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I have an LG 32LD690 television. I moved it from UK to Germany a month or two ago, in the back of a small truck (done by movers, not me). The TV arrived with a little condensation, but otherwise OK.

It seemed to work, but i've come across an issue where after an undetermined period of time (IE no pattern), it begins to reboot cycle, it never had this before. It turns off (power light goes red), powers on, powers off etc... so on. The fix is to turn it off for a while and then back on.

I read other threads that said it was related to the internet but the TV is only connected to optical out, power and an HDMI input. The cycle happened both using a PS3 to stream films (PS3Media server) and directly connected to my PC as an extra monitor.

I've managed to watch full films and football games on it... but it sometimes just starts randomly and is unpredictable. I updated to the latest firmware and it didn't fix it. Interestingly, what makes me think it's the cable is that I can leave it on the TV menus, games section etc... without the HDMI plugged in and it doesn't crash.

Could it be the HDMI cable itself? Or is the TV likely just screwed? I don't have a spare cable to test with... so i'm kinda asking for peace of mind smile.gif

Danke
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could it be maybe the HDMI cable is shorting something out when it's in the port? It could still be the cable - stranger things have happened. I don't think you'll achieve perfect peace of mind without trying a different cable tongue.gif
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I have had a cheap HDMI cable just stop working before, but never issues like you're explaining. It sounds like it's definitely the TV to be honest, have you tried using your HDMI cable on your computer with your monitor to try and rule that out completely?
    
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I have had a cheap HDMI cable just stop working before, but never issues like you're explaining. It sounds like it's definitely the TV to be honest, have you tried using your HDMI cable on your computer with your monitor to try and rule that out completely?

My monitor only accepts DisplayPort and DVI... so no can do!

Guess i'm going to have to wait a few days to get a new cable from Amazon frown.gif
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Does your TV have a DVI port? You could try connecting your PC to your TV over DVI and see if playing a movie gives you the same issues.
    
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Does your TV have a DVI port? You could try connecting your PC to your TV over DVI and see if playing a movie gives you the same issues.

Nein, only other PC style port is D-Sub VGA redface.gif

My GPU doesn't even have a D-Sub adaptor haha. I just really hope it is the bloody cable...
post #7 of 9
It does sound like the TV to be honest frown.gif

If you have the box for your GPU somewhere, it might have a DVI to HDMI adapter - mine came with one. That way, you could hook up your PC to the TV with a DVI cable and see what it's like.
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In the end, it was the cable!

Got another spare cable and it works perfectly... both on PC and PS3. So there you go... an HDMI cable can go bad tongue.gif
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Well now we know! tongue.gif
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