Originally Posted by ChrisC47
Someone needs to create a FAQ for this unit. Just make a post and then come back and edit it as you get time. I'm on the verge of buying this TV, and I'm afraid that I won't be able to resist making such a FAQ myself Like I did for my previous TV.
So I'm hoping someone already did and I just missed it.
Hearing nothing, I guess it's my job.
So, in this post I will build a FAQ for this TV. Over time I will gather info and edit it into this post. To link directly to this post, use the "post #" link in the upper right corner.
Some questions right off the bat, after my first night of setup:Q: Recommended picture settings?
A: See most of this thread. People are constantly posting their settings. The one thing I will recommend here is that you immediately turn "Auto Motion Plus" OFF. This article explains why
.Q: How to do firmware upgrades?
A: Either connect the TV to your home network, or download the files to a USB thumb drive via the Samsung support site
. Go to Menu -> Support -> Software Update to display the Current Version (e.g. "001016") and to initiate an update via network or USB. Note that the firmware software is approximately 150 MB in size and can take 20-30 minutes to download due to Samsung bottleneck; it could also take just 1 minute!Q: What is the latest firmware version?
A: For the US, it's "001017", released 16-Aug-2012. For Europe, it's "001023". This is based only on posts to this forum, and corrections are welcome. No idea what it fixes.Q: Is the manual PDF online somewhere?
A: Samsung's support page for this TV
has a "User Manual" PDF, but it is NOT the same as the printed manual that comes with the TV, and is useless. If you're seeing a PDF with gigantic fonts and no images, that's the useless one. Where's the real manual?
Note that the TV has a built-in help system,accessed via Menu -> Support -> e-Manual.Q: Any zoom limitations?
A: I'm particularly sensitive to being able to zoom various signals to larger displayed sizes, but also maintaining the original aspect ratio (hence the "OAR" in my profile to the left). The first couple generations of TVs would zoom some signals (e.g. HDMI input) but not others (e.g. from the tuner). In 2012, most TVs will zoom just about everything any way you want. I've found that this Samsung model zooms everything EXCEPT HD signals coming in on an HDMI port; it has more limited zoom options on those inputs and in particular will not offer the "Zoom1" zoom mode that stretches in both directions. I would normally use that to zoom postage-stamped video up on the display.Q: How can I hook up a PC's VGA signal?
A: You can't. You need a VGA to HDMI converter, such as this $30 box from Monoprice
.Q: How do I display a signal strength indicator, for example while pointing my TV antenna?
A: Menu -> Support -> Self Diagnosis -> Signal Information . The "SNR" display is "signal to noise ratio" in dB or decibels, and higher means stronger/better signal. You need about 16 dB minimum for US ATSC (8VSB) signals. The display will stay up indefinitely, so you can go outside to aim the antenna while someone inside calls the results out to you.Q: The TV audibly "chirps" when changing the volume. Is there a way to turn that off?
A: Ha, it's not in the sound section where you'd expect it. Go to Menu -> System -> General (scroll to bottom) -> Sound Feedback. Hooray, I was afraid at first that I'd have to live with that nuisance forever (or return the TV).
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.Edited by ChrisC47 - 8/27/12 at 11:04am