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amercnchopz34's Avatar amercnchopz34 05:56 PM 04-01-2014
Hey guys...my zt top 4 or 5 lines of pixels are not lit up...no matter what I do....is there some issue

SeLfMaDe111985's Avatar SeLfMaDe111985 07:03 PM 04-01-2014
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Hey guys...my zt top 4 or 5 lines of pixels are not lit up...no matter what I do....is there some issue

Where are these not lit up, what part of the television?
SeLfMaDe111985's Avatar SeLfMaDe111985 07:12 PM 04-01-2014
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It's not risky at all. Look closely at the bulletin regarding the micro-fractures. It's really easy to see how to avoid the problem. It's just a matter of getting a tongue in a groove and you don't screw down the cover until you get it right. Better that than listening to a [presumably] fixable buzz. However, I'm not sure you'd get much traction with Panasonic customer service right now.

"You want to fix a plasma? What's a plasma?"

Anyone else agree with the non risky part of this?
repete66211's Avatar repete66211 07:22 PM 04-01-2014
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Hey guys...my zt top 4 or 5 lines of pixels are not lit up...no matter what I do....is there some issue
Is pixel orbiter on? If so, switch it off and see if t makes a difference.
Thxtheater's Avatar Thxtheater 07:24 PM 04-01-2014
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Is pixel orbiter on? If so, switch it off and see if t makes a difference.
amercnchopz34 repete's advice is good. Switch to THX Mode. It will turn orbiter off and help you debug.
grxz's Avatar grxz 08:20 PM 04-01-2014
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the highest panel #'s we have report here are:

A16781 – December 4 - 65ZT60
A16796 – December

In NA the build date is on a sticker on the rear panel - I also believe it is on the Box (?)

If you find out the build date please let us know - we are just trying to figure out how many ZT's were manufactured!

Just picked up a 65ZT60 and mine is this:

A16837 - January 10, 2014
RandyWalters's Avatar RandyWalters 08:39 PM 04-01-2014
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That's just BS. Year warranty is a year warranty. Anyone else run into this issue? According to law they must supply parts for at least 7 years. So that can be easily fought.

There is no law requiring them to make parts for 7 years. It's been stated here many times over the years but nobody has ever been able to provide links or proof so it's pretty much folklore.

The manufacturers don't stockpile a lot of spare parts and the supply usually dries up within a year or two.

And in Panasonic's warranty terms they reserve the right to either Repair, Replace, or Refund your purchase price of the TV at their discretion. Better hope your panel module doesn't fail during the warranty because they'll most likely just issue you a check.
repete66211's Avatar repete66211 09:18 PM 04-01-2014
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Just picked up a 65ZT60 and mine is this:

A16837 - January 10, 2014
The plasma factories in Asia were shuttered at the end of 2013 but the North American units are assembled in Tijuana so you must have one of the last units manufactured.
Chere's Avatar Chere 09:21 PM 04-01-2014
Wow! Take a breath for a sec. Nowhere in your posts have you mentioned that this buzz is audible with normal viewing. If you've been running slides the last couple of days and all of a sudden you hear a buzz- it doesn't necessarily mean your set has become defective. Let it cool down for a couple of hours. After that, try it with normal programming watching hockey or movies/ tv shows with a lot of white scenes in the background and calmly assess it then.

My previous ST50 had buzzing when I consistently run slides on it 24-7 the first couple of days but never was an issue after that.
Chere's Avatar Chere 09:26 PM 04-01-2014
On a different note, D-Nice just posted here that he's going to be putting up new Panel Brightness High Settings for the VT/ZT 60 sets sometime tomorrow night wink.gif
music_to_my_ear's Avatar music_to_my_ear 10:20 PM 04-01-2014
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On a different note, D-Nice just posted here that he's going to be putting up new Panel Brightness High Settings for the VT/ZT 60 sets sometime tomorrow night wink.gif

Should be the same settings for the ZT60 since they Vt and ZT share the same panel
awerk's Avatar awerk 11:46 PM 04-01-2014
Hi just brought home my 60ZT60 last week my sequential number is A11454 and my serial number is M32180330 which I believe is gives it a build date of aug 6 2013. No panel separation issues, no fan noise, no banding issues. Really happy I got a NIB tv this late with limited supply.
amercnchopz34's Avatar amercnchopz34 04:17 AM 04-02-2014
All the way around. ..noticed at top....tried pixel orbiter. ....not it
Did a reset....from menu...seemed to help but not all lit ....looks like 2 rows around whole set

Looks like a bigger block of pixels when tv goes to cable channels...fills out more on BD....is this normal


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Where are these not lit up, what part of the television?

bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 04:26 AM 04-02-2014
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Just picked up a 65ZT60 and mine is this:

A16837 - January 10, 2014

Congratulations & Enjoy

Thank you - All ZT's were made in one factory in Japan which was the only one with an autoclave capable of attaching the Studio Master Panel, which eliminates the air space normally found between the plasma pixels and the screen’s glass front. This production ceased in December 2013.

The exact date of manufacture can be determined by the first four numbers of the serial number which represents the the year and the next three the day of the year - I'm MK3191 which means 2013 - July 10th - 191st day of the year, Serial # MK3290 is October 17th. 290 day of the year - Panel A12650

Reviewing your serial number will confirm the exact date of manufacture - these are the #''s of panels made in December 2013:

A16781 – December 4 - 65ZT60
A16796 – December
bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 05:02 AM 04-02-2014
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Hi just brought home my 60ZT60 last week my sequential number is A11454 and my serial number is M32180330 which I believe is gives it a build date of aug 6 2013. No panel separation issues, no fan noise, no banding issues. Really happy I got a NIB tv this late with limited supply.

Congratulations & Enjoy

Will add to the list!

A07750 – July - 65ZT60
A08576 - July 10 - 65ZT60
A09050 - 60ZT60
A10213; July 29 - 65ZT60
A10993 - August
A11454 – August 6 - 60ZT60
A11545 - August 6

Thank you!
amercnchopz34's Avatar amercnchopz34 05:20 AM 04-02-2014
Looks like May 10th 2013 for my 60zt60. ...A01590
bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 05:35 AM 04-02-2014
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Looks like May 10th 2013 for my 60zt60. ...A01590

thank you - some other May panel #'s

A01510 : May
A01533 : May 60ZT
A01590 :May 10 - 60ZT
A02060; May 10 - 60ZT
JJxiv1215's Avatar JJxiv1215 06:11 AM 04-02-2014
It was only after buying the ZT60 that I realized my Kuro was louder. Can't hear the ZT60 at all unless there is nary a peep in the room and it's a bright white screen.
repete66211's Avatar repete66211 06:12 AM 04-02-2014
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All the way around. ..noticed at top....tried pixel orbiter. ....not it
Did a reset....from menu...seemed to help but not all lit ....looks like 2 rows around whole set

Looks like a bigger block of pixels when tv goes to cable channels...fills out more on BD....is this normal
It might be your screen settings. Screen format should be "JUST", H size should be "1" and Overscan [probably] should be "OFF". Verify those settings and check back in.
AVKIK's Avatar AVKIK 07:42 AM 04-02-2014
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Anyone else agree with the non risky part of this?
Selfmade, if the buzz is bothering you, I wouldn't hesitate to try and get it fixed. But I'm not sure it will fix the occasional buzz your having. I just had my fan fix done and I talked to the technician before he came about the occasional buzz and he said he will contact panasonic to see if there is a fix. He did say sometimes the screws are a little loose on the mother board. When he arrived he was very nice and knowledgable. He said panasonic does not have a fix for he buzz except for the loose screws. He checked them and I can tell you that they were loose. He tightened them up while performing the fan fix. The fan is much quieter, not 100% sure that occasional buzz is gone because I thought I heard it yesterday. I will check it more later today to be sure I heard it. The buzz does seem to be more of an electrical buzz than I vibration of the board. And if it was a loose board, I would think it would vibrate all the time. Anyway, don't stress over the micro fractures. If you have a tech come out just pull up the bulliten from the micro fracture thread and show the tech. He will be sure to reinstall the back correctly like mine did (I hope).
RandyWalters's Avatar RandyWalters 07:55 AM 04-02-2014
I think that the January 10, 2014 build date post was an April Fools joke.
bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 08:08 AM 04-02-2014
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I think that the January 10, 2014 build date post was an April Fools joke.

LMAO!!!!!!

GOT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!smile.gifbiggrin.gif

Like the phone call from Mr. Wolf that ends up being the local Zoo
RandyWalters's Avatar RandyWalters 08:12 AM 04-02-2014
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A07750 – July - 65ZT60
A08576 - July 10 - 65ZT60
A09050 - 60ZT60
A10213; July 29 - 65ZT60
A10993 - August
A11454 – August 6 - 60ZT60
A11545 - August 6

Just to be clear, the A numbers are the serial numbers for the panel itself right ? But the MK number is the serial number for the complete TV and also determines the date of final assembly? How are you getting build dates from the A numbers without also showing the MK number?
amercnchopz34's Avatar amercnchopz34 08:13 AM 04-02-2014
I think original post include MK number's
bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 08:16 AM 04-02-2014
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Just to be clear, the A numbers are the serial numbers for the panel itself right ? But the MK number is the serial number for the complete TV and also determines the date of final assembly? How are you getting build dates from the A numbers without also showing the MK number?

Yes - The A number is the sequence/panel number

Some folks included the build date from the rear panel with their A# (sequence number) rather then the serial number.

As you can also see some did not say if it was a 60" or 65".

We are really just trying to find out how many panels were made (highest panel/sequence#)
RandyWalters's Avatar RandyWalters 08:24 AM 04-02-2014
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Yes - The A number is the sequence/panel number. Some folks included the build date from the rear panel with their A# (sequence number) rather then the serial number.

The sticker on the back of the TV only gives the month the TV was assembled so it's not actually a "build date" that tells the actual date of assembly.

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We are really just trying to find out how many panels were made (highest panel/sequence#)
I understand that, i was just wondering how you were arriving at specific dates like July 10th and July 29th and August 6th but not showing the associated MK serial number that those specific assembly dates were derived from.
RandyWalters's Avatar RandyWalters 08:32 AM 04-02-2014
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All ZT's were made in one factory in Japan which was the only one with an autoclave capable of attaching the Studio Master Panel, which eliminates the air space normally found between the plasma pixels and the screen’s glass front. This production ceased in December 2013.

The plasma panels themselves were manufactured in Japan but the ZTs were assembled in Mexico along with all the other models, and the Mexico plant was shut down in the first few days of December and TV assembly ended right there.

Presumably the last plasma panel modules were made in November or October as it takes a few weeks to ship them from Japan to Mexico for final assembly into the TV.
bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 08:33 AM 04-02-2014
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The sticker on the back of the TV only gives the month the TV was assembled so it's not actually a "build date" that tells the actual date of assembly.
I understand that, i was just wondering how you were arriving at specific dates like July 10th and July 29th and August 6th but not showing the associated MK serial number that those specific assembly dates were derived from.

I always include the formula (see above) so many folks send the actual date without their serial #
grxz's Avatar grxz 08:42 AM 04-02-2014
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Congratulations & Enjoy

Thank you - All ZT's were made in one factory in Japan which was the only one with an autoclave capable of attaching the Studio Master Panel, which eliminates the air space normally found between the plasma pixels and the screen’s glass front. This production ceased in December 2013.

The exact date of manufacture can be determined by the first four numbers of the serial number which represents the the year and the next three the day of the year - I'm MK3191 which means 2013 - July 10th - 191st day of the year, Serial # MK3290 is October 17th. 290 day of the year - Panel A12650

Reviewing your serial number will confirm the exact date of manufacture - these are the #''s of panels made in December 2013:

A16781 – December 4 - 65ZT60
A16796 – December

It's not an April Fool's day joke. My serial number begins with MK4010 and it states January 2014 on the sticker on the back of the TV.
RandyWalters's Avatar RandyWalters 08:52 AM 04-02-2014
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It's not an April Fool's day joke. My serial number begins with MK4010 and it states January 2014 on the sticker on the back of the TV.

Wow, that's very interesting. Are you in North America? If so, maybe the Mexican plant had a surplus of very expensive ZT panel modules and made one last assembly run in January to use them all up. MK4010 would be Jan 10th right? The Panasonic insider over at HDJ posted on Dec 3rd that production on all models had ended.



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