Resolved ATV3 / receiver / 1080i TV picture problem

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  1. seejay, Jul 3, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012

    seejay macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    I've seen a similar post in scanning through but not quite the same problem...

    I have an older projection 1080i Hitachi TV, a newer Onkyo TX-SR608 receiver and purchased the ATV3. When connecting the ATV3 to the receiver through the HDMI cable (and then HDMI cable to TV through a DVI-HDMI converter), the picture is scrambled. If I connect the ATV3 directly to the TV with the same HDMI cable and converter, the picture is fine. I've then manually set the resolution on the ATV3 to 720p (which works on the direct connect) and reconnected through the receiver and the same problem happens. I've gone through what I believe are all the possible settings on the receiver, but can't fix this. I've set it to 'pass through' to try to avoid upscaling but still no luck.

    I recognize getting a new TV is one solution, but not in the cards right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    I just helped a friend do something similar with an HDMI->Component converter. Here's what you need to do:

    Connect the AppleTV to the TV.
    Go to Settings->General->Accessibility and turn VoiceOver On.
    Connect the AppleTV to the reciever.
    Use VoiceOver to traverse the Settings menu and change the resolution to 720p.
    Turn VoiceOver back off.
  3. seejay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    Thank you! That worked awesome! I messed with this for hours not realizing or thinking it was reverting back to auto when it was reconnected to the receiver.n thanks again.
  4. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    You're welcome. I think the AppleTV keeps track of each display that it gets connected to and what the resolution setting is for that display. In your case the receiver acts like a different display.

    Another solution is to Restore the AppleTV in iTunes to clear out its memory and then connect it to the receiver. This will cause VoiceOver to get enabled after a few minutes.

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