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post #6811 of 8528
is there anyone who has converted anything to work on this tv via usb please help me out
post #6812 of 8528
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Originally Posted by whitedevil070 View Post
is there anyone who has converted anything to work on this tv via usb please help me out
whitedevil70,

By USB, do you mean harddrive or flashdrive? I have yet to try anything as I understood it only read SD cards. What successful experiences have you had with USB?

thanks,
flowersrj
post #6813 of 8528
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Originally Posted by whitedevil070 View Post
is there anyone who has converted anything to work on this tv via usb please help me out
I can use all of my USB sticks 1GB/4GB/8GB and I have successfully plugged in a 100GB external hard drive. Keep in mind that all device need to be formatted using FAT32 and not NTFS.
post #6814 of 8528
Was able to pick up the 50g20 for a REALLY good price at BB. Love it so far. It was a floor model but only on the floor for 3 weeks. Manufacturing date of Oct. 2010 Firmware version 3.0. I had to clean the screen however. I picked up DigitalInnovations CleanDr w/Microfiber cloth. Stuffed worked great and no residue. anyone ever use it?
post #6815 of 8528
Hey folks, I never received any feedback from a similar post about 3 weeks ago. I could use your thoughtful advice:

I've had a 50G25 for about 6 months. No buzzing, no complaints. Love it!

I'm in the process of setting up my new Denon ba591 Home Theater system.

Presently the TV is set up as follows:

HDMI 1 Tivo for cable (and set with relevant settings)
HDMI 2 Panasonic BD65 Blu-ray (Set with THX)
HDMI 3 Xbox 360 (with appropriate game settings)

We have a Wii in the mix, but being SD, I don't care how that ends up connected.

Anyway: How do I preserve my various setting for each HDMI input while getting the receiver into the mix? I can put all 3 HDMI inputs into the receiver, but with a single HDMI out, I don't want to be stuck with a single setting on the TV. Is there a 1 button push on the TV to modify the settings from that single HDMI feed so that rather than changing my "input" to switch from the 360 to the Blu-Ray, I can one button push my settings? I don't want to have 10 different menu settings to change when I change my inputs....

OR, does the Audio Return Channel allow me to send the highest quality audio signal produced from the feeds into HDMI 2 and 3 to go back to the receiver? (I could make HDMI 1 Blu-Ray, and swap the setting for 1 and 2, and then have the Blu-Ray dedicated to the receiver). Where do I read up on how to do this?

My preference is to have the Blu-ray always through the receiver, but I don't need the 360 or the Tivo "always" through the receiver...

Your thoughts are appreciated!

Pat E
post #6816 of 8528
OK, nevermind.... HDMI 1.4a with the Audio Return is great! Plug and play, who'd have thunk it...

To be clear (for those looking to do the same thing), the ARC channel on the G25 (and I assume other Panasonic plasma's) is always on. Once I found the way to turn it on on the receiver, it worked without any additional set up. Sounds great!

Pat E
post #6817 of 8528
The reasons for banding (visible color transitions because of gradient) have been discussed before. Under normal TV usage, I've noticed it only a few times in Target commercials (faded red background) or in some blue sky gradients, where it was apparent and distracting.

I didn't see anyone post this tip:
If you own a PS3, set the XMB background to original or classic. You can cycle the color setting to view how the banding changes.

It is more noticeable to me when the background color is set darker, probably because the color steps are farther apart due to the higher gradient between light and dark areas. Sometimes you have to look closely to see it.
post #6818 of 8528
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

In my experience, different devices require different settings. That being said, I don't have all my devices going through one source like you do. I find that my PS3 and Wii do well on the game setting (modified to my liking), my movies I watch in THX mode and for TV viewing I like a brighter picture. I think the THX mode is great but in my opinion it's too dull for normal TV viewing in a normal or brightly lit room. THX mode really shines in a darkened environment. Here are my all purpose settings for normal TV viewing.

Picture Mode: Custom

Contrast: 75
Brightness: 60
Color: 43
Tint: -3
Sharpness: I use 20 ( you use whatever you want)
Color Temp: Normal
Color Management: Off
xv Color: Auto
CATS: OFF

Pro Settings:
First four options: 0
Black Extension: 0
Gamma: 2.2
Panel: Mid
AGC: Off (this is important)

are these settings with or without dnices service menu settings?
Thanks
post #6819 of 8528
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Originally Posted by Cobra30 View Post

are these settings with or without dnices service menu settings?
Thanks

Without.

D-Nice's settings wouldn't affect these settings anyway. His settings only affect the "warm" color temp. These settings are with the "normal" color temp.
post #6820 of 8528
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

I can use all of my USB sticks 1GB/4GB/8GB and I have successfully plugged in a 100GB external hard drive. Keep in mind that all device need to be formatted using FAT32 and not NTFS.


Use FAT64/ExFAT and you can use files larger than 4GB. This is essential if you are trying to play ripped Blurays. Not that they will play anyway - unless someone comes up with a good firmware update...
post #6821 of 8528
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Originally Posted by paolo9321 View Post

Use FAT64/ExFAT and you can use files larger than 4GB. This is essential if you are trying to play ripped Blurays. Not that they will play anyway - unless someone comes up with a good firmware update...

A large video can be split into files that are smaller than 4 GB each and viewed in FAT32 storage either with sequential playback or by using the AVCHD format.
post #6822 of 8528
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Originally Posted by UnexplainedBacon View Post

A large video can be split into files that are smaller than 4 GB each and viewed in FAT32 storage either with sequential playback or by using the AVCHD format.

Do u know if it will play MOV files that are in HD?

Thanks, Rich
post #6823 of 8528
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Originally Posted by persiannight View Post

Was able to pick up the 50g20 for a REALLY good price at BB. Love it so far. It was a floor model but only on the floor for 3 weeks. Manufacturing date of Oct. 2010 Firmware version 3.0. I had to clean the screen however. I picked up DigitalInnovations CleanDr w/Microfiber cloth. Stuffed worked great and no residue. anyone ever use it?

Nice, I got a similar deal @ BB with the G20. PM if you can with what you paid, I'd be interested to find out.
post #6824 of 8528
Hello everyone,

I know this is a bit off-topic but here goes:

I want to calibrate my TV in the media player mode for viewing pictures. I've already calibrated my TV using D-Nice's settings and fine-tuned it with my Avia disc through my Blu-Ray player.

The problem I'm facing is that the G25's picture viewer has different picture presets than the standard picture presets that are with the TV. For instance, the picture viewer has a "Cinema" mode which is different than THX mode, as far as I know. I can't calibrate the Cinema picture mode using my Avia disk because it doesn't exist except in the media viewer.

What I need are the standard black/white level, color, saturation and sharpness patterns that I can put on a USB stick or an SD card that I can view in the media viewer and make adjustments.

Any idea where I can get such patterns?
post #6825 of 8528
I just placed an order on Amazon for the P42GT25, actually I decided to get the G25 but Amazon has the GT25 for a merely $80 more so I was like why not.
Anyway, I've done some researches and heard lot of good things about this model that's why I pulled a trigger. My first question is before the 200 hours break-in, is it not a good idea to watch movies not on full screen but with 2 black bars on top and bottom? How is it gonna affect to the TV as a whole?
post #6826 of 8528
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Originally Posted by UnexplainedBacon View Post

A large video can be split into files that are smaller than 4 GB each and viewed in FAT32 storage either with sequential playback or by using the AVCHD format.


Can you please explain how to do this if it's as easy as that
post #6827 of 8528
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Originally Posted by iTravis View Post

I just placed an order on Amazon for the P42GT25, actually I decided to get the G25 but Amazon has the GT25 for a merely $80 more so I was like why not.
Anyway, I've done some researches and heard lot of good things about this model that's why I pulled a trigger. My first question is before the 200 hours break-in, is it not a good idea to watch movies not on full screen but with 2 black bars on top and bottom? How is it gonna affect to the TV as a whole?

FYI, there is a thread specifically for owners of the GT25:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1276990

Some say it isn't necessary, but to be on the safe side during the break in period, you can keep the contrast and brightness down, not have black bars on the screen for extended periods or have bright white channel logos on for extended periods. Plasma phosphors age more quickly at the start of their lives (relative to the remainder of their lives).
post #6828 of 8528
is there really any problem wity the power supply on the panasonic TC-P50G20
post #6829 of 8528
is there any power supply problems with the panasonic TC-P50G20 ???
post #6830 of 8528
hey, having problems with the tv tuner scanning on my G25. I have Cablevision basic cable and it is able to scan all the analog channels fine but when it tries to scan the digital channels, it keeps getting stuck at a certain point (usually at 48%). I've reset the TV and tried it multiple times but it always gets stuck at the same point. Funny thing is that I tried the TV at another location with Cablevision basic cable and it scanned all the channels fine and I was getting full HD basic cable, but for some reason, it keeps getting stuck in my house. Any advice appreciated. I don't want to have to get an external tuner when the TV is supposed to do the job. Thanks.
post #6831 of 8528
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Originally Posted by Semblance View Post
FYI, there is a thread specifically for owners of the GT25:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1276990

Some say it isn't necessary, but to be on the safe side during the break in period, you can keep the contrast and brightness down, not have black bars on the screen for extended periods or have bright white channel logos on for extended periods. Plasma phosphors age more quickly at the start of their lives (relative to the remainder of their lives).
I bought my G20 open box from BB, so it was sitting at the store for a few weeks running their looping demo that all the TV's display. By my calculations, this TV has probably about 250+ hours worth of break-in from running everyday.

Do you guys recommend that I run slides anyways?

Will I be ok now to run any 2:39:1/2:40:1 content on the TV without any IR issues since the TV has had 250+ hours worth of time on it already?

I watched plenty of football and gaming over the weekend. I didn't see any IR at all, considering the games I played had their HUD on at all times.....but I made sure to pause the screen for a few seconds every so often to change the image. I also have the Orbital pixel shifter at automatic.

So far, loving this TV. Thanks
post #6832 of 8528
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

I can use all of my USB sticks 1GB/4GB/8GB and I have successfully plugged in a 100GB external hard drive. Keep in mind that all device need to be formatted using FAT32 and not NTFS.

Hi,

What were you able to do once plugged in?

flowersrj
post #6833 of 8528
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

I can use all of my USB sticks 1GB/4GB/8GB and I have successfully plugged in a 100GB external hard drive. Keep in mind that all device need to be formatted using FAT32 and not NTFS.

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Originally Posted by flowersrj View Post

Hi,

What were you able to do once plugged in?

flowersrj

I loaded the hard drive with pictures and music. I browse the pictures and listen to music.
post #6834 of 8528
I purchased the 50" G20 from BB one week ago. After installation I noticed on several channels a very narrow band at the top of the screen that looks like black and white dashes blinking on and off on several channels. It does not do this during a Blue-Ray disc movie and not on all of my channels. Does anyone know what causes this? I replaced a older model Panasonic 42" 720 on the same setup using HD comcast. I never noticed this very narrow band of distortion on the 42" TV.
thanks
post #6835 of 8528
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Originally Posted by dmensi@comcast.n View Post

I purchased the 50" G20 from BB one week ago. After installation I noticed on several channels a very narrow band at the top of the screen that looks like black and white dashes blinking on and off on several channels. It does not do this during a Blue-Ray disc movie and not on all of my channels. Does anyone know what causes this? I replaced a older model Panasonic 42" 720 on the same setup using HD comcast. I never noticed this very narrow band of distortion on the 42" TV.

That's normal. Your TV is accurately showing the signal it is being given. If you find the lines annoying, you can change the "HD Size" to "Size 1" (in the menu under "Aspect adustments"), which cuts off 5% of the image all around. (For standard definition signals, it is the "H size" setting that gets changed).
post #6836 of 8528
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Originally Posted by CaptainZombie View Post

I bought my G20 open box from BB, so it was sitting at the store for a few weeks running their looping demo that all the TV's display. By my calculations, this TV has probably about 250+ hours worth of break-in from running everyday.

Do you guys recommend that I run slides anyways?

No, it's not necessary if the TV was running that long.

Quote:


Will I be ok now to run any 2:39:1/2:40:1 content on the TV without any IR issues since the TV has had 250+ hours worth of time on it already?

I myself haven't seen IR issues with my G20, but there are lots of varied responses on the forum, with some who have seen problems. I'd have to expect that it's unlikely to see issues unless the content is run for extended periods of time.

But I haven't run those kinds of tests on my own TV.
post #6837 of 8528
is there any power supply problems with the panasonic TC-P50G20 ???
post #6838 of 8528
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Originally Posted by mbevers View Post

is there any power supply problems with the panasonic TC-P50G20 ???

I don't recall anyone mentioning power supply problems as a general issue. Have you heard something specific? Are you referring to capability, reliability, variability, etc.?
post #6839 of 8528
Are there recommended settings for xbox/ps3 gaming?
post #6840 of 8528
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Originally Posted by Semblance View Post

FYI, there is a thread specifically for owners of the GT25:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1276990

Some say it isn't necessary, but to be on the safe side during the break in period, you can keep the contrast and brightness down, not have black bars on the screen for extended periods or have bright white channel logos on for extended periods. Plasma phosphors age more quickly at the start of their lives (relative to the remainder of their lives).

Thank you for the link, I'll definitely look into that.
And point taken, I'm new to plasma so I'd rather be careful.
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