Originally Posted by komari
Beat me to the punch! I was really hoping the the mainboard replacement would to the trick - but also worried about the new lighting issues!
Norse, Gort100 and anyone else with a HDMI problem free set - could you first confirm that you have the same mainboard number (I'm assuming it is the second line in the Firmware info). From tracking these threads I think the trouble free reports began with number 1005. It appears that the firmware itself doesn't do the trick.
Gort1000 - please let us know if you can tweak your settings to get rid of the pillars using Norse's settings.
The good: since yesterdays mainboard change I have yet to experience any HDCP hiccups - no signal loss, no flashes.
The bad: I have just tried Norse's settings and what I call flashlighting might be slightly diminished, but not gone. Just in case we are describing different things -
if you imagine the scene at the end of a movie when the credits are rolling: the center portion, where the names are, is perfect (White lettering on a pure plack background).
However, on either side of the screen, uniformly from the top of the screen to the bottom, from the edge out 10 inches, there is a sort of ghostly light that comes through from under the black. It is not visible in bright scenes - surfing, hockey etc. But indoor and night scenes - I can see it. I have not yet tried the "polishing cloth" remedy. If it works I will post again.
Norses firmware information from his upgraded board:
T-TULPAUS0-1022 MAR 20 2007 15:13:55
My Firmware Info: same except for model
T-TULPAUSO-1022 MAR 20 2007
The assumption has been that the first line refers to the firmware version, and the second refers to the hardware revision. I dont know if this has been confirmed or not, but lets assume it is so and lets also assume that the HDCP issue on my set is now resolved.
The conclusion is that the fix was not the result of a firmware change - I had an even more recent firmware version 1024 before the fix. But my old board was a 1004, not a 1005.
So the main board would appear to be both the cause of and the solution to the HDCP problem.
Anyway I am content to keep the set and enjoy the fantastic PQ for sports, late night talk shows etc and put up with the occasional issue in those relatively rare darker scenes.
I will continue to lurk and follow the owners forum saga.