Can HDMI cords go "bad"?

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#1 Posted by xRmRxfreakBOMB (621 posts) -

I just recently bought 2 6ft hdmi cords from amazon and read some reviews about them. Even though it had an everage 5 star review, it had about 5 1 star reviews saying that after a while, the picture goes bad, or no picture at all. For all of you that have an hdmi and ps3 set up, have you ever heard of and hdmi cord going "bad"? If so, how often does it happen?

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#2 Posted by lightleggy (16090 posts) -
ANYTHING can get "bad" (lets keep it in "broken" ok?) sometimes, while playing MGO, my screen goes black in the middle of a game for around 3 seconds, but only on that game so I dont think its the cable. anyways, theres a brickload of HDMI cables manufacturers, there could be one that breaks 1 day after you buy it and other that breaks 50 years, or the same cable could break 1 day or 3 aeons after you get it, its unpredictable... btw, the best HDMI cable have gold in the input, those are perfect, but one with copper is not bad either...
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#3 Posted by blabbyboy (2613 posts) -
ANYTHING can get "bad" (lets keep it in "broken" ok?) sometimes, while playing MGO, my screen goes black in the middle of a game for around 3 seconds, but only on that game so I dont think its the cable. anyways, theres a brickload of HDMI cables manufacturers, there could be one that breaks 1 day after you buy it and other that breaks 50 years, or the same cable could break 1 day or 3 aeons after you get it, its unpredictable... btw, the best HDMI cable have gold in the input, those are perfect, but one with copper is not bad either...lightleggy
MGO always go black for me (Metal gear online right?) but yes anything can get *bad* even hdmi cords, but it will last a long time.
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#4 Posted by Chet_Won (644 posts) -

Yep its called my stupid dog its ate 2 hdmi cords, and 2 usb cords plus it ate a bag of tortilla chips and my icee last night

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#5 Posted by PsiCrisis (216 posts) -

I've never had an HDMI cable go bad. Or any cable for that matter, aside from a controller wire that my dog chewed on many years ago :P

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#6 Posted by gago-gago (11999 posts) -

I'm assuming any wire can go bad in time due to wear and tear but hdmi should last long if you don't move them too much or bend them, stuff like that.

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#7 Posted by Jackc8 (8515 posts) -

Any cord can go bad. If you just hook the thing up and never touch it, I think it would be extremely unlikely that it would fail. Usually as a cord sits around for years, the insulation may get stiff, and when you bend it the conductor may break. I've got some cheaper-than-dirt HDMI cables from Amazon and they're working just fine.

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#8 Posted by In-Flamez (426 posts) -

It's 5 dollars from amazon, you can buy another.

But they dont go bad fast.

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#9 Posted by Furi-Kun (10903 posts) -

Everything goes bad eventually.

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#10 Posted by lightleggy (16090 posts) -

[QUOTE="lightleggy"]ANYTHING can get "bad" (lets keep it in "broken" ok?) sometimes, while playing MGO, my screen goes black in the middle of a game for around 3 seconds, but only on that game so I dont think its the cable. anyways, theres a brickload of HDMI cables manufacturers, there could be one that breaks 1 day after you buy it and other that breaks 50 years, or the same cable could break 1 day or 3 aeons after you get it, its unpredictable... btw, the best HDMI cable have gold in the input, those are perfect, but one with copper is not bad either...blabbyboy
MGO always go black for me (Metal gear online right?) but yes anything can get *bad* even hdmi cords, but it will last a long time.

I think you have a different issue which also happened to my cousin, when you put MGO, it wont load, I think you can fix that by re-installing what im talking about is that while playing MGO, IN THE MIDDLE OF A MATCH, the screen EVENTUALLY goes black for 5 seconds, after that the image returns

btw, my HDMI cable costed me 80 bucks, seriously!

I got it when I bought my LCD, it was an arab guy store, arabians are always great commerciants, the guy did gave me a huge discount on the TV...then he said "you dont have HDMI cable??? I will sell you this one, this is the one officialy provided by sony, great for the tv you are buying, full 1080p without any problem! it cost 80 bucks!"

I felled for it, I didnt found any "SONY" engraving on the cable, and it didnt had gold in the jack, but I dont really blame him, the TV was 500 dollars, he gave the tv to me for 420 dollars, so the guy obviously said "im gonna retrieve those 80 bucks..." and he sold the cable for 80 bucks :P

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#11 Posted by raven_squad (78438 posts) -
The likelihood that your HDMI cable will go bad is inconceivably low if it's not bent/and or unplugged/plugged in frequently. I've had the same cable's for well over a year now and have never experienced an issue, and don't expect to for the life of the console.
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#12 Posted by octobermagic (524 posts) -

I have my PS3 hooked up with an HDMI cable. Unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. Every so oftern I get no picture to my tv when my PS3 is turned on. Sometimes it would turn on but when I go to load a game from the crosbar I would just get a blue screen. I know it's not my PS3 at fault because I can see the activity light flashing. As soon as I unplug the HDMI cable and plug it back into the PS3 everything is fine again.

Stuff just goes bad after a while. Nothing you can do about that. On the other hand you should check out www.monoprice.com. They have excellent deals on HDMI cables and any other cables for that matter. They won't rip you off an charge you and arm and a leg like best buy and other places do.

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#13 Posted by lightleggy (16090 posts) -

I have my PS3 hooked up with an HDMI cable. Unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. Every so oftern I get no picture to my tv when my PS3 is turned on. Sometimes it would turn on but when I go to load a game from the crosbar I would just get a blue screen. I know it's not my PS3 at fault because I can see the activity light flashing. As soon as I unplug the HDMI cable and plug it back into the PS3 everything is fine again.

Stuff just goes bad after a while. Nothing you can do about that. On the other hand you should check out www.monoprice.com. They have excellent deals on HDMI cables and any other cables for that matter. They won't rip you off an charge you and arm and a leg like best buy and other places do.

octobermagic
thats what you get for buying 5 dollars cables
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#14 Posted by Cheesehead9099 (2897 posts) -
ANYTHING can get "bad" (lets keep it in "broken" ok?) sometimes, while playing MGO, my screen goes black in the middle of a game for around 3 seconds, but only on that game so I dont think its the cable. anyways, theres a brickload of HDMI cables manufacturers, there could be one that breaks 1 day after you buy it and other that breaks 50 years, or the same cable could break 1 day or 3 aeons after you get it, its unpredictable... btw, the best HDMI cable have gold in the input, those are perfect, but one with copper is not bad either...lightleggy
did you know that an aeon is 11.11 days? Weird.. i know
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#15 Posted by lightleggy (16090 posts) -
[QUOTE="lightleggy"]ANYTHING can get "bad" (lets keep it in "broken" ok?) sometimes, while playing MGO, my screen goes black in the middle of a game for around 3 seconds, but only on that game so I dont think its the cable. anyways, theres a brickload of HDMI cables manufacturers, there could be one that breaks 1 day after you buy it and other that breaks 50 years, or the same cable could break 1 day or 3 aeons after you get it, its unpredictable... btw, the best HDMI cable have gold in the input, those are perfect, but one with copper is not bad either...Cheesehead9099
did you know that an aeon is 11.11 days? Weird.. i know

lol well in chrono trigger an aeon its like 1000million years
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#16 Posted by raven_squad (78438 posts) -
[QUOTE="lightleggy"]ANYTHING can get "bad" (lets keep it in "broken" ok?) sometimes, while playing MGO, my screen goes black in the middle of a game for around 3 seconds, but only on that game so I dont think its the cable. anyways, theres a brickload of HDMI cables manufacturers, there could be one that breaks 1 day after you buy it and other that breaks 50 years, or the same cable could break 1 day or 3 aeons after you get it, its unpredictable... btw, the best HDMI cable have gold in the input, those are perfect, but one with copper is not bad either...Cheesehead9099
did you know that an aeon is 11.11 days? Weird.. i know

Interesting, because I'm fairly certain the proper definition of Aeon, or Eon, is a billion years.
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#17 Posted by deactivated-57e5de5e137a4 (12929 posts) -
It doesn't naturally deteriorate over a reasonable amount of time if that's what you're asking. It can get broken and then not work, just like everything else.
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#18 Posted by Joker1232003 (1567 posts) -
my HDMI cable has a wierd little glitch Every so often, completely random, it will have white dotts run across the bottom of the screen (one inch from the bottom) Turn the TV on then off again and it vanishes So Yes cables can go bad
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#19 Posted by kaparsapar (114 posts) -

i bought two 6 bucks HDMI cable from monoprice 4 years ago.. still using them.

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#20 Posted by lightleggy (16090 posts) -
you bought HDMI cables before HD/ consoles/DVD existed? weird...
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#21 Posted by EzraMajor (175 posts) -

The one that came with my 360 elite tends to lose the sound completely when you switch from a game to the dashboard or the input on the television. Like all products with the microsoft sticker it has lost the will to live early in life.

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#22 Posted by Flame_Blade88 (39348 posts) -
Everything has the potential of breaking, HDMI cords are no exception.
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#23 Posted by raven_squad (78438 posts) -
you bought HDMI cables before HD/ consoles/DVD existed? weird...lightleggy
Could you be more wrong? HDMI cables were out in 2003....
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#24 Posted by MrLbc71 (25 posts) -
Got mine from Amazon also I thought I had a problem with the system. Tried a ne cord works fine now. Tried other cord on TV , Its bad. So yeah they can go out.
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#25 Posted by Gxgear (10425 posts) -

HDMI cables either work or they don't. People write bad reviews all the time even for good products because the items were dead on arrival when they purchased it.

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#27 Posted by FIREKNIGHT19 (467 posts) -
Any well built cable should last for years if it is used properly and handled with care. However, there are several brands of cables which are notorious for how poorly they are built and how unreliable they are. One brand which is found in virtually every retailer around the nation and considered to be the absolute best is one of those brands which are well known for how they fail for no apparent reason. Also plugging in and out the cables can cause problems with the cables themselves, or the connectors on the television.
Over time, almost any cable will eventually fail. Copper will oxidize slowlyover years and eventually eat through the contact and break the circuit. But this is pretty rare and shouldn''t happen for a decade, or more, if the cable is treated properly.