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post #841 of 1199
Could anyone confirm the proper switch location for these two slide switches (see attached photo) located on the rht side looking from the back?

I think they may have changed while handling & would like to verify the location before I apply power.

Thanks!
LL
post #842 of 1199
Hi Captain & Crew!

May I ask. HOW do you unhook the VSM?

Thanks in advance!

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unhooked the VSM to not have to turn down the sharpness to 0 all the time.
post #843 of 1199
Page 3 shows the wire to pull...
http://home.austin.rr.com/doctorjoe/f38310.pdf
post #844 of 1199
This is a long shot, but is there anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who would like a free one of these? Ours finally went into the clicking failure last week. We really loved this TV -- best picture -- but decided to replace it with a flat panel rather than spend the money to repair it.

If you'd like to try to repair it or use it for parts, it's yours. All you have to do is come pick it up -- figuratively and literally! As you know, it's a behemoth! Send me a private message if you're interested.
post #845 of 1199
F38310YX5...purchased in 2001. TV has been trouble free for seven years but picture is now beginning to dim. I will be calling a trash company to come and pick it up as I will be upgrading to a new LCD TV. If anyone is interested in taking this, please send me a PM. The TV has the original matching stand. I live in East Bridgewater, Ma. in southeastern Massachusetts. No charge.
post #846 of 1199
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Originally Posted by Benji2 View Post

F38310YX5...purchased in 2001. TV has been trouble free for seven years but picture is now beginning to dim. I will be calling a trash company to come and pick it up as I will be upgrading to a new LCD TV. If anyone is interested in taking this, please send me a PM. The TV has the original matching stand. I live in East Bridgewater, Ma. in southeastern Massachusetts. No charge.

As a F38310 owner i have to ask why an LCD and not a plasma?
post #847 of 1199
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Originally Posted by jwheeler View Post

As a F38310 owner i have to ask why an LCD and not a plasma?

I've viewed them side by side in several TV stores and I like the LCDs more. Also plasmas are susceptible to screen burn and LCDs aren't. I guess you could say it's a personal preference.
post #848 of 1199
I just moved my Dads F38310 to my house over the weekend. He purchased it in Feb of 2002 and has not had one problem with the set, 52,000 on the odometer. He recieved a Panasonic 50" plasma through a work promotion. Even still, he was reluctant to let the F38310 go. It sat for months in the same room as the new Panny, and he would compare the two. The F38310 still held its own. I never understood why he cherished this 38" TV and was not impressed by my now 4 year old RCA DLP 50". Now I do!! My Dlp's color wheel went out, so he let me "borrow" the F38310 while looking for a buyer for it. I replaced the DLP's color wheel tonight, but don't think I can move it back in the living room where the F38310 is. This set blows my DLP's picture out of the water. I always knew it had a "great" picture, but his viewing distance was way too far. Couch and recliner were 10-15 feet back. Now in my living room at about 8 feet, I have come to truely appreciate the quality of this Behemoth! If the component dongle for my HTPC, which should arrive tomorrow, gives me the output quality I am seeking I may have to convince him to let this "Classic" stay put at my house as it's final resting place!
post #849 of 1199
Hooked up the HTPC to my F38310 with the component dongle and it looks Great! However on the left side of the screen the desktop is skewed down so that there is is about a 1/4" gray bar visible in the top left corner, and the desktop goes about 1/4" out of view in the bottom left corner. The right side is just perfect.
The Nvidia control panel only lets you adjust the whole screen horizontally or vertically, not just one side.
Should this be fixed using the Service Menu settings of the TV?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
post #850 of 1199
Gullzway, I have the same 1cm gray bar down the left side since I upgraded to the newest nvidia drivers a few weeks ago. Haven't been able to get rid of it, so if you figure it out let me know - post again. I dont lose anything in the bottom left corner tho. I don't get it from my hddvd player either and that's on the same input (switched thru my receiver) so in my case I dont want to adjust anything on the tv itself or that would mess up playing discs.

For me, it looks great playing movies from the pc tho... but it's not clear enough to read text easily (at 1920x1080). Was kinda disappointed actually.
post #851 of 1199
Does resizing the desktop in the Nvidia control panel not work for you?

I was able to correct my issue using the TILT adjustment in the TV menu. But it only happens on the Component Input, so when I switch to the OTA tuner I have to readjust the tilt back to normal. I think I'm running the resolution closer to 1020 x 720, the 1080i didn't look as good and text was harder to read.

I will have to search more to see if this tilting issue on the component input can be fixed in the TV service menu.
post #852 of 1199
Resizing desktop works, and yeah at 1280x720 text is much more readable on the tv. I'm just disappointed it isn't readable at 1920x1080.

I don't think the grey bar is a problem with the tv tho, it's a problem with the video drivers for sure, because with my old drivers, I didn't have the bar - instead the desktop was too big to fit on the tv screen (cut off around all edges like it was zoomed in, couldn't see taskbar etc). Unfortunately in my case, even if the TV would allow adjusting just for the componenent input to compensate for the grey bar on the left, I'd still have to re-adjust when I switch to my hddvd player cuz that's also on the component input. I've written email to nvidia about this problem but still don't have a solution. I don't think fixing problems with component output is their top priority these days, most people using hdmi. I wish my receiver would convert hdmi to component, but I guess that's against the rules.
post #853 of 1199
My F38310 has been trouble-free since I purchased it in May 2001. It still displays a gorgeous HD picture. However, I'll be moving out of state soon and don't want to lug this 200 lb. monster with me, so I've decided to sell it and buy a plasma at my new home. Any idea what it's worth?
post #854 of 1199
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Originally Posted by katyh View Post

This is a long shot, but is there anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who would like a free one of these? All you have to do is come pick it up -- .

I'll take it. I live nearby, too!
I;ve sent you a P.M. with my info. :-)

Thanks in advance!

-charles
post #855 of 1199
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Originally Posted by McGlentosh View Post

Any idea what it's worth?

I bought mine from craiglist for $300 a year ago. Probably worth a little less today tho considering the price of flatpanels has come down quite a bit. If I were you I'd try listing it for $275 obo.
post #856 of 1199
I have an F38310 that gave up the ghost about a year ago. Currently sitting in my garage -- I've tried powering it up, but it attempts to light the CRT for about a second, then shuts down again. It continues this "clicking" cycle every 3-5sec.

Anyone have an idea what this problem is? I've opened the back and inspected the boards, etc. -- no obvious problems to be found.
post #857 of 1199
Anyone in Chicago interested in a broken one of these? The fan comes on, no picture. Sounds like a lot of you know how to fix this. It's yours if you come get it. I'm in Hyde Park.
post #858 of 1199
Has anyone heard of the HDfury2? I came across the weblink today on AVSforum. It sounds almost too good to be true. My F38310 is still working great (knock on wood) after 6 years. Here is the link: http://www.curtpalme.com/HDFury2.shtm
post #859 of 1199
Yep...
Between the discussions on the forum and the info in the link provided, you should have the info you need.
post #860 of 1199
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Originally Posted by radicon View Post

Has anyone heard of the HDfury2? I came across the weblink today on AVSforum. It sounds almost too good to be true. My F38310 is still working great (knock on wood) after 6 years. Here is the link: http://www.curtpalme.com/HDFury2.shtm

Does that seem a little expensive or is it just me? For $250 you could be close to a decent HTPC that does so much more, and is still useful when the ole' F38130 finally dies. I've been playing Blu-ray and HD rips back on the RCA lately and it looks amazing, my PC is pretty outdated with an AMD 3500 single core and it plays 720p or 1080i flawlessly.
post #861 of 1199
Thanks Ratman. I agree that the HDfury2 is a little pricey. Nice concept though.
post #862 of 1199
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Originally Posted by radicon View Post

Has anyone heard of the HDfury2? I came across the weblink today on AVSforum. It sounds almost too good to be true. My F38310 is still working great (knock on wood) after 6 years. Here is the link: http://www.curtpalme.com/HDFury2.shtm

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Originally Posted by radicon View Post

Thanks Ratman. I agree that the HDfury2 is a little pricey. Nice concept though.

It'll be even more pricey once somebody in the Hollywood industry sues them and it becomes illegal.
Not that I think it should be illegal, only that I think it will be (unless a new Congress gives the citizens our Fair Use rights back).
post #863 of 1199
Hello everyone. Hello to Ratman (I remember writing to you about 5 years ago). I bought this tv a little over 7 years ago. I was just watching an HD program when I noticed that there was a green stripe across the screen which travels upward and then shows up again on the bottom of the screen. When I tried a menu with a black background I noticed dull lines that were also travelling from the bottom to the top. Just a portion of the picture looks discolored. Anyone have this problem before? I am very depressed right now at the thought of getting rid of this tv.
post #864 of 1199
50k+ here and still going strong.
post #865 of 1199
Bought mine in Sept '02 at CC for closeout price of $1200 with stand, bought a 50" Sammy plasma last year, gave the RCA to my daughter and her husband and it's still going strong and they watch it every day. Never had even a hint of a problem with this set.
post #866 of 1199
My 38310 is still running strong. Last week I posted that I started seeing a line across the screen. It turned out to be a bad component wire. Bought a new one and all is better. it lives on!!
post #867 of 1199
After 6 years, it's time ( according to my wife ) to move on from our F38310.

Free to good home if you are an F38310 lover. Otherwise I'm going to list it for a couple hundred OBO on Craigslist.

Cedar Park, TX
post #868 of 1199
So are you going with a pioneer or an elite? this HD CRT is one of the best and i cant see anything other then the pioneer to be anywhere near close to it in terms of PQ

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Originally Posted by chrpai View Post

After 6 years, it's time ( according to my wife ) to move on from our F38310.

Free to good home if you are an F38310 lover. Otherwise I'm going to list it for a couple hundred OBO on Craigslist.

Cedar Park, TX
post #869 of 1199
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Originally Posted by gus738 View Post

So are you going with a pioneer or an elite? this HD CRT is one of the best and i cant see anything other then the pioneer to be anywhere near close to it in terms of PQ


Sorry Gus, the Panasonic TH-50PZ85U that I purchased for my bedroom blowes my F38310 out of the water. Just waiting a bit and will replace the RCA with the TH-58PZ800U. I agree it has a great picture but IMO the plasmas, especially the upper end Panny's and of course that Pioneers have it beat.
post #870 of 1199
How do we check out the time our unit has run for? Odometer?
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