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post #3601 of 4156
How do i check to see what firmware my GT30 is currently running?
post #3602 of 4156
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Originally Posted by vbk View Post

Any device thats pushing 480I to your set will do.

Yep, just hit the "info" button on the remote to be sure.
post #3603 of 4156
Ack!

I picked up a 50GT30 last week to replace a 50PZ80U and I am extremely disappointed in the color banding I see in dark scenes, mostly in the faces of people. I never had this issue with my older set so I'm a little bummed out.

Is there any way to fix this? It's incredibly distracting and I don't know if I'll keep it if its not. I've already clocked in 100 hours using slides and I've done the 2.1 > 2.2 upgrade.
post #3604 of 4156
Hi all, I received my 50GT30 in December. I had an older router and had some issues connecting the TV to my home network. I have since upgraded my router and am now able to connect. My set was a March 2011 build -- my current software version is 2.010; I see that the latest version available is 2.200. Do you recommend that I update my set? What does the update do? Will it improve my picture and overall viewing experience? Are there any cons in doing so, anything I should look out for and/or be concerned with?? As always, great forum and your help is very much appreciated...many thanks!
post #3605 of 4156
I thought I'd share my experience getting a HDD to work with my Panasonic Plasma GT30 for purpose of recording TV using the Pana.

I had a couple of USB to IDE (Parallel ATA) adapters with disks that were spare so I thought I'd experiment with this feature of the TV. The disks were detected however the Pana would not format them. I tried different partition types including wiping the partition table but no success.

I plugged a newer USB to SATA adpater in and it was recognised straight away and proceeded to the formatting option.

Moral of the story - use a USB to SATA type adapter.
post #3606 of 4156
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post

Sets prior to August build required an A board swap or an sd update to the eproom revision to fix the Fluacuating Brightness issue...So if your set is August or beyond you are ok...

good to know I'm picking up my 55gt30 today..can't friggin wait. this is replacing a 9yr old sony lcd/dlp..I'm using comcastwith the rgb because my old tv didn't have the new hdmi connection, so I guess I'll have to buy 1 hdmi cable to run from the tv to the comcast dvr and then use another cable to connect audio to my receiver
post #3607 of 4156
Anyone have any experience on how the panel/performance of the GT 30 compares to the VT 25 series?
Thanks, Bill
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bzbluray View Post

Anyone have any experience on how the panel/performance of the GT30 compares to the VT25 series?
Thanks, Bill

It has been reported here several times that they're very comparable, but the VT25 suffers from the Floating Black problem that cannot be fixed so i'd cross the VT25 off my list right there.
post #3609 of 4156
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by scbates View Post

I thought I'd share my experience getting a HDD to work with my Panasonic Plasma GT30 for purpose of recording TV using the Pana. I had a couple of USB to IDE (Parallel ATA) adapters with disks that were spare so I thought I'd experiment with this feature of the TV. The disks were detected however the Pana would not format them. I tried different partition types including wiping the partition table but no success. I plugged a newer USB to SATA adpater in and it was recognised straight away and proceeded to the formatting option. Moral of the story - use a USB to SATA type adapter.

You must be in a foreign country because the North American GT30 discussed here doesn't have an HDD recording feature (it's a European thing only). No NA TVs can do this due to our copyright protection laws.
post #3610 of 4156
Don't laugh at the question but...what is everyone doing with the box the set came in? Save or toss?
post #3611 of 4156
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

Don't laugh at the question but...what is everyone doing with the box the set came in? Save or toss?

I will be saving mine until my return window closes,then I might toss it.

Dr DTS what settings are you running at for THX and Custom?...I'am using dave o's but I need to add a little more pop to the colors.
post #3612 of 4156
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

Don't laugh at the question but...what is everyone doing with the box the set came in? Save or toss?

I have saved all of my TV boxes. They are great to have if you ever need to move.
post #3613 of 4156
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Originally Posted by steven_jc View Post

Hi all, I received my 50GT30 in December. I had an older router and had some issues connecting the TV to my home network. I have since upgraded my router and am now able to connect. My set was a March 2011 build -- my current software version is 2.010; I see that the latest version available is 2.200. Do you recommend that I update my set? What does the update do? Will it improve my picture and overall viewing experience? Are there any cons in doing so, anything I should look out for and/or be concerned with?? As always, great forum and your help is very much appreciated...many thanks!

AFAIK, there are no documented PQ improvements with 2.2, but you will need to install it if you want to use any of the Viera Apps.
post #3614 of 4156
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

Don't laugh at the question but...what is everyone doing with the box the set came in? Save or toss?

I save my boxes because we rent currently and it is great to have when moving.
post #3615 of 4156
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Originally Posted by Donald V View Post


I save my boxes because we rent currently and it is great to have when moving.

Sold my 6 yr old plasma when replaced with new. Saving the box made for easy transport to the buyer
post #3616 of 4156
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

Don't laugh at the question but...what is everyone doing with the box the set came in? Save or toss?

Heck I still have my Pioneer 940 Elite box in my garage attic.
post #3617 of 4156
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

Don't laugh at the question but...what is everyone doing with the box the set came in? Save or toss?

I made 4 little L brackets out of 2x2s and it's hanging from the trusses in my garage completely out of my way in unused space.
post #3618 of 4156
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post

I will be saving mine until my return window closes,then I might toss it.

Dr DTS what settings are you running at for THX and Custom?...I'am using dave o's but I need to add a little more pop to the colors.



On THX I just moved the contrast up to around (75). On Dave_O's settings I pretty much have left them alone for normal viewing and BR. I have toyed with moving the Color up to around 52-54 while dropping Warm 2 to Warm 1. I'm using his 'Mid Brightness settings after the 2.1 path applied.


I'm still working on the 3D settings using Panel Brightness set to Low, Color either Cool 1 or Normal with Color up to around 55-56. Contrast, Sharpness, Brightness left at Dave_O's Mid Brightness settings.
post #3619 of 4156
Is there a consensus, here or anywhere, which says if you are not seeing the fluctuating brightness to have your a-board replaced anyway? I've only had my GT30 for 3 weeks (June build) but I'm having ChadB calibrate it in a couple of months and I don't want to spend the money and then have to replace the board. I'm not familiar with what all is on the a-board, so I want to find out if replacing it would or would not require another calibration? Thanks.
post #3620 of 4156
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Originally Posted by ped View Post

AFAIK, there are no documented PQ improvements with 2.2, but you will need to install it if you want to use any of the Viera Apps.


Is there any benefit of updating firmware via a SD Memory Card or USB vs. the TV wirelessly? Will the SD Card/USB be faster since it is not being updated via the wireless network? Thanks as always!!
post #3621 of 4156
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

Is there a consensus, here or anywhere, which says if you are not seeing the fluctuating brightness to have your a-board replaced anyway? I’ve only had my GT30 for 3 weeks (June build) but I’m having ChadB calibrate it in a couple of months and I don’t want to spend the money and then have to replace the board. I’m not familiar with what all is on the a-board, so I want to find out if replacing it would or would not require another calibration? Thanks.

The new board is setup with factory defaults before factory cal, so a calibration is needed after the A-board replacement. The tv will look good anyway but if you want the best out of it a cal is needed.
post #3622 of 4156
Does anyone have any links to info about the 2012 3d glasses? I seem to recall someone saying they were coming out in March, but I can't find that info in a forum search orgoogle search.
post #3623 of 4156
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Originally Posted by gadianton View Post

Does anyone have any links to info about the 2012 3d glasses? I seem to recall someone saying they were coming out in March, but I can't find that info in a forum search orgoogle search.

They are shipping in March and will be Bluetooth - incompatible with 2011 Panasonic plasmas.
post #3624 of 4156
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Originally Posted by RedOctober205 View Post

They are shipping in March and will be Bluetooth - incompatible with 2011 Panasonic plasmas.

Ah ok. So it seems to be the Panasonic 3rd gen are the preferred glasses... but no one has them! Are they going to get more of those anytime soon?
post #3625 of 4156
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Originally Posted by whipit View Post

The new board is setup with factory defaults before factory cal, so a calibration is needed after the A-board replacement. The tv will look good anyway but if you want the best out of it a cal is needed.

I have a March 2011 build -- in THX mode, I do not see any fluctuating brightness issues...is it setting specific? Do all early models have it or is there a chance that I got lucky with my set? Even if I do not see it, is it worth having the A-board replaced? Any thoughts/suggestions??

Many thanks!
post #3626 of 4156
Whats good for IR,I threw the slides up just to break in the set some more and I can see the the word" Menu" ghosting in the background?I have been running the slides for an hour and it still seems to be there.Is the scrolling bar any good?
post #3627 of 4156
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post

Whats good for IR,I threw the slides up just to break in the set some more and I can see the the word" Menu" ghosting in the background?I have been running the slides for an hour and it still seems to be there.Is the scrolling bar any good?

You will always see some form of IR when you run the slides. As long as you keep your viewing material varied any IR should be completely temporary and will be erased eventually and replaced with something else just by watching TV. You would probably need to run slides for 8 or more hours to get rid of it, the scrolling bar is ineffective.

Now, on the other hand if you only watch a couple of different channels most of the time, then logos and other various static images can become a real issue. In this case I'm not real sure there is a good solution, running the slides a couple days a week on a regular basis seems pretty wasteful, otherwise an LCD is probably a better choice.

In the past I have used the slides to get rid of some pretty persistent IR [adult swim] logo, but it took at least a week of slides to get to the point where it was just barely visible when viewing slides and of course no viewing of that channel in the process. It was never visible with normal content.
post #3628 of 4156
Just scheduled my April 2011 build for service for the fluctuating brightness issue and I'm pretty pleased by how painless it was. They knew of the issue, verified it wasn't CATS and scheduled me an appointment on Thursday. 20 minutes tops. Hopefully the actual service goes as well as the call.
post #3629 of 4156
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Originally Posted by steven_jc View Post

Is there any benefit of updating firmware via a SD Memory Card or USB vs. the TV wirelessly? Will the SD Card/USB be faster since it is not being updated via the wireless network? Thanks as always!!

to apply the Luminance patch, it has to be done via SD while the latest 2.2 can be done via wired or wireless. I had a wireless setup when i got the my 55gt30 running but decided to run wired just in case my wireless setup decides to drop out during the patching process

YMMV.
post #3630 of 4156
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Originally Posted by jcmusika View Post

to apply the Luminance patch, it has to be done via SD while the latest 2.2 can be done via wired or wireless. I had a wireless setup when i got the my 55gt30 running but decided to run wired just in case my wireless setup decides to drop out during the patching process

YMMV.


Thanks, jcmusika!! I apologize in advance for my ignorance...am a total newbie, but here goes...

I have not applied the "Luminance" patch -- should I do this? What is it for exactly?

Also, I have not had my A-board replaced and do not see any discernable flunctuating brightness in THX mode (at least I do not think I do). I have not yet experimented with other modes/settings. Is the flunctuating brightness issue only in certain modes or all? I have a March 2011 build. Does the fbr issue affect all March 50GT30 builds or are some without issue? Should I schedule my A-board to be replaced regardless??

Any help in setting me in the right direction is much appreciated. Thanks!
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