Thanks, Semblance, pwaug, No Mo' So.
So D-Nice break-in method is designed specifically for his settings and requires going into service menu.
I think I will stick to the regular method, no black bars, no static images, low everything, because I'm a very conservative person :P (I'm afraid of screw ups)
However, like you've mentioned, it is easier to find defects running the picture slide.
Would I still be able to detect defects if I run the picture slides in low setting?
Also, just for reference, this is an email I got from Panasonic just from yesterday:
I have just purchased the 50" G20 plasma and I was wondering is there any tips or advice to take care of the device, ie. how to avoid image retention and burn in?
There is also a 2004 Panasonic document that lists steps to breaking in a brand new plasma and I was wondering what kind of steps I should follow to break in a set in 2010.
Thank you for your e-mail. Please be advised that due to the advancements in Panasonic Viera technology, a break in period is no longer required. We recommend that you do not display still or fixed images for long periods of time, and we also recommend that for the majority of 4:3 viewing you press the Format button to fill the screen in order to evenly age the phosphors on the panel.