Originally Posted by PannTher
- Also, I surf the net a lot using my TV. Will the task bar etc eventually get burned into the plasma? Is there any way of preventing this?
I've been thinking about the same issue, I'm leaning in the plasma direction, because of better picture quality.
I've heard the plasma's are very durable now, but can still be burned if abused. I think Panasonic recommends a static image no more than an hour. Interestingly, the LCD TV manufacturers tell you not to leave a static image for more than 2 hours. That got me thinking about how to prevent burn, or even bad temporary image retention.
1) Turn down the brightness and contrast. I don't like a monitor overly bright anyway (hard on the eyes).
2) Move the Windows taskbar around. If you right click on the Windows taskbar, then uncheck "Lock taskbar", then you can drag it to any of the other three sides of the screen.
3) Let other windows cover the taskbar.
For Windows XP, right click on the taskbar, left click Properties, then uncheck "Keep Windows taskbar on top of other windows".
For Windows 7, you'll need a special free app which can be found here
By the way, the "Auto-hide the task bar" setting in the Taskbar properties almost does the job, except it leaves a thin line where the taskbar would be, which could in theory burn the screen over time.
3) Change the size of your taskbar. Right click on the taskbar, and uncheck "Lock taskbar". Then click and drag the border of the taskbar. That will shift the position of the Start button, program icons, clock, etc. to new locations.
4) Make sure you have a screen saver setup to turn on say after about 15 minutes.
5) Click the "Restore Down" button at the top right corner so Internet Explorer doesn't quite fill the screen. Then move the browser around the screen occasionally. You don't really need the browser to fill the screen anyway on a 16:9 screen.
6) Occasionally change your Windows Theme colors.