Playbook becomes glitchy when connected through HDMI
So this isn't the first time this has happen and I've had 3 replacements because of this and the problem didn't go away. At this point I'm thinking it wasn't the Playbook that's fault but the software. Every time I connect my Playbook to my new 80" or 42" TV, the browser starts to become expremely glitchy. I've also tried using different HDMI cables to to see if the problem was there but unfortunately it's not. I'm not sure if I'm the only one experiencing this as I have searched around in the forums but have found nothing regarding this specific issue.
So the problem happens mainly with in the browser and sometime other apps but what happens in the browser is when I'm scrolling through the web page, it does some random things like zoom in and out, go to my bookmarks, history, ect. without telling it to do these things. But as soon as I unplug it it's all back to normal. So I'm wondering if anyone else has been experiencing this since OS 1.0 because for me it's been that long and I bought my Playbook on launch day and I've been dealing with this since. Im sure RIM is still not aware of this issue because if they were this problem wouldve been fixed before 2.0 has dropped. I'm hoping I'm not the only one because that would make no sense when the issue has to do with software and not the hardware. Thanks for everyone's input in advance.
- 04-25-12, 02:23 PM #2
I have seen a few times people complain of this behavior when the PB is close to the TV. Plasma and LCD. My PB will get wacky near my chargers but not the TV. I think it has something to do with the power converters in the TV's. Just speculation.
Will it behave that way if your near the TV but not plugged in via HDMI?
Try moving as far away from the the TV as the cord will allow. Another thought would be to turn off the audio return in your TV settings if it's supported.
- 04-25-12, 03:35 PM #4
Does you hdmi cable have one of those ferrite cores (I think that's what they are) - kind of a short sausage wrapped around the wire. Some do and some don't. I think from monoprice.com, they cost a tad bit more.
How long is your cable?
- 04-25-12, 05:41 PM #7
- 04-25-12, 06:37 PM #10
I don't know what the problem is but you should look at environmental conditions and possibly the TV's. The easiest test would be to try it a friends house. I'm sure it's not a software issue and likely not a PB issue after your 3rd replacement.
It could be house wiring or an appliance in the house causing issue with the wiring. You could try isolating the TV from any other components and just have the PB connected.
Google hdmi sparks. There is more to it then I understand.
- 04-25-12, 08:21 PM #11
Same problem with VGA adaptor
I have a VGA adaptor so I can use the playbook in a classroom with an overhead projector designed for laptops. What works flawlessly at home (documents sent to the playbook with Print to Go) becomes almost impossible to use when I connect to the overhead projector.
The whole thing is in the middle of the room. I doubt it is static causing this. Maybe the adaptor is wrong? Maybe it is unable to keep up?
- 04-25-12, 08:33 PM #12
Does the Droid Incredible Suffer from A Potential Grounding Flaw Causing Touchscreen Issues?
Read the first comment. The problem doesn't have to actually be coming from a nearby electrical device to cause a problem.
- 04-26-12, 01:46 AM #13
Here is the deal - due to grounding issues (although the el. wiring in my house is 99% problem free) any touchscreen device when connected to el source or any cable (charger, hdmi, usb to pc) act weird.
To check whether you cable connected to anything suffers from this, buy one of these (I have no idea what's its proper English name).
- CrackBerry Abuser
04-26-12, 03:22 AM #14
- 289 Posts
When I charge my playbook using my bold's 700mA output wall charger, it happens to me too. You can know it happens by trying to repeatedly type the same word in anywhere, e.g. Typing hhhhhhhhhhhh but it will come out hhhyhhhbyhhhhhyh. The touch screen totally goes haywire.
- 04-26-12, 10:17 AM #15
Happens when on AC charger.....
I have only seen "erratic" behavior when I'm using said Playbook when it's plugged in the the PB AC charger. Just touch the screen and hold position, and you willsee some jumping around, acctually apps open.
when connected to 52" Tv, PB is solid and stable, UNTIL one plugs in the AC charger cord. That when the issue raises it's ugly head.
I have cleared up maybe 90 percent of this effect when Iplug in my PB charger in my Surge Protector which is supplying ALL AC to TV, Steroeo, Modem/Router etc.
Hope this helps.
- CrackBerry Genius
04-26-12, 11:46 AM #16
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I use my PB a lot with the hdmi cable. In the living room, I use it to play vevo videos over my 42" Panasonic hdtv. No issues when the PB is sitting right beside the tv. In the family room, I used it last night to watch an episode of "Missing" from the CTV website. Again, it sits right beside the tv, no issues - the episode played right thru with great video & audio quality and no jittering or pausing. Doesn't seem to matter if the PB is plugged into AC.
FYI: all my electronic devices are plugged into power bars and usually the PB is on the same one as the tv if I have the PB plugged in. Not cuz I'm smart tho, only cuz its handy.
- 04-26-12, 06:57 PM #18
Did you have any improvement using just hdmi and not the charger?
You should definitely replace that surge protector in the interest of safety. If you have a malfunction with a device plugged into it and design for a ground it can become dangerous.
You want to be around to watch the Jets lose.
- 11-16-12, 02:10 PM #19
Did anybody get a solution for this? My playbook touchscreen decides to be me when I connect it to my new samsung LED HDTV. Apps open, everything jumps around and watchers get to see what I dont want them to see on my tablet.
I have tried connecting charger (and to the same power socket), without charger and what not. Nothing seems to help. I am 10 days in the 30 day return policy for the TV so any help would be appreciated.