Originally Posted by Argster
I'm looking for some input from folks, I think my 60ST50 is developing something wrong (pics attached as well). Should I call panasonic for a Tech visit?
Quick panel history: Bought 05/22/2012 from amazon, received on 05/29/2012. Immediately loaded D-Nice's panel prep slides and ran them for 100 hours straight. Screen uniformity was pretty much perfect on all slide colors.
I Put in his recommended after prep settings in Custom mode, and did nothing but watch full screen TV and movies for the first 250 hours. Picture was great. I never noticed any IR from the menus or anything, and I was looking for it.
after about 250hrs, I played some Uncharted 3 on the PS3 for many days. There is really no HUD onscreen much in this game so it was fine, no problems occurred as far as IR.
I estimate I had over 400hrs on the panel before I started playing Halo 4 in December. I'd play at night for 2-3 hours sometimes, probably 5 days per week (in between regular program watching). Sometimes on weekend nights too. After gaming, i always just let the tv run on a HD cable channel until it auto timed off after 3 hours. Every few days I'd run the anti_IR screen wipe. I never noticed any IR from the game HUD the first few weeks, so I didn't think there was any problem with gaming, as several others mention.
Then about 2 1/2 weeks ago, I noticed the top shield bar HUD while watching a regular TV show. I was like, hmm, what's this all of a sudden? that part of the HUD is actually only on the screen about 1/2 the time because of waitng for matches in between actual play.
So, the past couple of weeks I've been running just full screen content every day, both cable broadcast and blu-ray movies in zoom so I don't get logos or black bars, to see if it will help remove the section of IR I noticed from Halo. It hasn't really helped at all. I also ran the Disney WoW disc pixel flipper overnight on 3 separate days and it didn't really do anything that I could see to help either.
I tried many hours of an all black screen as was mentioned previously in this thread that worked for someone (I ran it 18 hours straight), didn't do anything to help. I also tried 36 hours of an all white screen as I've read that might work too, not much help. Not sure if I am supposed to do all white for longer, like 48-72 hours per articles I've read, so I haven't tried that yet. At this point it's looking like bun in as far as I can tell, if it's not, it's taking way too much time to fade.
But, now I'm seeing some wierd splotchy, smeary, rain-stain looking type of thing developing with the screen on the left and right sides. Not sure exactly how to describe it so I took a few pictures. It's more noticeable in person, but you can definitely get the idea from these pictures. Sometimes I can see this on regular content with light backgrounds.
I took photos on a white screen, but it can be seen on almost all colors. First Pic shows the screen on Feb. 9th, you can see the HUD IR at the tope center, but no splotchyness elswhere. All other pics taken last night.
Is this normal panel uniformity for one with 800 or so hours on it?
I had a 55st60 that was replaced by Panasonic canada because of vertical bars, but I also had very bad IR even though it had 1500 hours on it. It took 6 weeks to get rid of my BELL IR from my built in guide without using the guide ever again. If I used the tv menu for a few moments, the IR would remain for an hour. My case may have been extreme, but I have also read many similar stories.
It will take time to erase your hud. How long? Could be weeks if you don't play your game, much longer if you do. I also tried all those things you mentioned. You just have to be patient, only time seemed to help. I really thought mine was a burn in but it did eventually disappear. I do understand your frustration.
From my experience, and what I have read, the ST models have more IR issues than others, but vary greatly in severity. Mine was a monster.
I now have a new 60ut50 with absolutely no IR from day one.