Originally Posted by JimboLNT5265
Before changing the settings do you guys recommend so many hours on the set first before doing that. Better to leave it like it is right out of the box inless it is ungodly bad?
I'm setting it up for my Aunt and Uncle and I won't be there for the break in period. What do you recommend I tell them? how to handle their tv watching?
I will show them about the anti image retention bar thing to run. How often should they run that?
They have never had HD Cable before they have just been watching SD Cable Television so I'm sure it will look unbelievable to them.
Any other things I should tell them?
it's Comcast Cable
How many picture modes on this set and which one should they be watching when breaking in the set?
I can't answer all of those questions so I'll take a shot at the ones I think I'm familiar with:
I don't think any settings are likely to harm the panel, but any that are overly bright may exaggerate the plasma trailing (blurring) that your aunt & uncle see at first.
I would suggest trying CNET's settings on a new set since they were worked up on a very low hours panel whereas fairchild99's current settings are on a significantly aged set. I would suggest they avoid black bars. That is, if the content only covers part of the screen, then use sidecut zoom aspect ratio to enlarge the picture so that there are no black bars visible. I would suggest running little or no black bars for the first 300 to 400 hours. Opinions on this will vary and I've no proof that number is right.
As for IR, I've read that the built in screen wipe tool does little to nothing. Instead, maybe purchase the Disney Wow disk for them and show them how to use pixel flipper. That is highly effective at quickly removing any IR in my experience. It is the best IR "eraser" I've heard of, but there could be better. They may not even need it, just saying it might be a good idea to have it on hand if they are concerned about IR. I've fallen asleep and had Amazon vids menu on bright settings for 5 hours and saw some IR. Pixel flipper got rid of it pronto though on some other days, just running regular old content got it gone in a few hours. It was mild enough, I generally didn't see it except on slides or scenes that had a lot of screen in one color.
There are 5 picture modes: Vivid, standard, home theater, cinema and custom. If you decide to use out of the box settings, I would suggest probably cinema though I didn't run factory presets long enough to really remember.
Vivid is useless in my humble opinion because it overdrives colors so badly. I don't know that it would damage anything but it would probably have terrible plasma trailing. I don't remember much about the rest because I went to fairchild99's shared settings on his then 300 hour panel and was pretty happy with that. There was a small amount of red push in faces and greys at first probably because my set was 300 hours or more behind. Still, it worked fine.
I tried slides but discontinued them at 66 hours because I decided they might be increasing red push. I can't prove that, it was just an instinctive call.
You could try fairchild99's shared settings right now, but those are from a 1300 plus hour set. I don't think they would hurt anything but I doubt settings after that many hours would look right on a near zero hour set.
Please make sure that CATS is shut off in all picture modes as well as in ECO settings. That latter is: Menu, setup, eco navigation, CATS off, power save to standard. I've also set energy saving mode to quick start, but I'm not sure if that one will cause the radical screen dimming the other 2 can cause or not. However, the description for energy saving mode makes it sound like it might indirectly reset some things and thereby might? cause the infamous severely stepped dimming as room light goes down.
There are probably a couple of settings I've forgotten. Hopefully others will fill in the gaps and/or correct any mistakes in my recollection.
Best of luck.
Originally Posted by kuwlness
Just purchased the Panasonic TC-50PS64 from Costco over the weekend. Running a break-in DVD and noticing a 1-pixel wide Yellow Line on the Left side of the screen and a 1-pixel wide Purple Line on the right side (both Vertical Lines).
Would this be the sign of a bad panel or is this typical to see in the first few hours running the TV? I have hooked it up to different sources including Blu-ray Player, Popcorn Hour, and regular DVD player and seeing this on all sources.
To clarify: With the vertical lines you are seeing, I take it they are out in the viewing area and not at the extreme edges of the screen?
Really sorry to hear it. That's 2 we've read of recently. I agree with Daekwan; sounds like a swap is in order.