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    Thumbs down Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    So I just got my chromecast yesterday and hooked it up, but noticed the picture quality was all washed out.... I have a 720p tv and noticed that the chromecast is forcing it to display in 1080p most likely causing this issue. Attached are some pics of what I'm talking about. So.... What I'm asking is, can the chromecast be set statically to 720p? If not i'll have to return it as its unusable.... Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    What brand television do you have? I highly doubt this would matter but is there an HDMI/DVI port on the television? On Samsung models this would be Port #1 and I know a lot of times PC devices don't work properly without this port. I'm curious if Chromecast is experiencing the same issue.
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    Default Re: Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    Yes there is a hdmi port on the tv... how else would it show up... it is a viewsonic tv with only 1 hdmi port.
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    anyone have any ideas....
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    Default Re: Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    I had intermittent problems before with pink tint with another device - research suggested that when you have a pink or purple tint via HDMI, there's a handshaking problem that causes the wrong colorspace to be sent - RGB vs YPbPr. Can be due to a loose connection or build-up of capacitance. Try unplugging and replugging into the HDMI port, and changing up how you're powering it - whether via HDMI, USB or AC adapter, so see if will properly handshake when re-syncing.
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    This has been reported on XDA and no solutions have been found at the time.
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    Default Re: Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    Quote Originally Posted by wwu123 View Post
    I had intermittent problems before with pink tint with another device - research suggested that when you have a pink or purple tint via HDMI, there's a handshaking problem that causes the wrong colorspace to be sent - RGB vs YPbPr. Can be due to a loose connection or build-up of capacitance. Try unplugging and replugging into the HDMI port, and changing up how you're powering it - whether via HDMI, USB or AC adapter, so see if will properly handshake when re-syncing.
    I did switch it to YPbPr and that did fix the color, but it didnt fix the blurriness or the screen tearing seen on the right side in the pics.

    I thought there was only one way to power it... through usb, it doesnt get power through the hdmi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Quarando View Post
    I did switch it to YPbPr and that did fix the color, but it didnt fix the blurriness or the screen tearing seen on the right side in the pics.

    I thought there was only one way to power it... through usb, it doesnt get power through the hdmi
    You are correct. Also through testing, people have try to force Netflix to send 720p to their chromecast and it still pushes out 1080p.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farish View Post
    You are correct. Also through testing, people have try to force Netflix to send 720p to their chromecast and it still pushes out 1080p.
    yea... im just not sure if I should return it or just buy a whole new tv...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Quarando View Post
    yea... im just not sure if I should return it or just buy a whole new tv...
    My wife would push for a whole new tv lol.
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    Silly Question: Does it make any difference if you use the extender that came with the Chromecast?
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    How does it look when you cast from a Chrome tab on your laptop? If up-converting to 1080p is the problem, perhaps going through Chrome will help since it seems that while the feature is in beta it only runs at 720p (see picture). I'm not at home at the moment, so I can't check to see if my tv up-converts it despite the setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devlyn16 View Post
    Silly Question: Does it make any difference if you use the extender that came with the Chromecast?
    I tried that and it makes no difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMazing View Post
    How does it look when you cast from a Chrome tab on your laptop? If up-converting to 1080p is the problem, perhaps going through Chrome will help since it seems that while the feature is in beta it only runs at 720p (see picture). I'm not at home at the moment, so I can't check to see if my tv up-converts it despite the setting.

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    I tried that as well..... its the exact same

    the tv never flips to 720p, still says its at 1080p
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    Default Re: Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    Guys this has nothing to do with Chromecast settings on the tab or anything else.

    Chromecast itself will try to push out a 1080p signal. There is no way to change it to 720p on the device. Netflix and Youtube bypass the settings in the browser and go directly to the Chromecast.
    And it looks that Chromecast will always try to push 1080p even if you are using a tabcast for 720p content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farish View Post
    Guys this has nothing to do with Chromecast settings on the tab or anything else.

    Chromecast itself will try to push out a 1080p signal. There is no way to change it to 720p on the device. Netflix and Youtube bypass the settings in the browser and go directly to the Chromecast.
    And it looks that Chromecast will always try to push 1080p even if you are using a tabcast for 720p content.

    bought a new tv...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Quarando View Post
    bought a new tv...
    I'm assuming this fixed your issue. I am using my Chromecast on my 720p tv and it looks normal. Let us know.
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    Default Re: Chromecast on a 720p tv? Picture washed out

    Good to know it works with 720p. I just purchased one online then saw HDTV and almost screamed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TofuTwit View Post
    I'm assuming this fixed your issue. I am using my Chromecast on my 720p tv and it looks normal. Let us know.
    Sorry for the slight grave digging, but I'm not lying when I say after a couple hours searching, this is the first post I've seen online reporting Chromecast to work on a 720p tv. Everything else I've seen said on 720p tv's, they see the boot screen and then it blanks out when it switches to full 1080p.

    Is this a 720p only t.v. you're using or is it one that can accept 1080p and then down converts to fit the 720 display? I've seen some people having mild success with the latter type but image quality suffers a lot due to the down converting. I was thinking of getting a Chromecast, but my t.v. is 720p only (yay Wal-Mart special lol), and the lack of a resolution change is apparently creating quite the stir.
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    I also use my chromecast on a 720p TV and it looks fine, just as it should.

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    How can I play avi files with chromecast?

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    I guess I should add I'm planning to use it for things like YouTube and Netflix. I know tab casting runs 720p (though reports are that Chromecast up converts to 1080p). Is there now a setting to pick the resolution you want? Most everything I've seen was from Fall of last year, but many reports even as new as this month are that it wasn't working and complaints of not having a resolution setting option for the cast itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gollum18 View Post
    I also use my chromecast on a 720p TV and it looks fine, just as it should.

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    Me too - mines a cheapy Technicka (Tesco UK ownbrand) TV about 3 years old. 720p display, but it accepts 1080 input - I can't see any difference in picture quality when the input resolution is 'wrong'.

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