connecting it to my Xbox 360 works fine. To any owners of this or similar products, were there any settings you had to configure on your PC or receiver to get them to work together?

On a side note, I can get the PC to appear on my HDTV by connecting it directly to the HDMI input on the HDTV and I can get sound from my receiver via ARC. Is there any loss in audio quality by doing this rather than having it connected directly to the receiver?

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I'm going to take a very wild guess and say it has something to do with HDCP:

any device with DVI or HDMI outputs must carry a special digital anti-piracy code called HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) to thwart illegal copying. HDCP is mandated for both DVI and HDMI connections and uses an authentication protocol developed by computer chip-maker Intel. It involves the HD digital cable box or HD satellite receiver sending a kind of digital “hand-shake” to the HD receiving device (the TV display) to ensure that it's licensed to receive the HD content. These anti-copy codes are embedded in the digital video data stream and must be removed by the video processor in the HD display. Result? The display's internal video processor has to do extra digital “work” with no benefits to picture quality, so possible degradation may take place. Using the analog component video outputs bypasses the anti-piracy codes, so the TV display doesn't have to deal with the extra processing.


I would just run it straight to your TV, from there audio only from the audio out in your TV --> Receiver.
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You might just have to setup Media Sharing on windows media player. I had to do that to get my xbox 360 to see content on my pc.
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