Greetings, I am new here and thought it better to post here instead of start a new thread.
I'm having a similar issue with my Panasonic TC-P42S30. As much as I researched plasma tvs before buying one I never came across the 'breaking in' process. Still, I've always kept the pixel orbiter on and always turn it off when I know I'll be away more than a few minutes. I had contrast settings set to +65 (wow factor; know better now) when I started playing one game pretty regularly and despite my precautions I now have a faint, blurry greyish inventory display in the lower left of the screen. I had been playing the game for a few hours earlier this month and only noticed the image when I played a different game after leaving the tv for two weeks. It seems easier to notice against some colours but disappears against others. The image rentention/burn-in is from mostly white/yellow items and text.
I was pretty worried at first, but not so much now that I see it could be alleviated. My questions are:
1. When using the anti-image retention scrolling bar, should I have the contrast settings as they were when the image rentention/burn-in occured? I lowered it to +50 as soon as I noticed the images.
2. I purchased the tv in February and since then I have never used it more than six hours a day and never more than five days a month (work schedule). Would using a break-in DVD still be effective? I'm not sure I can find the panels active time anywhere in the settings.
3. The tv seems to have some very faint, wide vertical bars where the white isn't quite as bright as the rest of the screen. It came like this and I thought it would go away eventually, but it hasn't. Since the tv is still under warranty should I call Panasonic about this or is this normal to some tvs?
Thanks in advance for your answers.