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post #7711 of 12092
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Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post

Flipper,
I have totally lost the picture on my HLR5688 twice now and I strongly suspect it is reacting to my sub somehow. Even though my sub is about 4 to 5 feet away the picture has gone kaputz suspiciously right after sub tweaking (loud) both times. It started with a flicker then it did a kaleidoscope lke thing and then BAM! No picture. Samsung has replaced the digital board (first time -fixed) and the DMD( second time -fixed) but the PQ has suffered ever since the first repair. They are deciding whether or not to replace this set (AGAIN!). This set , when it works, is gorgeous, but it's not reliable . If I had it to do over again, I would purchase something else.

I powered off and disconnected my subwoofer and still have the issue. Other posts have mentioned about the cabling as far as keeping the power cables separate from the rest. The cabling is pretty organized but I will check it and move things around to see if there's any difference.
post #7712 of 12092
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by steve98 View Post

Hi All,

I have a HL-R5678W and a Denon AVR 3806. I like to hook my TV audio to the reciever which cable should I hook it up with HDMI, optical cable..etc?

THanks

You should use an optical cable.
post #7713 of 12092
Does any one knows, how many times you need to fix your TV during warranty period, to be able to get money back?
Samsung already fixed my 6768 2 times they replaced digital board and some thing else and now I'm placing 3d ticket for next problem: Front panel LED Indicators Power button and Remote control sensor stops responding.
Thanks in advance for info.
post #7714 of 12092
After reading from some others here that there is no video lag over the VGA input, I decided to pick up a component to VGA adapter (VD-Z3) for my Xbox.
http://www.vdigi.com/index.php?optio...d=67&Itemid=28
My initial impressions are very favorable. I see no loss in picture quality and I was easily able to size the picture to the screen. The advantage of this unit over some of the other component to VGA adapters is its excellent picture quality and it works with any component output device. If I ever pick up one of the newer game consoles it should work with any of those as well. I'm not a big gamer but my racing score improved immediately after installing the unit. I assume this was because I wasn't over steering due to video lag.
If you are playing video games on your HLR I recommend trying out one of these VGA adapters.
VDigi Electronics is located in Hong Kong and delivery was less than two weeks.

The X2VGA+ is another component to VGA adapter but it hasn't been available for the past month because a newer version is coming out in January. It also only works with the Xbox. http://www.x2vga.com/

The top of the line component to VGA converter appears to be the KD-CTCA3 from Key Digital. I thought the cost was a little prohibitive. http://www.keydigital.com/ProductDet...rol%20Adapters
post #7715 of 12092
isn't it just easier to get the xbox 360 vga cable? Also the Samsung won't take a 1080i signal over the vga input.
post #7716 of 12092
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

isn't it just easier to get the xbox 360 vga cable? Also the Samsung won't take a 1080i signal over the vga input.

This is for anyone that does not have an Xbox 360.
I'm feeding the VD-Z3 a 1080i signal from the Xbox and it looks great. I haven't tried 720P or 480P because 1080i over VGA looks as good as it did over component.

Edit: This is a correction to my last post regarding the VD-Z3 component to VGA converter. I was incorrect, when I said I was feeding the unit 1080i. My nephew had switched the Xbox output to 480P without my realizing it. When I tried 720P and 1080i inputs to the VD-Z3 I got the message on the screen Signal not supported. The VD-Z3 owners manual states that 1080i and 720P are supported but I haven't been able to get them to work.
post #7717 of 12092
So your're saying your set is accepting 1080i over the vga? My set won't accept 1080i but it will accept 1080P over the vga. My set also won't accept 540P over the HDMI input. I haven't tried 540P over the vga though, From looking at the specs of the VD-Z3 that is what must be going over the vga input when it transcodes the 1080i signal to vga.
post #7718 of 12092
Just purchased a Sammy 6178 from Magnolia. Looking for help in purchasing a compatible DVD and Surround Sound system. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
post #7719 of 12092
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Originally Posted by dpryke View Post

Thanks everyone for your advice. I have already done a quick calibration and that has helped with the RBE. I hoping with a few more tweeks and maybe a lot of alcohol, everything will look better.

Thanks again,

Dave


Can you share more details?
post #7720 of 12092
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by capnkidd View Post

Just purchased a Sammy 6178 from Magnolia. Looking for help in purchasing a compatible DVD and Surround Sound system. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

For DVD players, you might want to review POST #4 in this thread. Also, add the Sony NS3100ES to the list of players reviewed in POST #4.
post #7721 of 12092
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

So your're saying your set is accepting 1080i over the vga? My set won't accept 1080i but it will accept 1080P over the vga. My set also won't accept 540P over the HDMI input. I haven't tried 540P over the vga though, From looking at the specs of the VD-Z3 that is what must be going over the vga input when it transcodes the 1080i signal to vga.

Have you been able to send 1080p from VP30 to VGA?
post #7722 of 12092
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Originally Posted by pjr View Post

Have you been able to send 1080p from VP30 to VGA?

No. I had the same results as I did with the HD+.
post #7723 of 12092
Wish_i_had_hdtv, sorry I just checked in after being away. The tests only applied to the user menu, not the SM, but like others have found I guess adjusting the SM will make a difference.
post #7724 of 12092
Johnnyzcar, I'd say time's up. I would Google Samsung and see what pops up. These daze there is probably a blog or something with some inside info. I would also nicely "check the status" of your repair. If they say they haven't started, get a date. If they started and are working on it find out when it should be ready. If they are waiting for a part find out which part. Now you need to get really specific info from them to pass along to Samsung. You are definitely going in circles since as far as Samsung knows they have qualified people working on it right now. You know that might not be the case and you need to explain that. The letter and fax is good but I see it as more of a complaint than getting your set fixed right away. If someone at Samsung contacts you I'd say that is a step in the right direction, but I would jump in and get the answers. The other thing is your warranty is expiring that much sooner. I'd go to the repair shop in person and get an answer.
post #7725 of 12092
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Originally Posted by capnkidd View Post

Just purchased a Sammy 6178 from Magnolia. Looking for help in purchasing a compatible DVD and Surround Sound system. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

I would get a surround sound system that has an audio delay option. You will probably have lip sync issues when you watch HD and the audio delay will help correct the problem.
post #7726 of 12092
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Originally Posted by bcvp View Post

Johnnyzcar, I'd say time's up. I would Google Samsung and see what pops up. These daze there is probably a blog or something with some inside info. I would also nicely "check the status" of your repair. If they say they haven't started, get a date. If they started and are working on it find out when it should be ready. If they are waiting for a part find out which part. Now you need to get really specific info from them to pass along to Samsung. You are definitely going in circles since as far as Samsung knows they have qualified people working on it right now. You know that might not be the case and you need to explain that. The letter and fax is good but I see it as more of a complaint than getting your set fixed right away. If someone at Samsung contacts you I'd say that is a step in the right direction, but I would jump in and get the answers. The other thing is your warranty is expiring that much sooner. I'd go to the repair shop in person and get an answer.

I have been busy these last few weeks and couldn't dedicate much time for the stay on hold and then ask for a manager run around, but come Tuesday The Game is afoot. I am going to the repair shop with my service manual and will talk directly with the tech and get some staight answers. My patience has run thin and I have tried being nice and that doesn't seem to be working. The squeeky wheel gets the oil so Squeek Squeek here I come.
post #7727 of 12092
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Originally Posted by steve98 View Post

Any website sale cheap optical and HDMI cables?

Thanks

One of this forum's advertisers is Monoprice.com. I sincerely doubt you can find a better price than what they have and their shipping/customer service is great.
post #7728 of 12092
I bought two 3' HDMI cables from RAM. I'd compare prices and S/H from a few of them. Someone here found one at Radio Shack for about the same price.
post #7729 of 12092
This is a correction to my last post regarding the VD-Z3 component to VGA converter. I was incorrect, when I said I was feeding the unit 1080i. My nephew had switched the Xbox output to 480P without my realizing it. When I tried 720P and 1080i inputs to the VD-Z3 I got the message on the screen Signal not supported. The VD-Z3 owners manual states that 1080i and 720P are supported but I haven't been able to get them to work.
post #7730 of 12092
I am very happy to report that I successfully connected my PC to my Samsung HLR6168W via the VGA port and am running it at 1920X1080P.

I got a 6 foot VGA/Super VGA replacement monitor cable at Radio Shack for $19.99. It is item # 26-276.

My PC video card is an NVIDIA 6800GT-OC. I have the latest drivers installed. Going into the display property settings I went to AVANCED==> 6800GT====>SCREEN RESOLUTIONS AND REFRESH RATES======>ADVANCED TIMING

Once there I selected MODE AND TIMING =====> CUSTOM VALUES and selected in the drop down box:

861B (1920X1080 @59.94) - P

The tv accepted this resolution. Note: Initially as I played around with the various resolutions it would not accept it - it said MODE NOT SUPPORTED and reverted back to the initial setting (1024x768). I had to restart a couple times in safe mode wih VGA mode. After a couple of attempts it worked and still is.

In the PC's Display Properties I also set it to EXTRA LARGE FONTS in APPEARANCE and used a custom 150% larger than standard (144 dpi) dpi setting for the font sizes in ADVANCED.

Finally I used the TV's menu to go to PC Wide picture mode and made a slight adjustment to the screen size until it totally fills my screen with no black borders at all. I have ZERO overscan.

I am playing Battlefield 2 in all its glory at 1920X1080p with NO noticeable lag or freezes in frame rate. To do that I went to the shortcut for launching the game, copied it to my desktop and renamed it BF2 HDTV. I right clicked on it and altered the shortcut's properties Target Location to read as follows:

"C:\\Program Files\\EA GAMES\\Battlefield 2\\BF2.exe" +menu 1 +fullscreen 1 +szx 1920 +szy 1080

The above mod is for the "regular" BF2 game. For the BF2 Special Forces add-on pack the launch shortcut properties need to read exactly as:

"C:\\Program Files\\EA GAMES\\Battlefield 2\\BF2.exe" +menu 1 +fullscreen 1+szx 1920 +szy 1080 +modPath mods/xpack +ignoreAsserts 1

The intro video plays at this awesome resolution. In the game DO NOT change the video resolution setting in the video options menu - even though it may read different it will actually launch and play at the full 1920X1080p. You can change the lighting, texture settigns etc. just don't alter the resolution. I confirmed it is playing at these resolutiions by using the TV "info" selection and it shows 1920X1080 @ 60 Hz.

I'll take a few screen pics with my digital camera tomorrow.

The last thing I have to do is get rid of my Audigy 2Zs PC soundcard and replace it with a Turtle Beach Montego DDL - Dolby Digital Live sound card. Either that or I'll wait one month and get BlueGear's XPlosion soundcard which will have BOTH real time dolby digital encoding output AND real time DTS encoding output. These cards output any sound source in 5.1 Dolby Digital (or also tyhe option of DTS in the case of the XPlosion) in real time. Like most A/V recievers, my Yamaha RXV1300 receiver does not recognize the coaxiaL 5.1 sound output of the soundcard because the ame is not dolby digital. This is even though I have the soundcard connected to the A/V receiver with a coaxial cable. The receiver recognizes the outgoing signal only as a 2 channel stereo signal and I use Pro Logic II for the moment. With the Montego or the Xplosion the A/V receiver will have receive the "native full 5.1 dolby digital sound (or DTS) sound field.

I have NO plans to buy an Xbox 360. Why would I want to when there are much better PC games that one can use a keyboard and mouse with? I use a wired keyboard and a Logitech G7 cordless mouse.

The only negative is the wife is now complaining I am hogging up the TV for the gaming.
post #7731 of 12092
Thank you for the tip!
post #7732 of 12092
Hello everyone this is my first post so be nice.

My HLR5668w was delivered today and so far I'm a happy camper. I do see a bit of pincushion when viewing 4:3 however it's not a big deal to me. DVD's and OTA HD look so much better than my old 720p Samsung DLP. So now I want to try using my video scaler (DVDO iScan HD+) and output via the VGA connector to the 5668 at 1080p if possible. Thing is I will need a long 20 foot or so vga cable to get from my computer to the scaler. Do I need to purchase a vga monitor cable or do I require a special VGA cable? Thanks for any help.
post #7733 of 12092
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I tried it with the Iscan HD+ and couldn't get it to work and I tried it the other day with the VP30 and didn't get it to worlk. I don't know what specific settings need to be changed to make it work. I just know 1080P from the PC looks great with WMV-HD clips.

I have my 5668 working well with a cheap scaler (AV Tool ImagePro HD). I input the scaler from my satellite box (set to 720p output)via s-video and output from the scaler via component video to the 5668. My HDTV reports th display as being 1080 at 60hz and looks great. I have a DVDO iScan HD+ on order and plan to use it to output 1080p via VGA.
post #7734 of 12092
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Originally Posted by Robert D View Post

I have my 5668 working well with a cheap scaler (AV Tool ImagePro HD). I input the scaler from my satellite box (set to 720p output)via s-video and output from the scaler via component video to the 5668. My HDTV reports th display as being 1080 at 60hz and looks great. I have a DVDO iScan HD+ on order and plan to use it to output 1080p via VGA.

I have not heard any reports that you can use the DVDO into the VGA input on the TV. I have one and tried it and couldn't get it to work. Several others have as well. If you try and figure it out, let us all know.
post #7735 of 12092
Thanks for the link on monoprice on cables purchase. I have a question on the optical cables there so many selection (6FT Optical Toslink 5.0mm CableMini to Mini M/M OD:5.0mm, Molded Type - 6ft [M3], Toslink to Toslink M/M OD:5.0mm, Assembly Type, Metallic Body - 6ft, and Mini to Mini M/M OD:5.0mm, Assembly Type, Metallic Body - 6ft (M3).

So which type should I purchase for my HL-R5678W, price don't really matter for my purchase but don't want to pay extra for no performance difference.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...d=10229&style=

Thanks
post #7736 of 12092
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Originally Posted by m4carbine View Post

I am very happy to report that I successfully connected my PC to my Samsung HLR6168W via the VGA port and am running it at 1920X1080P.

I got a 6 foot VGA/Super VGA replacement monitor cable at Radio Shack for $19.99. It is item # 26-276.

My PC video card is an NVIDIA 6800GT-OC. I have the latest drivers installed. Going into the display property settings I went to AVANCED==> 6800GT====>SCREEN RESOLUTIONS AND REFRESH RATES======>ADVANCED TIMING

Once there I selected MODE AND TIMING =====> CUSTOM VALUES and selected in the drop down box:

861B (1920X1080 @59.94) - P

The tv accepted this resolution. Note: Initially as I played around with the various resolutions it would not accept it - it said MODE NOT SUPPORTED and reverted back to the initial setting (1024x768). I had to restart a couple times in safe mode wih VGA mode. After a couple of attempts it worked and still is.

In the PC's Display Properties I also set it to EXTRA LARGE FONTS in APPEARANCE and used a custom 150% larger than standard (144 dpi) dpi setting for the font sizes in ADVANCED.

Finally I used the TV's menu to go to PC Wide picture mode and made a slight adjustment to the screen size until it totally fills my screen with no black borders at all. I have ZERO overscan.

I am playing Battlefield 2 in all its glory at 1920X1080p with NO noticeable lag or freezes in frame rate. To do that I went to the shortcut for launching the game, copied it to my desktop and renamed it BF2 HDTV. I right clicked on it and altered the shortcut's properties Target Location to read as follows:

"C:\\Program Files\\EA GAMES\\Battlefield 2\\BF2.exe" +menu 1 +fullscreen 1 +szx 1920 +szy 1080

The intro video plays at this awesome resolution. In the game DO NOT change the video resolution setting in the video menu - even though it may read different it will actually launch and play at the full 1920X1080p. I confirmed it is playing at these resolutiions by using the TV "info" selection and it shows 1920X1080 @ 60 Hz.

I'll take a few screen pics with my digital camera tomorrow.

The last thing I have to do is get rid of my Audigy 2Zs PC soundcard and replace it with a Turtle Beach Montego DDL - Dolby Digital Live sound card. Either that or I'll wait one month and get BlueGrear's XPlosion soundcard which will have BOTH real time dolby digital encoding output AND real time DTS encoding output. These cards output any sound source in 5.1 Dolby Digital (or also tyhe option of DTS in the case of the XPlosion) in real time. Like most A/V recievers, my Yamaha RXV1300 receiver does not recognize the coaxiaL 5.1 sound output of the soundcard because the ame is not dolby digital. This is even though I have the soundcard connected to the A/V receiver with a coaxial cable. The receiver recognizes the outgoing signal only as a 2 channel stereo signal and I use Pro Logic II for the moment. With the Montego or the Xplosion the A/V receiver will have receive the "native full 5.1 dolby digital sound (or DTS) sound field.

I have NO plans to buy an Xbox 360. Why would I want to when there are much better PC games that one can use a keyboard and mouse with? I use a wired keyboard and a Logitech G7 cordless mouse.

The only negative is the wife is now complaining I am hogging up the TV for the gaming.

Keep in mind that if you use the Samsung controls to eliminate overscan you are no longer getting 1:1 pixel mapping... Maximize the screen size on the TV and watch everything get CONSIDERABLY sharper... It is best to have overscan adjusted on the PC end of things..
post #7737 of 12092
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Originally Posted by skeeteroplagus View Post

Keep in mind that if you use the Samsung controls to eliminate overscan you are no longer getting 1:1 pixel mapping... Maximize the screen size on the TV and watch everything get CONSIDERABLY sharper... It is best to have overscan adjusted on the PC end of things..


I am new to the HTPC thing. How do I adjust overscan on the PC side?
post #7738 of 12092
For those of you with 1080P sets that are in areas where you are getting good over-the-air HD reception and you also have a separate HD tuner, how does your set's tuner stack up against the separate tuner, in terms of getting in HD stations?

I will be getting a set soon, and don't plan on using cable or satelite, just OTA and DVD's.

Any comments will be appreciated.....Thanks!
post #7739 of 12092
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Originally Posted by BIGAL2020 View Post

For those of you with 1080P sets that are in areas where you are getting good over-the-air HD reception and you also have a separate HD tuner, how does your set's tuner stack up against the separate tuner, in terms of getting in HD stations?

I will be getting a set soon, and don't plan on using cable or satelite, just OTA and DVD's.

Any comments will be appreciated.....Thanks!

I can see OTA with the D* receiver and the internal tuner in the Samsung set. I don't see any difference. I do prefer OTA compared to the D* satellite picture.
post #7740 of 12092
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Originally Posted by BIGAL2020 View Post

For those of you with 1080P sets that are in areas where you are getting good over-the-air HD reception and you also have a separate HD tuner, how does your set's tuner stack up against the separate tuner, in terms of getting in HD stations?

I have a Sony DHG-HDD HD DVR hooked up to the TV via Component. I feel that the TV's tuner is slightly better. The colors seem a little better, there are few less jaggies and other digital artifacts. The problem with a large screen high def TV, is that it makes the crappy job of encoding done for a lot of the programs that much more obvious. There is much more to digital video/broadcasts than resolution.
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