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post #9151 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Mongo171 View Post

The only tool you really need to get batteries out (swollen or not) is a standard screwdriver.
I've never needed a screw driver to get normal batteries out, and I hope I don't run into any swollen batteries. They might be contagious. eek.gifwink.gif
post #9152 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Latinoheat View Post

What type of tool did you use to remove the battery on your H1? I just replaced mine because I stepped on my old one by accident, (kids). The new one I got , was my sister's, as she never used it after she separated with her husband. The problem is that it only holds a charge for like 1 and a half days as oppose to my old one, lasted me almost all week on 1 charge. Curious if I change the battery it will last me longer.

The top of the battery was swollen and wouldn't lift up with the flimsy needle-nose pliers I had.

Only way I could remove it was by using two different sizes of blade-type screwdrivers, small one to pry it up and larger one to hold it in place whilst I used this:
http://www.greenlee.com/products/PLIERS%2540cLONGNOSE-8%2522-M0LD-STRIP.html

..... to remove battery.

The Greenlee tool was the only one I found where I could get enough of a solid grip of the battery to remove it without damaging anything else.

My chief concern was that I would have to buy a new remote if I couldn't successfully remove the battery as others have had to do.

Harmony One aren't cheap.
Edited by Iain- - 7/3/13 at 6:07pm
post #9153 of 9713
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

I've never needed a screw driver to get normal batteries out, and I hope I don't run into any swollen batteries. They might be contagious. eek.gifwink.gif

I've only had a few swollen batteries. Have also had a few stuck batteries. Usually I just grab a tweaker and wiggle it out. Don't want to chip a nail (yes, I am a tech).
post #9154 of 9713
Thanks for the heads up about the H1. Just checked the battery and all is fine. Not sure what you are talking about the charge...mine has always only lasted about a day and a half being out of the cradle. I just put it back in every nite.
post #9155 of 9713
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Originally Posted by MacNThorens View Post

Thanks for the heads up about the H1. Just checked the battery and all is fine. Not sure what you are talking about the charge...mine has always only lasted about a day and a half being out of the cradle. I just put it back in every nite.

That's the thing with my sister's it lasted me a day and a half. My older one lasted all week 5 days without charging. Not that it was a big deal but when you are use to charging once a week it kind of bugs you. I'm pretty sure why my sister's H1 became that way though was because they always had it on the cradle when not in use. I only charged mine when it was completely down. Therefore battery charge last longer, same thing goes for cell phones I guess.
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Originally Posted by Iain- View Post

My Harmony One does that for me. When I just want to watch TV without the bother of 5.1 audio, I have a specific H1 activity that turns on TV speakers and leaves AVR turned off. HDMI CEC is enabled on AVR to pass TV signal through to TV.
BTW for you mate, I found something I hadn't expected of Harmony One last week. My H1 is 3-4 years old and I've been having some strange problems of it recently. Turns out the battery in it had swelled and wouldn't come out when I tried to replace it. Had to purchase an industrial quality tool to remove it. PITA. eek.gif

Satisfactorily removed it and replaced battery. All is well now, but others haven't been as lucky.

Something to watch out for when your remote gets as old as mine. It's a common problem with certain types of batteries.

Haha, so I just checked mine, guess what, it was swollen too. I managed to get it out with a little pulling and wiggling with some needle nose pliers. So i swapped it with my older one which was perfect just came out by pushing it. Now I have it charging. Thanks for the tip.
post #9156 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Mongo171 View Post

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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

I've never needed a screw driver to get normal batteries out, and I hope I don't run into any swollen batteries. They might be contagious. eek.gifwink.gif

I've only had a few swollen batteries. Have also had a few stuck batteries. Usually I just grab a tweaker and wiggle it out. Don't want to chip a nail (yes, I am a tech).
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post #9157 of 9713
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Originally Posted by MacNThorens View Post

Thanks for the heads up about the H1. Just checked the battery and all is fine. Not sure what you are talking about the charge...mine has always only lasted about a day and a half being out of the cradle. I just put it back in every nite.

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Originally Posted by Latinoheat View Post

That's the thing with my sister's it lasted me a day and a half. My older one lasted all week 5 days without charging. Not that it was a big deal but when you are use to charging once a week it kind of bugs you. I'm pretty sure why my sister's H1 became that way though was because they always had it on the cradle when not in use. I only charged mine when it was completely down. Therefore battery charge last longer, same thing goes for cell phones I guess.

........

Indeed.

The key here is to only recharge when needed.

One problem with old battery was it needed recharge after 2-3 days; when new it would last over a week.

New battery is back to that pattern. Fully charged it just after installation on Sunday and indicator shows it only slightly down from that point currently.
post #9158 of 9713
NiCad batteries have a "memory." You must discharge them all the way down in order to get 100% charge.

If it discharges 25% down to 75% charge left, when you recharge it, you will get only 25% usage from that charge.
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post #9160 of 9713
Even that article says that with new testing, the Li-Ion batteries are showing memory. NiMh batteries don't show memory, as far as I know. That is what I use for rechargeables.
post #9161 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Mongo171 View Post

Even that article says that with new testing, the Li-Ion batteries are showing memory. NiMh batteries don't show memory, as far as I know. That is what I use for rechargeables.

With Harmony One remotes you must use Logitech approved batteries as they have special circuitry inside them that bog-standard Lithium Ion batteries wouldn't have. Please see my modified post immediately above your post for sources.

Logitech part number is 993-000405
post #9162 of 9713
Just now I'm having a sound problem. It seems like there's no bass at all. It was working fine this morning. Has this happened to anyone else? I hope this is an easy fix.
post #9163 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Just now I'm having a sound problem. It seems like there's no bass at all. It was working fine this morning. Has this happened to anyone else? I hope this is an easy fix.
Are you saying that there is no base coming from your TV's speakers?
post #9164 of 9713
Yes, that is correct.
post #9165 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Yes, that is correct.
I haven't used TV speakers for a very long time, so what I think might not be relevant to your problem. It seems to me that some setting has been changed, or there is a failed component in your TV's audio system.

I've never owned a Panasonic display. What sort of base were you getting before it stopped?
post #9166 of 9713
It sounded pretty normal before. Though just briefly I did set something behind where the speakers are in the back. It's possible that did it, but I highly doubt it. I called Panasonic and they had me reset the whole thing, and the problem is still happening. I only bought the set 6 months ago, and so I'm having someone come out to take a look at it NEXT Monday (wish it could be sooner). But this really does bother me, because I paid $1000+ for this TV.
post #9167 of 9713
Update: I just watched a program, and the audio returned to normal for a few seconds (the bass came back), but then it dropped out again. Maybe it's just a loose wire.
post #9168 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Update: I just watched a program, and the audio returned to normal for a few seconds (the bass came back), but then it dropped out again. Maybe it's just a loose wire.

FWIW, have you tried a different input source to make sure it's the actual TV, not an input signal issue?
post #9169 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Update: I just watched a program, and the audio returned to normal for a few seconds (the bass came back), but then it dropped out again. Maybe it's just a loose wire.
Your tv has a subwoofer. It is in the upper right hand corner if you are facing the front of the tv. That is where I would focus.
post #9170 of 9713
Yes it happens on all inputs and that's interesting about the subwoofer. I think I can see where it is. Is it behind a square vent? Though I don't really feel comfortable trying to repair it myself or the warranty will be voided.
post #9171 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Yes it happens on all inputs and that's interesting about the subwoofer. I think I can see where it is. Is it behind a square vent? Though I don't really feel comfortable trying to repair it myself or the warranty will be voided.

I'd call Panasonic and see what they say. Might send a tech out to fix the problem.
post #9172 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Yes it happens on all inputs and that's interesting about the subwoofer. I think I can see where it is. Is it behind a square vent?
Yes
post #9173 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Your tv has a subwoofer. It is in the upper right hand corner if you are facing the front of the tv. That is where I would focus.
Okay, but do you think it's a loose wire, and it would be easy to repair? I don't really know how this works, or if it even uses wires. All I know is that I've looked all over the internet for this problem and couldn't find anything on it. Do you think it's just a wire or something or do you think it will need a new board?
post #9174 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Okay, but do you think it's a loose wire, and it would be easy to repair? I don't really know how this works, or if it even uses wires. All I know is that I've looked all over the internet for this problem and couldn't find anything on it. Do you think it's just a wire or something or do you think it will need a new board?
Nothing more than my best guess would be a loose wire on the subwoofer. Have you called Panasonic?
post #9175 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Your tv has a subwoofer. It is in the upper right hand corner if you are facing the front of the tv. That is where I would focus.
Okay, but do you think it's a loose wire, and it would be easy to repair? I don't really know how this works, or if it even uses wires. All I know is that I've looked all over the internet for this problem and couldn't find anything on it. Do you think it's just a wire or something or do you think it will need a new board?
Your best choice is to have Panasonic repair your set. If you were out of warranty, and good with electronics then it might be something you could do yourself.
post #9176 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Your tv has a subwoofer. It is in the upper right hand corner if you are facing the front of the tv. That is where I would focus.
Looking more closely, I think I can see it. But it isn't really in the upper right hand corner, it's more in the middle on the right side. I can see a black circle which sure looks a lot like a speaker, but it is not currently producing any sound. I just talked to the guy who will be working on my set, and he didn't seem to understand. He thinks the only problem could be the main board. I can't see how it's connected. Does it have wires or what?
post #9177 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Looking more closely, I think I can see it. But it isn't really in the upper right hand corner, it's more in the middle on the right side. I can see a black circle which sure looks a lot like a speaker, but it is not currently producing any sound. I just talked to the guy who will be working on my set, and he didn't seem to understand. He thinks the only problem could be the main board. I can't see how it's connected. Does it have wires or what?
Yes, it has wires. It is a speaker. Shine a flashlight on it. Is "the guy" a Panasonic tech? You said you were under warranty, didnt you?
post #9178 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Yes, it has wires. It is a speaker. Shine a flashlight on it. Is "the guy" a Panasonic tech? You said you were under warranty, didnt you?

I called Panasonic, and they set me up with this place. So I'm assuming he is.
post #9179 of 9713
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

I called Panasonic, and they set me up with this place. So I'm assuming he is.
If you are under warranty and Panasonic wants to replace all the circuit boards over a loose speaker wire then so be it. As long as it doesnt cost you anything.
post #9180 of 9713




I've searched this and other treads but couldn't find an exact situation so apologies if this is has been addressed already. I purchased a GT60 in early January 2013 and its a fantastic TV. I used slides to break in the screen, and it has been living up to its grt reputation. However, in the last few weeks I started to notice an area of 3 rows of evenly spaced dark blocks across the lower half of the screen. Not all the blocks are the same darkness. This is really noticeable when there are light images in the bottom like sand. I tried the screen wipes and the break in slides again but they don't help.

In terms of usage, the TV is on for about 4-6 hrs a day, 1hr in the morning for kid cartoons and the various throughout the day. I try to watch in various formats zoom, h-fill, etc to mix things up. However, one thing we usually leave on is the close captioning. So I think this issue is caused by that since its in that general area. What confuses me is that CC has constantly changing words so why the same pattern in the dark blocks? I would love to keep the tv since it doesn't have any other noticeable issues. Is there anything I can do to fix this? If not do you think I can get it fixed under warranty? If i do reach out to Panasonic, what are the right words to describe this irregularity?

Thanks.
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