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Originally Posted by ursa99 View Post

I was interested whether or not I could play movies directly from a hard drive thru one of the Vizios USB ports. As stated earlier by another poster, you can. What I found out that really surprised me was the number or formats it would play seamlessly. I found that .mp4, .wmv, .mpg AND .m2ts. For those who may not know, .mt2s is the Blu Ray standard file which is kind of a big deal. Load up your hard drive with .mt2s files and you have a ready library of Blu Ray movies for viewing. Playback was smooth as silk.
Ursa
Wow I will have to try this. So regular external hard drive just connect via USB and good to go? Nice.
post #3242 of 8756
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Originally Posted by jayissuperman View Post

Wow I will have to try this. So regular external hard drive just connect via USB and good to go? Nice.
Connect via USB. Wait a few seconds as it reads the disk and it will ask if you want to use that disk. Press yes and have fun. You can also add .ts and .avi files to the list of files it will play. Another way to get to the disk is to press the V button and select "Media' from the apps.. Have fun...
Ursa
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Originally Posted by ursa99 View Post

Connect via USB. Wait a few seconds as it reads the disk and it will ask if you want to use that disk. Press yes and have fun. You can also add .ts and .avi files to the list of files it will play. Another way to get to the disk is to press the V button and select "Media' from the apps.. Have fun...
Ursa

So could I just get a massive, external hard drive and load up my entire Blu/Ray library and have a very simple media server? That would be VERY cool! It sounds crazy, but nothing annoys me more than having to load one DVD at a time. I just want to have my entire collection accessible very easily, without breaking the bank.

John
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Originally Posted by Enigma869 View Post

So could I just get a massive, external hard drive and load up my entire Blu/Ray library and have a very simple media server? That would be VERY cool! It sounds crazy, but nothing annoys me more than having to load one DVD at a time. I just want to have my entire collection accessible very easily, without breaking the bank.

John

Heck, why even mess with an external hard drive? Just load your library onto your computer and stream it from there.
post #3245 of 8756
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Originally Posted by venus933 View Post

Heck, why even mess with an external hard drive? Just load your library onto your computer and stream it from there.
That's what I do. But, I just use my laptop(750GGB hard drive+Blue ray disk player). And, I can surf the net using my wireless keyboard and mouse.
.MKV is the most common file extension for 3D video's, and the set won't play those natively. The laptop, with VideoLan player(free), plays everything!!!!
And, my 17" screen laptop has a very small foot print(it's flat with the lid closed-connected via HDMI). You only need to open the lid to turn it on and log in-then close the lid.
These TV's give you so many options..and, the PQ, passive 3D, and price-make it a winner.
post #3246 of 8756
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Originally Posted by hauz20 View Post

Sorry to reiterate one of my previous questions, but I'm looking verrrryyy hard at this being my next TV. I'm talking about the 60" to be clear.

That said, can you still get around smoothing in 3D playback by putting the TV in Game mode? I might have misread, but it seemed a recent firmware update may have changed this. This really seems to be my last hangup for declaring the Vizio M60 a winner in my book. I hate any inkling of soap opera effect. Thanks!

Sorry, Haus20. I was completely wrong. Putting the video in game mode drops the motion smoothing. :-) Sorry about that!
post #3247 of 8756
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Originally Posted by cash70 View Post

Finally got my 70" calibrated. Have not noticed any issues yet. Really happy so far with the purchase. Our family/play room...work in progress. You calibrated it yourself or had a pro do it?







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Need help with some questions folks

1. I have a 65" with the highly reflective screen. My family room is very bright as we have several large windows to the left of the TV and have windows on the wall opposite to the TV as well. In the evening the recessed lighting along the roof is reflected off of the making it annoying. The light fixture hanging in the eating area, also opposite to the TV figures very prominently in every show that we watch. My question is how much better is the 70" semi-matte finish? Is it worth going for the 70 to reduce the glare?

2. I have noticed that when the TV displays content that has two black bars on the sides(lower resolution content), there are two dark bands at the bottom of the screen on the are that is displaying content. I hope I am able to convey the problem. This happens only when there are these black bars on the sides for the lower resolution content and go away when the content is higher resolution and fills the screen. Is anybody else noticing these dark bands at the bottom of the screen?
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Originally Posted by siddiqsa View Post

Need help with some questions folks

1. I have a 65" with the highly reflective screen. My family room is very bright as we have several large windows to the left of the TV and have windows on the wall opposite to the TV as well. In the evening the recessed lighting along the roof is reflected off of the making it annoying. The light fixture hanging in the eating area, also opposite to the TV figures very prominently in every show that we watch. My question is how much better is the 70" semi-matte finish? Is it worth going for the 70 to reduce the glare?

2. I have noticed that when the TV displays content that has two black bars on the sides(lower resolution content), there are two dark bands at the bottom of the screen on the are that is displaying content. I hope I am able to convey the problem. This happens only when there are these black bars on the sides for the lower resolution content and go away when the content is higher resolution and fills the screen. Is anybody else noticing these dark bands at the bottom of the screen?
1) If you check the pics in this thread you should see some of two TVs hanging on a red wall. One is a 65" and the other is the 70". Those are the only pics I could find comparing them. I had the 65" and traded in for the 70" due to some banding issues and the 70" is definitely less reflective. It also has none of the banding issues I had with the 65" and that others have also reported. In short, I think it was worth going from the 65" to the 70". I'm extremely happy I did. I thought about the 60" also but I couldn't do smaller after having the 65" for 3 weeks.

2) usually it's at the top of SD content. I want to say its normal with SD content but without seeing it I can't be 100%. If its working with other content I would assume you should be okay and it's just an SD thing.
Edited by frontierajl - 7/28/13 at 11:14pm
post #3250 of 8756
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Originally Posted by tjm77 View Post

Just got the M471i and love the set, but I am having what seems to be a serious problem with the remote response. As soon as I turn the set on, the TV responds to remote commands. However, within a few seconds, all response stops for 3 minutes. Volume, Menu, etc., nothing works. After that, everything is fine.

I've read about sluggish response, but that's not what I'm seeing...just no response for 3 minutes. The type of remote doesn't matter, I've used the VIzio, Harmony One, and Directv and have gotten the same results.

Anyone else have this problem?

I have firmware 1.06.5.1091.
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Originally Posted by robjulo View Post


2) When I first turn the TV on, it is basically unresponsive for about a minute. You cannot change the input, cannot change the volume, can't do anything. It's almost like it is doing other background activities - anyone else have a similar experience?
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Originally Posted by robjulo View Post

I am having the same issue with the M601D. Remote responds for a few seconds and is then unresponsive for about a minute. Cannot change the volume, cannot change the input, nothing. After about a minute, it works as normal.
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Originally Posted by robjulo View Post

Yes, brand new as of yesterday. Firmware is 1.05.1.

It is repeatable on my set. Turn if off, turn it back on and immediately hit volume. It works for about 3 seconds and then stops. About a minute later, it starts working again. I should add that sometimes, while doing it, the volume animation remains frozen, on the screen until it begins working again.


Same here. This on our second M401i-A3. Had to exchange the first one because of an extremely high pitched sound coming from the upper back right hand side of the tv when it was "off". Very audible from 5 to 6 feet away . I do not recall the first one having the delay with the remote as the second set has. Even my Harmony 880 and Direct Tv remote react the same way when the tv is first turned on, takes approx a minute or so before any of them become responsive, else wise the harmony 880 in my case works the best with the tv. The delay is kind of annoying.

Another thing I have noticed with the exchanged 40 and the replacement 40 we have was the picture not filling the whole screen vertically at the top, there was approx a 1/4 inch of the screen at the top which was not being filled. I had to go into the settings and adjust the vertical size to fill the screen at the top. This is with an H24-700 direct tv box using HDMI 1. I still need to check the other 2 HDMI ports with the D box and see if the issue arises on those 2 inputs.

On another note, and nobody at this time can probably really answer these questions but, when and if Vizio decides to activate the stock remote for WiFi how will that affect other remotes that we use for the tv. Will the tv be able to accept both WiFi and IR commands at the same time or will it be one or the other? If it is one or the other, then having something like a harmony would be a no go as it can not operate in WiFi mode. The reason I bring this up is a number of years ago when D first started to produce their own DVR's they could operate in IR mode or RF mode, but it was one or the other. The D RF capable remotes could do both IR and RF simultaneously so that one could still operate an IR tv, avr, dvd, etc, but the DVR would only accept RF commands if in RF mode or IR commands if in IR mode. I like to program all the remotes I have laying around, ie BluRay remote, TV, AVR etc as most are capable of controlling multiple devices because then I can pick up any remote to use. The problem is though that they all only operate in IR mode so none of them are able to control the Direct tv DVR when in RF mode. Hoping this will nit be the case with the WiFi upgrade.

And one last observation that someone else had mentioned with their 40 inch prior, there is no "Smooth Motion" setting in the advanced picture setting, so does that mean it is a true 120 panel or that "Smooth Motion" is always active with no way to turn it off to achieve 120hz??? This seems to differ with the larger sets 50, 60, 65, 70, & 80's but supposedly 240 hz.
Edited by andy A - 7/29/13 at 2:59pm
post #3251 of 8756
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Originally Posted by andy A View Post


Another thing I have noticed with the exchanged 40 and the replacement 40 we have was the picture not filling the whole screen vertically at the top, there was approx a 1/4 inch of the screen at the top which was not being filled. I had to go into the settings and adjust the vertical size to fill at the screen at the top. This is with an H24-700 direct tv box using HDMI 1. I still need to check the other 2 HDMI ports with the D box and see if the issue arises on those 2 inputs.

in picture settings you can adjust vertical size and vertical position. give that a try.
post #3252 of 8756
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Originally Posted by DeuxCV View Post

in picture settings you can adjust vertical size and vertical position. give that a try.

Did that, had to use vertical size as vertical and horizontial position are greyed out and it was just the top area of the screen. Just thought it was kind of interesting with 2 different sets but same models.
post #3253 of 8756
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Originally Posted by andy A View Post

Did that, had to use vertical size as vertical and horizontial position are greyed out and it was just the top area of the screen. Just thought it was kind of interesting with 2 different sets but same models.

hmmm... on mine the 2 vertical settings are adjustable and the 2 horizontal ones are greyed out.
post #3254 of 8756
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Originally Posted by DeuxCV View Post

hmmm... on mine the 2 vertical settings are adjustable and the 2 horizontal ones are greyed out.

Odd, for myself it would have been nice if vertical position was accessible, then I could have centered the picture first then adjusted its vertical size.
Edited by andy A - 7/29/13 at 12:39am
post #3255 of 8756
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Originally Posted by andy A View Post


Same here. This on our second M401i-A3. Had to exchange the first one because of an extremely high pitched sound coming from the upper back right hand side of the tv when it was "off". Very audible from 5 to 6 feet away and . I do not recall the first one having the delay with the remote as the second set has. Even my Harmony 880 and Direct Tv remote react the same way when the tv is first turned on, takes approx a minute or so before any of them become responsive, else wise the harmony 880 in my case works the best with the tv. The delay is kind of annoying.

I am also a Directv subscriber and the DirecTV remote does the same thing. Have you tested yours with the internet not enabled? That corrects the problem, as far as I can tell and I believe that is the source of the issue. When I tested it without internet (factory reset and then skipped the internet setup), there was no appreciable delay (there was a slight delay but only for 2-3 seconds). As soon as I plugged the ethernet cable in, it became unresponsive for about a minute (did not even restart the TV, just plugged the cable in).

I'd encourage you to call Vizio to make them aware of the problem so it can get resolved, hopefully via software. I called yesterday and the rep I spoke with hadn't heard of the issue but acknowledged the sets were very new.
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Originally Posted by robjulo View Post

I am also a Directv subscriber and the DirecTV remote does the same thing. Have you tested yours with the internet not enabled? That corrects the problem, as far as I can tell and I believe that is the source of the issue. When I tested it without internet (factory reset and then skipped the internet setup), there was no appreciable delay (there was a slight delay but only for 2-3 seconds). As soon as I plugged the ethernet cable in, it became unresponsive for about a minute (did not even restart the TV, just plugged the cable in).

I'd encourage you to call Vizio to make them aware of the problem so it can get resolved, hopefully via software. I called yesterday and the rep I spoke with hadn't heard of the issue but acknowledged the sets were very new.

Thanks for your input robjulo. No I have not tried without internet connection (wireless) but I will test it later today without it internet enabled and see what happens then report back. I wonder if the nic card is having a hard time pulling an ip address and in turn slowing the startup procedure.

If it persists I will definitely give Vizio a buzz. I still have the other 40 inch and am going to try the remote from it, but I need to be quick about it because I need to get it back to amazon asap. Also what firmware are you on. Our new 40 has yet to be updated to the 1.08 but the old one did have 1.08, not sure if that would make a difference though.
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Originally Posted by waylo88 View Post

How difficult was it to get them to give you a replacement? I ask because my remote functions correctly, but the Guide and Exit buttons on it are super crappy and almost feel like they're broken with how hard you have to mash them in order to get a response out of them.

Not sure what their policy is on functional but yet not perfect remotes, but it was easier than expected to replace my completely faulty remote. Before I started the online chat I had the problem typed up (similar to my post above) and I had also already done their troubleshooting tip (unplug the TV, take the batteries out of the remote, press every button on the remote) - twice - before contacting them. I even took the extra few seconds to verify that when the remote stopped working that it really wasn't sending out a signal, regardless of the fact that the backlight wasn't coming on as I pressed buttons which it does when working properly. The backlight coming on all by itself, though, with the remote sitting on the end table, was the clincher. Sometimes a bad remote really is a bad remote.
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I'm having a harder time getting use to the black level performance of my 55" then I thought I would. With smart dimming off, black levels are horrible; far worse then my dads 6 year old Samsung LCD and even worse then my 7 year DLP that this replaced. Yes, I can turn the backlighting down until the blacks look better but then it's to dark to enjoy the rest of the picture. So, for now, smart dimming off just isn't and option. Now, with smart dimming on, it looks great most of the time, until a dark scene with some light objects comes up, then it is a washed out mess. I was watching Prometheus and the scenes where they are exploring the tunnels just didn't look that good. I think part of the problem is that the dimming makes the black bars a nice inky black but, this becomes a point of reference for black and when things in a scene don't match that it just stands out bad.

It's just distracting to me and I didn't think it would be, but so far it has been. Problem is, I don't think I'm going to find anything else at this price that offers the features that the Vizio does. I'm thinking about turning auto backlighting on to medium or high (low is just to dark for my taste) for a few days and she if that helps. For the most part, I really like this TV, I just wish dark scene black levels were better.
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Originally Posted by havasuvideo View Post

That's what I do. But, I just use my laptop(750GGB hard drive+Blue ray disk player). And, I can surf the net using my wireless keyboard and mouse.
.MKV is the most common file extension for 3D video's, and the set won't play those natively. The laptop, with VideoLan player(free), plays everything!!!!
And, my 17" screen laptop has a very small foot print(it's flat with the lid closed-connected via HDMI). You only need to open the lid to turn it on and log in-then close the lid.
These TV's give you so many options..and, the PQ, passive 3D, and price-make it a winner.

If I'm not mistaken, your computer is wired to the TV, right? My main computer is in another room, so I'm trying to figure out how to do this wirelessly, but have been unsuccessful so far. I have a laptop as well, but it has no HDMI out.
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Originally Posted by DoctorVideo View Post

If I'm not mistaken, your computer is wired to the TV, right? My main computer is in another room, so I'm trying to figure out how to do this wirelessly, but have been unsuccessful so far. I have a laptop as well, but it has no HDMI out.
My laptop is "wired" to the TV, so to speak. I use it for other things-but also as the "media center". It's so portable-it takes just a few seconds to plug in the HDMI cable. Also, I'm running Window 8-which seems to auto-identify everything, and works seamlessly. I only paid $500 for the laptop(after rebates), it was an HP something or other, but with a 17" screen.

I know of a couple of users on here that are using some sort of wireless interface to their main home computer. Hopefully they will chime in on how they did it.
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Originally Posted by DoctorVideo View Post

If I'm not mistaken, your computer is wired to the TV, right? My main computer is in another room, so I'm trying to figure out how to do this wirelessly, but have been unsuccessful so far. I have a laptop as well, but it has no HDMI out.

Just get a media center type program for your PC. XBMC works for me. You install XBMC, set up your movie/TV collection with it, then go into options and allow UPnP. After that, XBMC should show up as a server when you go to Multimedia on the TV.
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Curious if anyone has any experience with Google Chromecast on their M-Series yet. I ordered one, and it should be here in a couple of days.
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Originally Posted by Stuntdriver View Post

Just went with the Sewell sound Bar Brackets as they were $3 cheaper and look identical to the Bentley ones.

Nice. Try to post some pics once you get it all set up.
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VIZIO M321i-A2 32" 1080p 120Hz Razor LED help!



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Bought this TV for Gaming and HD movies. Have been happy with it so far. However am confused about the true specs of the TV. The info button (on screen) shows that 1080P is being received etc. But when I go into system information (TV menu) it shows the TV resolutions to be 720x480 and the refresh rate at 60hz. Vizio support does not answer resolution discrepancy question directly no matter how I ask it. This TV had all the box material labeled as 1080P 120 Hz and was purchased from Walmart. It does display full screen from Xbox and Play station as well as over the air HD and from bluray movies and the info screen shows 1080P. Can someone enlighten me as to what I really have?

Depending on source, I see full resolution in the System Info screen (1920x1080), however I've too noticed it always shows 60hz refresh. Also wondering whats up with that??
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Originally Posted by havasuvideo View Post

That's what I do. But, I just use my laptop(750GGB hard drive+Blue ray disk player). And, I can surf the net using my wireless keyboard and mouse.
.MKV is the most common file extension for 3D video's, and the set won't play those natively. The laptop, with VideoLan player(free), plays everything!!!!
And, my 17" screen laptop has a very small foot print(it's flat with the lid closed-connected via HDMI). You only need to open the lid to turn it on and log in-then close the lid.
These TV's give you so many options..and, the PQ, passive 3D, and price-make it a winner.
One thing I didn't care for during playback was what seemed to be soap opera effect and no way to turn it off. Otherwise you can use a hard drive or USB thumb drive. I also play movies directly from my PC but this is even easier. I used a 1.5TB "Seagate Freeagent disk, NTFS formatted and also tried a USB thumb drive and both worked well. The instructions say to use FAT32 format but that will limit you to 4GB file sizes. NTFS works just fine.
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Originally Posted by DaveMN View Post

Curious if anyone has any experience with Google Chromecast on their M-Series yet. I ordered one, and it should be here in a couple of days.

 

Limited. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it or sell it yet so I just wanted to verify if it could get power from the Vizio's HDMI input (As its supposed to if the Vizio's HDMI port is MHL compatible). It did not work, so you'll need to use the USB power adapter and plug that from the chromecast to the TV's USB port. I didn't do it yet.

 

So, either the Vizio's 1.4 compliant HDMI ports are NOT MHL compatible, or the Chromecast isn't (there is mixed info on that question).

 

I'll report more if I decide to keep the chromecast. Currently I have it for sale on Craigslist in hopes of getting cash for a Roku 3 in trade.

 

The Verge has a really good hands on review that speaks favorably of the capabilities, in particular the ability to cast a browser tab to the TV.

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Originally Posted by ursa99 View Post

One thing I didn't care for during playback was what seemed to be soap opera effect and no way to turn it off. Otherwise you can use a hard drive or USB thumb drive. I also play movies directly from my PC but this is even easier. I used a 1.5TB "Seagate Freeagent disk, NTFS formatted and also tried a USB thumb drive and both worked well. The instructions say to use FAT32 format but that will limit you to 4GB file sizes. NTFS works just fine.

I noticed the SOE as well when playing something via USB port. Switching to "Game" removes the motion stuff. As far as I can tell, that's currently the only solution.
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Originally Posted by vestaviascott View Post

you'll need to use the USB power adapter and plug that from the chromecast to the TV's USB port.

That doesn't bother me too much. I can live with another power cord. I'm more interested in the performance, usability, and picture quality.
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Anyone noticed a problem with Video ahead of Audio? I'm seeing this to varying degrees... sometimes its terribly distracting. The Lip Sync in the menu system only delays audio further, so thats no help.
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Originally Posted by DoctorVideo View Post

If I'm not mistaken, your computer is wired to the TV, right? My main computer is in another room, so I'm trying to figure out how to do this wirelessly, but have been unsuccessful so far. I have a laptop as well, but it has no HDMI out.

Yes, have to agree as far as chromecast goes. Seen some reviews on it and seems like it is a good alternative to hdmi to pc connection. Especially most of the platforms that are compatible with it.
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