January 15, 2019 at 1:28 am #15110
Our school has multiple generations of ActivPanels installed. They are connected to two HDMI sources each: An Apple TV and a computer.
On several (all?) panels of type AP4-84-4K, audio out stops working at some point. When this happens…
- neither internal speakers nor headphone out will work (just silence)
- all HDMI sources and ports are affected
- disconnecting/reconnecting the sources doesn’t help
- shutting the panel down (= red light) and turning it on again doesn’t help
- using the physical switch on the back (disconnecting power) and restarting the panel DOES help and audio works again for a few days/weeks
Is this a known problem? Is there a mainboard firmware upgrade available for this generation of ActivPanels?
January 15, 2019 at 5:31 am #15113
Adam K PrometheanModerator
Hi Andreas Ley,
Thank you for posting.
There isn’t a known issue with the ActivPanels loosing sound.
Are you using direct HDMI cables from the computer to the ActivPanel?
When you loose sound, if you restart the computer does this work?
Can you also help to confirm what OS version and build you are using?
I look forward to your reply.
Promethean Technical Support
January 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm #15136
We’re using a direct HDMI cable from the Apple TV to the panel.
The HDMI signal from the computer is usually passed through a document camera, but I’ve tried connecting it directly and that didn’t help.
When the problem occurs, sound is lost from both HDMI sources (Apple TV and computer).
Interestingly, even after losing sound from HDMI, the “click” noise when navigating the menu are still audible.
SW Version: 1.1.7
Thanks for looking into this.
January 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm #15147
Is any hardware connected to the SPDIF or headphone outputs on the Panel? If so, please disconnect any cabling plugged in there.
On the AppleTV, what is the Audio Format (Settings > Video and Audio > Audio Format) set to? If PCM or LPCM is an option, choose that option. Does this affect the audio playback?
Is a similar loss of audio experienced when a USB drive with supported media on it is plugged into the MEDIA USB port on that Panel and played in the Panel’s Media Player?
January 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm #15148
On some panels, an ActivSoundBar is plugged into the headphone output. On others, there is nothing plugged into the headphone out or the SPDIF out. The symptom occurs on all our panels of this generation. Other versions (AP2 and AP6) are not affected.
On the Apple TV, audio is set to Stereo (this should mean 2-channel PCM only, no encoded audio).
I haven’t tried playing media from an USB stick; I’ll do that next time audio out is lost.
January 17, 2019 at 9:20 am #15152
February 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm #15450
For those having similar issues: It seems we’re encountering issues with HDMI-CEC (a feature of HDMI designed to allow users to command and control devices connected through HDMI).
Our Apple TV are sending CEC commands which the ActivPanel doesn’t (properly) process, leading to unexpected behavior.
Our workaround at this time is disabling HDMI-CEC on the Apple TV (“Settings” -> “Remotes and Devices” -> “Home Theater Control” -> “Control TVs and Receivers” to “Off”).
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