Originally Posted by DCS17
On a side note I've noticed on solid screens I have a very thin vertical line on the right side of the screen. Any one have a similar problem? It's only noticeable on bright solid screens. After some research I've read it could be due to a bad solder connection? The only thing is that this is a very thin line whereas most of what I have seen have had very thick lines.
I don't mind trying to put a little money into this as I got it so cheap.
Very very very late response, but since I was browsing the forum anyway I figured I'd answer.
This is a fairly common phenomenon with plasma displays called "dirty screen". AFAIK
there's nothing you can do about it, but it does normally improve and even out as the screen ages. I've never read anything about it being related to a soldering problem--all the explanations I've seen (including this nice one
) chalk it up to minor differences in the screen coating.
I came here however to sing the praises of my own now-three-year-old P50GT50. It still puts out a drop-dead gorgeous image, but somewhere about 12 months ago it seemed to really hit its stride and has mellowed beautifully with a little bit of age. In particular, the previously noticeable dirty screen effect vertical bars on my set are now almost completely invisible.
One other thing to note is that I can no longer pretend that my set doesn't have some burn-in. Back when it was brand new, I unfortunately spent a few of the first 30 hours with the set watching a cable news channel which has a white logo bar that always stays in the same part of the screen. After those first few days, I ran break-in slides for about 150 hours (that was a trial of patience to be sure!), and since then I've periodically and regularly run the built-in anti-IR scrolling bars. Nearly three years later, the faint ghost of the logo bar from only three or four hours' viewing when the screen was new has never gone away.
I'm mentioning it because I recall from when I was researching on what to buy, there was a lot of talk that burn-in had been eliminated... not entirely so. This is all sadly moot however since noone is ever going to break in a new plasma screen anymore