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General humans, I could use your assistance.
I have recently purchased a Denon AVR-S500BT (it's an A/V receiver). It's hooked up to some lovely little speakers, and I can run all my stupid devices through it to the TV, no problem. I've got all my devices paired to it via bluetooth so I can stream music. Basically, I have every device set up quite nicely.
I decided as an afterthought 'hey, why not pave the way for a media server some day?' and attempted to hook up my laptop via HDMI.
Now, I can very happily play sound from my laptop, but for the life of me, I cannot get the television to display anything from the computer. Perhaps you can assist?
Things I have tried:
-Setting up the laptop via the Blu-ray/DVD setting and the Media Player setting (which entails plugging it in to one of two different HDMI ports in the back of the receiver... did this on a hunch, didn't actually think it'd matter).
-Two different television sets.
-Various resolutions - everything my graphics card supports. I know one of the television sets supports a very specific resolution, but the other should be versatile.
-Restarting all the machines (more accurately, restarting the lightdm service)
-Hunting through the various menus for some sort of pass-through option (it's on, but it only affects standby situations)
-Plugging the laptop straight to the HDTV via HDMI (it works after resolution change).
I am currently running stock ubuntu 14.04 on the laptop, an nVidia 560M graphics solution, and I am using the (up-to-date) nVidia drivers. The signal path is currently ubuntu > HDMI > receiver > RCA > TV.
-Maybe the receiver takes whatever data I'm sending to it and tries to expand it to a stupid resolution that the TVs don't support? I can't find anything in the setup or manual about this. (EDIT: just found a troubleshooting tip in the manual, 'make sure the resolution of the player matches the resolution of the TV,' leading me to believe the receiver does NOT try to blow up or otherwise adjust the image)
-Likely receivers don't work the way I think they do - they require some specific sort of input (for some reason the acronym PCM is floating around my brain), and I need to find a way to make VLC stream that input to the second 'monitor.'
-Maybe HDCP is somehow interfering? I literally know nothing about this.
I have never owned an A/V receiver before, so I imagine my idea of the system is very simplistic and flawed. Enlighten me?
Now, from what I understand, most A/V Receivers will not "change type". Meaning if the input to the Receiver is HDMI, then you have to connect the TV to the HDMI "Monitor out". You can't get it take HDMI input and then output it to RCA/Composite or component.
This was indeed the problem.
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