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post #1 of 5 Old 03-19-2002, 03:31 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi there,

I've purchased a Panasonic PV-HD1000 and TU-DST50 with it. Although I live in Europe and cannot receive HDTV broadcasts, I use the VCR to playback HD tapes a friend in the US records for me.

I've heard a rumor about the "blue pixels" and "audio dropout" with the TU-DST50. What do I need to get rid of these problems? I followed the "firmware transplant" thread and wonder if a new firmware would help. If not, what else would?

Thanks for any hints.

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The dst50 has to be sent back to the factory for repair.

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Certified,

I can't tell from your post if you actually have the "blue sparkles" problem, or if you're just worried about getting it. If you have a bad case of blue sparkles you will definitely need factory repair.

If, however, you have no blue sparkles (or just a mild amount) and you're just worried about getting them, you can help the situation by keeping your DST50 as cool as possible. This means putting nothing on it that would trap or add heat, and using an external fan to blow air across the top. You can even go so far as removing the aluminum lining stuck to the inside of the top cover. That helps the air flow through the ventilation holes.

You'll find answers to the audio dropout problem here

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@ gridleak

I am just worried about the blue pixels so far. Since I live in Europe, a factory repair would be the worst case!

Thank you for the link. As for the audio drop outs, I used the Proceed AVP, AVP2 and Mark Levinson No.40 with it. I experienced audio dropouts sometimes and sometimes not. I can't tell with which I had them, but my guess would be the No.40.

If I am getting this correct, there is no fix for the audio dropout problem. It's just that some decoders mask it and some don't, right?

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If your unit has the Channel Map feature in its Setup menu, then most likely it's one that was already upgraded by Panasonic, and you won't have the "blue sparkle" problem.

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