ATV signal scrambled

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by beats me, May 17, 2008.

  1. beats me macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2008
    I'm using the ATV on an old HDTV that only has component cable ports. Every so often the video signal gets scrambled and sometimes it doesn't get any signal at all.

    I tried another ATV on the same TV and got the same problem. I've also tried different component cables and that didn't help either. I didn't run out and get monster cables or something like that because I think that's a bunch of BS (at least in the audio world).

    So could this be a cable issue? Also would having a weak wireless signal cause this? Although I don't know why since it's play things directly off the drive.

  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Sounds like the problem could be with your TV's component inputs...
  3. beats me thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2008
    That's what I was afraid of. I wasn't ignoring the obvious but was hoping for something cheaper than buying a whole new TV.
  4. CoffeeMonkey macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2003
    I'm sure this is far too late for the original poster, but in case somebody else with the same problem stumbles upon this thread (as I did earlier today), I thought I'd post my solution.

    I had the same problem, and it was due to the fact that the ATV was set to the (much higher) resolution of the tv in my family room, so when I moved it down to my old CRT tv in the basement, my CRT tv didn't know how to interpret the signal.

    Holding + and menu on the ATV remote will force the ATV to test all the possible resolutions, and if it finds one your tv can read, you are set.

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