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post #3841 of 3850 Old 06-25-2014, 12:52 PM
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Thought I would post this here as well. Really hope I can find some answers.

I bought this unit back Feb 1st of this year. I got it home and loved the picture. After a few days I started to notice some smearing and ghosting when in dark scenes. For instance when in Splinter Cell Blacklist if I have Sam crouch and walk behind a barricade in a dimly lit area I will see a glow around him and pretty bad ghosting. I contacted Vizio who sent someone out to repair the unit. He said he had never seen anything like it before. The repair did nothing. After that I got sick and long story short wasn't able to recontact Vizio until the end of May. When I did they sent out a replacement which arrived today. After hooking it up I'm seeing the same thing. There is NO ghosting or smearing when in bright or light scenes only in the darker ones.

I call vizio back and now they are saying that there isn't anything wrong with the unit. That even though they sent someone out and replaced it for this exact issue once, they are claiming it's working as intended. So can anyone who has this unit tell me if they are experiencing the same low light smearing and ghosting?! Thanks ahead of time!!
When I first got mine I noticed the ghosting and smearing in dark scenes as well. Lowering the Backlight level and disabling all the automatic backlight settings helped. Also turning off smooth motion effect helped as well. When I play games I always set the TV to Game picture mode as this is the only picture mode that doesn't have input lag. Unfortunately you can't make any picture adjustments to game mode or it will revert to a custom picture mode setting and the input lag will come right back. Fortunately though I have never noticed the ghosting in game mode or any other mode for a long time now. I almost want to say that the ghosting was something that only happened temporarily when I first bought the TV, and has since stopped. Maybe the TV just needed a burn in period. I don't know, but you say you bought yours back in February is that right? If Vizio won't service it or take it back, try taking it back to where you bought it. I know Best Buy will usually let you make a warranty replacement in store, and will handle shipping the old unit back to the manufacturer for you.

Okay re-reading your post now and I see you got a new unit. My suggestion is to run it for a few days with a variety of programming, or maybe using burn in program. I am pretty sure the Wonderful Word of Disney calibration disc has some sort of burn in or frozen pixel program you can run. Like I said mine only ghosted for a short time after I bought it, so it may go away with a little use.

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Thanks for your reply. After my first repair while I was on bed rest I used the Disney blu-ray and the problem persisted. I have done TONS of reading and I see that there are a few other people having similar issues but not with this particular unit. My main issue is with vizio at this point saying that this is normal. If it were normal would they have sent out a repair tech and did a replacement? I called geeksquad where I got the extended warranty after hearing a few vizio horror stories. After talking to someone in the store and at the 1800 number neither person I spoke to were familiar with this issue. They are sending someone out Saturday to do a repair after me explaining the issue.

One other thing. I was trying to research as much as I could and I came across a review of a TV from last year on CNET. In the review (I believe it was an LG) they mention it had some smearing which was an issue the review said they hadn't seen in a long time. The CNET review for the E601i unit didn't mention any smearing. So I'm just as confused about if this is a "few unit" problem or a wide spread thing.
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Any other owners of this unit willing to chime in. I would be grateful for your input!
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i had a new update today for e601-a3 v1.34.23.0090. Did anyone else get this update or know what all was updated?

So far Ive noticed the Amazon app added (fixed) and the following also:

1)Wide has been added if you go to picture > Advanced setting. Then you see "Wide" was added right after film mode.

2) I also noticed that another option under picture settings was fixed. If you go from custom mode to other picture modes all of the setting (color, tint, etc.) changed accordingly rather going back to default picture mode settings when you switch from one picture mode to the next.

3) The last change I noticed is that I am now able to see the Users Manual on the TV. Before this would not appear.



There may be other thngs also that were added or fixed but this is all I see so far. I don't know why Vizeo don't send out an e-mail of things that were updated with each firmware upgrade. If they do where do you go about seeing this information?
Has anyone else received the v1.34.23.0090 update for their E601-A3? Has the Color Management System (CMS) been changed to one similar to the 2014 E-series Vizios, with the Professional Settings menu (11-point white balance, RGB & CMY hue and saturation, and RGB gain and offset)?


I am currently on the 2.0.44 firmware version, and I have this set well-optimized for the room with a stellar picture. Ever since Rodneyber's post, I've been almost dreading the possible firmware update. It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop. A new and better Amazon interface would be nice, but I also have a Roku 3 in my system. I'd rather not mess up what I have, but I'd still like the set to remain Internet-connected.


If anyone has received the v1.34.23.0090 update and has good settings for that firmware that gave results similar to cNet's settings from David Katzmaier, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Well I don't know how to check the firmware version, but I am pretty sure mine got the update, because the manual is working now which it never did before. I have never tried using the profession picture settings before as I don't understand them. But none of my custom picture modes have been changed in any way with the new firmware. The biggest issue I have with this TV is that the only way to get rid of input lag on this TV is to use the "Game" picture mode. And the Game picture mode has less than ideal picture settings and is very over saturated and often too bright. Fortunately my receiver allows me to make picture adjustments, so I am able to tame down the saturation and brightness a bit on the receiver. I just don't understand why they didn't make Game mode an individual setting that could be turned on or off within each picture mode, instead of dedicating a picture mode to it and thus allowing no picture adjustments.
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Any other owners of this unit willing to chime in. I would be grateful for your input!
Well as I said before my unit had a bit of ghosting/smearing when I first got it but after a few picture adjustments and bit of burn in it passed. If you have been using yours for a while and the image is still smearing, you probably have a bad panel. With flat screen LCD's and edge lit LED TV's there is a panel lottery, and not all TV's even of the same make and model are created equal. Some will have better more even back lighting than others and some will probably have better/less ghosting and smearing than others. If you got a bad one you should probably try to get a replacement from Best Buy, and hopefully your will be luckier with your next one. I don't think ghosting is particularly common problem with this model judging from the forum posts and reviews. A more common problem with this TV is uneven backlighting, and back lighting that shines through on the edges and especially the corners during dark scenes. I know mine is pretty bad about this. Another PQ issue I have is that dark scenes in general are overly dark, heavily saturated and difficult to see. I find myself having to turn up the brightness to the 65-75 range to see some scenes, and then turn it back down to the 50-60 range to get rid of the greyness in bright scenes. Basically there is a reason this is budget TV.

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Well I don't know how to check the firmware version, but I am pretty sure mine got the update, because the manual is working now which it never did before.
Try: MENU--> HELP --> System Info --> (read-only) Firmware: nnnnnnn


Hope this helps. Mine shows 2.0.44.
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Any other owners of this unit willing to chime in. I would be grateful for your input!

No such issues on my set.
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Hello fellow Vizio owners,

I recently purchased a used E601i-A3E from a craig's list ad. First time buying a new tv since super bowl 40. Actually went and physically looked at the tv and it seemed to be in good shape, turned on, no scratches on the screen, had a nice picture, sound and they still had the original box. This was the Wal-Mart 2013 black Friday model I believe. Well all was going fine with the set until about two weeks after bringing it home. Turned it on one morning and there was a vertical line from the top down and fading to a thinner line at the bottom. After some research, I have replaced the T-Conn board but it did not correct the issue.

Has anyone seen this on this or any other brand? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
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Hello fellow Vizio owners,

I recently purchased a used E601i-A3E from a craig's list ad. First time buying a new tv since super bowl 40. Actually went and physically looked at the tv and it seemed to be in good shape, turned on, no scratches on the screen, had a nice picture, sound and they still had the original box. This was the Wal-Mart 2013 black Friday model I believe. Well all was going fine with the set until about two weeks after bringing it home. Turned it on one morning and there was a vertical line from the top down and fading to a thinner line at the bottom. After some research, I have replaced the T-Conn board but it did not correct the issue.

Has anyone seen this on this or any other brand? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
I think someone had a similar issue a while back, but I think theirs was more of a bar than a line. I think if you look a few pages back you will find the post. He posted pictures as well. Don't know how it was resolved.
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