copy protection

Why Am I Getting HDCP Errors on My TV?

HDCP Error

Episode 1782

Greg from Anaheim, CA

Greg is having a problem with HD and Dish Network. Leo says it's probably copy protection called HDCP, and if one thing in the chain isn't HDCP compliant, you'll get an error. Chances are, it's your cables. Make sure they are HDCP compliant. According to Satellite Guys, there was a firmware update on the DISH box that is causing intermittent HDCP errors. Here's a tech note about it.  An HDMI splitter can also bypass the HDCP copy protection.

Does Epson Restrict Third Party Ink Cartridges?

Epson 2750

Episode 1769

Joe from Knoxville, TN

Joe recently had a firmware update, and Epson killed the ability for him to use third-party ink cartridges. Leo hates that and says it's anti-competitive. It also wreaks of industrial sabotage and begs the question: if they can do that, do you really own your printer?

If accurate, Leo finds this a disappointing development because he's always considered Epson one of the "good guys." And he hates copy protection.

If you like Epson though, the EcoTank line gives you enough ink so you don't need cartridges.

Why is my audio video signal dropping out on my TIVO?

Tivo Edge

Episode 1730

Bruce from Las Vegas, NV

Bruce is having issues with his TV that the audio gets out of sync and the video goes blank on his TIVO Edge. Leo says it's losing HDMI sync when you run it through the AV receiver. And it's likely the AV Receiver that's causing it since Bruce isn't having issues connecting through his Xbox or directly. Is there a setting he needs to look for in his AVR? Look in the settings for eliminating the sync handshake. That's what's dropping out. If you can make it always on, it would never have to lose the handshake. Leo also suspects a new HDMI cable may solve the problem.

Can I get my old programs off my DVR?

TiVo BOLT VOX

Episode 1514

Eric from Orange County, CA

Eric cut the cable and wants to know if he can get programs off his old TiVo. Leo says in the first generation TiVos, he would be able to. But copy protection has locked down and encrypted that data. TIVO to Go was an option, but it was a very poor solution. There is one way to do it still, and that's the analog hole. Eric can connect his TIVO using the analog component jacks (red, white and yellow), but it will be standard definition.

How can I save media files from my DVR?

DVR

Episode 1502

John from Anaheim, CA

John has fiddling with the RG45 jack on his DVR and discovered that he could play his programs through his Roku device from it. He could also copy them to his PC and play them through Kodi. Can he convert them from there? Leo says that TTS is a "muxed" file that he can play, and it's probably MPEG 2. Almost anything that can read video files, like HandBrake, could do it. VLC definitely could play it. The DTCP.IP files, though, will need a special player.

Why is my iMac getting so slow?

https://www.macsales.com/

Episode 1480

LeBaron from Mobile, AL

LeBaron has a 2010 iMac computer that is getting very slow, and Leo suspects that the culprit is a failing hard drive. The upgrade is non-trivial, but it can be done. Leo recommends going with a solid state drive to make it a heck of a lot faster. Then connect an external drive for the data. What Leo recommends is going to Otherworld Computing and look up the model. You can see what parts are needed, along with tools. Then decide whether to try to DIY or to have it done by a technician.