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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by skiflyer, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. skiflyer

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    So I bought a Samsung MHL cable from amazon... said it was made for an S2, but I can't why that would matter.

    I hooked it up to my phone, with the full 1amp charger and loaded up some streaming 4g netflix. I'm hooked up via HDMI to a 1080p Sony DLP tv from 2005 (Sony KDS-R60XBR1 Overview & User Reviews - Projection TVs - CNET Reviews)

    Photos looked great, but take a second to settle in. Netflix looked passable, not HD but good enough for me. Then about 15 minutes in it starts blacking out for a few seconds at a time.

    Searching the forums I see other people mentioning similar with different phones, is MHL just not very good? Is it a TV thing? Any one know any options here? I started with 90% battery, and like I said I used the 1amp charger that came with the phone, so I don't think it's a power thing. But that said, I had previously started with an 850mA charger and it did the same thing much sooner, so I'm not sure.

    Any one have any ideas for me?
     

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    If the speed of the netflix feed is slow it will stop until the buffer catches up.
     
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    Nah, it's not that... the show keeps playing on the nexus screen.

    I have a guess now, it looks like 4g + MHL out is a drain on the battery and somewhere around 75% you get cutouts. That seems ridiculous to me, but not sure what I can do about it.

    Trying with Wifi would probably give me a good idea if that's what it is, but unfortunately my wifi is on the fritz right now so I can't verify.
     
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    I wonder how a 2A charger (like the iPad uses) would do? Any chance it could completely power the MHL adapter and still pump enough juice back into the phone?
     
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    It's probably the mhl adapter...i bought one off of the t mobile website and i have the exact same problem with the nexus and my Evo 3d, which is the phone i originally bought it for.
     
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    Are you implying you've tried another adapter that works or just guessing at the reason?
     
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    It's not the MHL adapter, it's the phone, and as far as I know all Galaxy Nexus' will do it. I did quite a bit of research into this and tested it for myself:

    The problem occurs when the phone loses or regains signal, including when it flips from 3g/4g or vice versa. Sometimes it would happen when I send or receive a text, but always when there was a disruption with the signal. I have terrible signal at my house so I was getting this pretty bad.

    Test this by putting the phone into airplane mode while its hooked up the the adapter. It should completely stop the problem.

    Since I get better 3g signal at my house I turn 4g off to try to minimize the issue. It barely does it to me now, but it will every so often if it isn't in airplane mode.
     
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    I think that this could be a 4g issue as well. Mine cuts out like crazy when on 4g, but does not do it when I am on wifi. I thought it was a loose cable. When I am on 4g and move the calbe ever so slightly it cuts out, but when I made the switch to wifi it stoped and I could not get it to do it, I wiggled the shit out of that cable and could not get it to do it. I then switched back to 4g and it started to cut out immediately.

    When it cuts out the screen goes black or the fuzzy grey. I have have the galaxy nexus.

    I started a bug report at google android bug reports if anybody has anything to add: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=32996&thanks=32996&ts=1339474401
     
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