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post #6391 of 6435
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Originally Posted by gce View Post

Here's what I had to do to get mine fixed. I called Panasonic and they said sorry, you're out of warranty but were also insistent that I call an authorized repair shop. Obviously I was angry and just wanted it fixed, called the shop who came out and gave me an estimate.. then, told me to call Panasonic back regardless of what they had already told me! Started to get the impression, this is how it's done.. so with estimate in hand I called Panasonic back again explaining I was only months out of warranty and now had a potential repair bill of $700 dollars, wasn't there anything they could do to help?! They went from "Sorry" to lets submit a case for review, took a lot more information from me, I got a case number and was given e-mail address to submit the estimate to. Couple days later they got back to us and offered to cover about half the cost.

What it needed (and yes I also had the 7 blinks of death) was 3 boards (SC, SU and SD) He also put new and improved screws in all the boards so it would not ever start buzzing. This all cost me $345 and I am very happy with what Panasonic did with it being out of warranty and really I think the picture looks better then it did before.

Good luck...

Panasonic told me the same. I havent called back or got an estimate. Ive been trying to find a SC board but not having any luck. I also have the buzzing too. what are these improved screws?
post #6392 of 6435
Just a 3 dollar bag of screws. The repairman told me the original screws would work loose and start buzzing so Panasonic issued new and improved ones.
post #6393 of 6435
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Originally Posted by gce View Post

Just a 3 dollar bag of screws. The repairman told me the original screws would work loose and start buzzing so Panasonic issued new and improved ones.

replaced 2 of the 3 boards and now i have this

post #6394 of 6435
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Originally Posted by ceaverill View Post

replaced 2 of the 3 boards and now i have this

Dam that's messup.
post #6395 of 6435
I have a TC-P55vt30 that quit and shows the 7 blinks. First signs of the problem was the top half of the screen turned pink for a little bit then shut down. I tested the boards following the technical guide and found the SC board had a short. So i got a new SC board but the tv still shows 7 blinks on the power led. Did further testing and there are no shorts on the vsus, vda or p15v or the su/sd/sc/ss boards. followed other testing procedures and nothing else seems to be bad but the tv will not turn on without the 7 blinks. The one odd thing is the testing of the power supply in the tech guide, i followed the directions and the fans should turn on when i power it up and I should be able to test for vsus and vda but the fans don't turn on and the set reacts the same way with the shut down. Any thoughts?
post #6396 of 6435
someone has calibrated this tv lately? .... and black value has been obtained??
post #6397 of 6435
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Originally Posted by RUBEN PORTILLO View Post

someone has calibrated this tv lately? .... and black value has been obtained??
Last year.
post #6398 of 6435
OK THANK
post #6399 of 6435
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Originally Posted by ceaverill View Post

Panasonic told me the same. I havent called back or got an estimate. Ive been trying to find a SC board but not having any luck. I also have the buzzing too. what are these improved screws?



Hey guys,

I just started getting the same problem as you. I'm totally bummed to read this might mean having parts replaced at a cost to me. I bought the television brand new in November '11, and it's been fantastic. I used the D-nice calibration settings/slides and everything has been perfect.

This only seems to be happening when there's alot of white on the screen. I suppose the only course of action, based on what you guys are saying, is to call Panasonic?

-Mike
post #6400 of 6435
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Originally Posted by ratlhead View Post



Hey guys,

I just started getting the same problem as you. I'm totally bummed to read this might mean having parts replaced at a cost to me. I bought the television brand new in November '11, and it's been fantastic. I used the D-nice calibration settings/slides and everything has been perfect.

This only seems to be happening when there's alot of white on the screen. I suppose the only course of action, based on what you guys are saying, is to call Panasonic?

-Mike

Well, got the 7 blinks of the red light...literally as I was on the phone as with Panasonic, the television shut down and that's that. And of course, they will do nothing given it's out of warranty by a year.

Service tech coming on Monday for $85...and who knows what the cost is after that.

Ridiculous.
post #6401 of 6435
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Originally Posted by RUBEN PORTILLO View Post

someone has calibrated this tv lately? .... and black value has been obtained??
I just got this set ISF calibrated last week. I had been using D-NICE settings for almost 2 years and apparently my report showed it was a little too red but overall it was very good. After calibration my tv is showing more range and shadow detail improved a bit. The one thing I noticed is that the red levels now seem to high, I sent an email to the calibrator for confirmation but I was watching Avengers and noticed that the colors (particularly red) just seem to high and make skin tones unnatural during night or dark scenes (day scenes aren't so bad). He did say there was a bit of green push in some areas that just could not be corrected but I didn't notice the saturation until a few days later. WIll wait to see what he says.
post #6402 of 6435
Hey guys, something rather curious just happened over here.. I have two roommates, and a couple of us noticed some really horrid bandwidth problems. I got on the router and found that all of our upstream (about 2.5Mbit/s was being used by someone on the wireless.

Other than a couple of phones, two computers (that were both having trouble either streaming netfllix or playing a game with low latency), and a kindle fire, all that was left is my other roomate's Panasonic ST30 (TC-PxxST30?). It's a lower end plastma from 2011 I think. He's got a wireless adapter from Askey computer corporation connected to it. So I got on the router using dd-wrt firmware and decided to just block all p2p traffic from his MAC address, and wouldn't you know it, that stopped it. I can hear netflix still running on his TV, so I presume he doesn't know any better.

Does Viera share it's network load with everyone else using P2P to help Netflix save on bandwidth costs? This would make sense, though it seems kind of sneaky to do it and not tell anyone. Basically his TV crippled the network for everyone else. Had anyone else noticed this on their network?
post #6403 of 6435

i have the problem. looking at the schematic it looks like it would have to be either the power board or the a board. did you solve your issue?

post #6404 of 6435
Has anyone profiled the i1D3 for VT30?
post #6405 of 6435
I have an extended warranty that will run out soon from Magnolia. I think I'm going to have them replace what needs to be replaced to fix the whole dimming issue, then having it re-calibrated. I've forgotten the AVS forum pet name for the effect!

Anyone have any advice for me regarding the process?
post #6406 of 6435
Will Panasonic TV Remote 2 app work with Motorola 3400 Cable box? Can't seem to make the app work to control cable box. My TV recognizes there is a cable box hooked up.
post #6407 of 6435
My panasonic st50 50" plasma stopes working about a week ago , I was watching tv and it shut off randomly , I tried turning it back on but every time it shut itself off , and it the power light blinks 8 times and I know that's an error code, and I heard it could be the AU or SU board . My question is can I fix it myself? Or should I take it to a repair shop?
post #6408 of 6435
I'm not sure I would attempt a repair myself unless I was sure of the problem. I would take it to a repair shop and see what they can do for you. I take it you didn't purchase an extended warranty? I bought one from Squaretrade on my VT30 and had an issue with static appearing in the picture on all sources. I called them and within a week they sent someone to my house and had it repaired, and the unit works like a charm. I would definitely look into it for future purchases.
post #6409 of 6435
Here's to hoping that the '11 VT30's don't hit some huge failure rate wall after 2-3 years else I'm going to be up a creek as well.

Question for those who have had ISF calibration done to a post EEPROM updated VT30 (55" in my particular case) in the recent past. If you look at the first few pages of this post, Chad B states that this set is a real bitch to calibrate with non-working calibration options in the custom mode and non-linearity issues where one setting will really affect another. So much so that he suggests disregarding custom mode altogether and focus on calibrating THX and Cinema mode (which I'm guessing requires the service menu?) Did you feel you got your money's worth (~$500) post-calibration over the D-Nice settings? Have these calibration issues even been addressed with the latest firmware?

I know this is a subjective question and certainly there are those with color accuracy OCD who will pay nearly the cost of the set to get the most out of it that they can but from those who are looking to maximize bang-for-buck, would you still recommend others to get it calibrated given your results?
post #6410 of 6435
The CMS issues were fixed with software (CalMAN) and FW (2.1) updates. However, it remains one of the most finicky and tricky TVs to calibrate in the ISF and custom modes, so to beginning calibrators or anyone with a limited amount of time I recommend calibrating THX mode, which does have to be done in the service menu. THX mode is much easier and calibrates pretty well, but Custom and ISF modes can provide slightly better and more flexible results given enough patience and persistence, at least on the North American VT30.

I believe some of my customers used D-Nice's settings prior to having me calibrate, so hopefully they will chime in to answer your question about money's worth.
post #6411 of 6435
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The CMS issues were fixed with software (CalMAN) and FW (2.1) updates.

The original issue was reported to Panasonic just after the VE shootout that year.

For history sake, it wasn't a CalMAN update/change that fixed it, only the optional (and manual installed) v2.1 firmware and ControlCAL G/VT30 Edition v2 (which has had 100% functionality from day one) supported this.

Even if a owner has a newer f/w version, you would install the optional (labeled: For professional installer only) v2.1 firmware and then allow the VT30's firmware internet update again to the current f/w version. The link to this optional f/w is on the support forum.
Edited by turbe - 1/9/14 at 10:33pm
post #6412 of 6435
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Originally Posted by turbe View Post

The original issue was reported to Panasonic just after the VE shootout that year.

For history sake, it wasn't a CalMAN update/change that fixed it, only the optional (and manual installed) v2.1 firmware and ControlCAL G/VT30 Edition v2 (which has had 100% functionality from day one) supported this.

Even if a owner has a newer f/w version, you would install the optional (labeled: For professional installer only) v2.1 firmware and then allow the VT30's firmware internet update again to the current f/w version. The link to this optional f/w is on the support forum.

The support forum on Panasonic's website?
post #6413 of 6435
Hi Tom, the ControlCAL G/VT30 Edition v2 thread on the ControlCAL support forum.
post #6414 of 6435
Thanks turbe!
post #6415 of 6435
I found the firmware on Panasonic's website, says exactly what you mentioned "For Professionals installers only." I'm not certain if my current firmware is already greater than 2.1, but if this is a downgrade per-say, do I immediately do an upgrade to the latest firmware again and whatever mojo the 2.1 added won't be lost when going up to the latest?

Speaking of ControlCal. I had always thought that Calman5 Control was nothing more than Calman5 with ControlCal bundled in, but now I'm thinking that is not so much the case. If I'm right, what does ControlCal buy me that I'm not getting with Calman5 Control with respect to calibrating the beast that is the VT30?
post #6416 of 6435
Just curious, why was this issued as a "For Professional Calinrators Only" update?
post #6417 of 6435
I installed the 2.1 update, and wow! I went from a color setting of 36 to 44 in custom. I was already very pleased with my VT30 and now I'm more so.
post #6418 of 6435
Just to confirm this set doesn't support audio Return nor Ethernet even tho it's hdmi 1.4?
post #6419 of 6435
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Originally Posted by Tom Riddle View Post

I installed the 2.1 update, and wow! I went from a color setting of 36 to 44 in custom. I was already very pleased with my VT30 and now I'm more so.
Interesting...I have 2.22 installed on mine.

Is it only certain areas have certain revs.?
post #6420 of 6435
It's an optional update that can only be uploaded via USB - it is not included in the 2.22 updated, although the updated is 2.10. If you have a professional calibration or are using D-Nice's settings, do not install it - it is not reversible. Below is a link:

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/tv/download/pro/down_pro.html

You will have to redo all of your settings once installed.
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