Originally Posted by zoyd
The timing board change adjusted the time constant of the fluctuations and I did not measure that time constant but if I had to guess I'd say it was a factor of 2. Also, the darker your black level (and especially if you watch in a very dark room) the more you will notice the black fluctuations. So I think the "creeping" you mention is probably your eyes adjusting to the new behavior and now it's easier for you to pick it out again (I know that happened to me).
Originally Posted by pitviper33
Definitely. I still see brightness fluctuations. And honestly they still drive me a bit crazy. But it's dramatically better than it was.
Ahh, good to know. That may explain my new findings:
I tried tinkering around in the TV (59D6500) settings, experimenting with different modes and variations in cell/contrast/brightness. One variation was boosting solely brightness from 50 up to 60. Result? Completely gone!
Well, at least the handful of pops that I was repeatedy tracking in the first few minutes of Lord of the Rings from my HTPC. Havent tried other sources/movies, but I can definitely confirm that the few I was repeatedly tracking are gone. If this holds for all mini-pops, I think I can live with slightly less inky blacks in exhange for no more of those heaven-forsaken pops!
I suppose this goes along with what you posted above, zoyd?
Also, does the light sensor on the TV have any effect on the popping? Or is it merely internal to the eye -- that one will purely be more apt to see pops in a completely dark room (and with no variation or assistance from the TV's light sensor). Ive disabled all eco/dynamic garbage, but if the TV is still using it in regards to pops, I wonder if covering it altogether with electrical tape will stop variations?
(And great to know Im not alone, pitviper. Thanks
Makes it a little less painful/aggravating haha)
I've found the exact threshold (for my TV) -- +6 on brightness rids the mini-pops completely (in Lord of Rings repeated spots Ive been watching). If I move it down just ONE notch to 55, the pops are back, and even more "schizophrenic" in rapid flashing, faster, but less extreme pops, almost like it's teetering more because of being so close to the threshold.
Anyway, as for now, Ill leave my brightness +6 (at 56) and keep an eye out for pops. Hopefully this will rid my mini-pops! Although I suspect it's coorelated to the source's levels, and while the pops are cured on this scene at 56, other scenes with more dynamic range wont be cured. I fear it may just be something I have to suck down and live with.
If so, at least Zoyd's valiant, savior-like efforts and teachings have made the problem so VERY much better and much more bearable than before!