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post #121 of 510
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Originally Posted by tmcconat View Post

thanks, should I purchase one of the universal remotes out on the market, do you think it would work, or would I have the same problem, The owners manual shows the functions available, but still some buttons don't work, I hate having 3 remotes, maybe I need to keep messing with it.

A universal/programmable remote's functions should be more complete. The harmony series is very popular.
post #122 of 510
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i have a toshiba 42hp95 and after 2 weeks it will not turn on. the red power led light blinks all the time. tried unpluging ,but no results. waiting on service guy to show up. has anyone else had this problem?

No, but let us know what the tech finds.
post #123 of 510
I think I may have found the problem. When I was moving wires around I unplugged the power cord then plugged back in and distortion stopped. It will come back periodically, and I wiggle the power cord at the plug in to the TV and it stops. Anyone ever ran into this?
post #124 of 510
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I think I may have found the problem. When I was moving wires around I unplugged the power cord then plugged back in and distortion stopped. It will come back periodically, and I wiggle the power cord at the plug in to the TV and it stops. Anyone ever ran into this?

From your description, it's possible that you're getting arcing in the a/c wall voltage from a bad power cord or the receptacle on the TV. The 42HP95 uses a standard detachable power cord, try another one and see if it stops. If not, it still may be just the receptacle, an easy-to-replace part.
post #125 of 510
Hi Guys,
First post on this forum...glad I found it.

I have been on the market for an HD set for a couple of months now, I went from looking at a Dell 37" LCD to LG 37" to 42", I was ready to settle on the LG 37" (37LP1D) mainly because of the features and inputs. Then, just the other day I was checking to see if the price for that set went up or down and found the Toshiba 42HP95 and I was amazed at the price ($2049 + 6 cent shipping) and the features. I wasn't really looking for a plasma set because of the burn-in issue but then I was told that the technology has gotten better. I as almost ready to buy the set since it was $500 cheaper done the LG and shipping is almost free.

Anyway, just as I was ready to commit to this set I found the Toshiba 42HPX95, has a couple more features and 2 HDMI's instead of 1 on the 42HP95 which I think will come in handy down the line. Price is a couple of hundreds more but i'm not sure if it's really worth it.

Has anyone here tried the two TV's and if so, will it be worth upgrading to the 42HPX95 or should I just buy the 42HP95? Also, for those whom might already own these two sets, what are some of the issue I should be aware of?
Thank you
post #126 of 510
Hi All,

I'm setting up our PC to output to my 42HP95 via a DVI-HDMI cable. (For reference I'm using the onboard nVidia 6150 on my MSI K8NGM2-FID motherboard with Windows MCE) With a resolution of 1280x720, all the edges of the screen look like they are cut off (is this because the TV is overscanning?). I've been playing around more with lower resolutions and nVidia driver settings to get this to work right. But, I was wondering if somebody has already figured out what the right settings should be?

Thanks.
post #127 of 510
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Originally Posted by asliu23 View Post

Hi All,

I'm setting up our PC to output to my 42HP95 via a DVI-HDMI cable. (For reference I'm using the onboard nVidia 6150 on my MSI K8NGM2-FID motherboard with Windows MCE) With a resolution of 1280x720, all the edges of the screen look like they are cut off (is this because the TV is overscanning?). I've been playing around more with lower resolutions and nVidia driver settings to get this to work right. But, I was wondering if somebody has already figured out what the right settings should be?

Thanks.

i connect my pc to the 42hp95 using the pc input. this input allows u to stretch or move the display on the tv.

is there a reason why u are not using the pc input?
post #128 of 510
I do not know if anyone has tried the two side by side, but...

I have the 42HP95 and love it. The HPX does add a couple of features, like the 2nd HDMI port and some kind of ethernet port. The HPX also has a more complete video adjustment menu, if I remember correctly. Other than that, the two should have the same image quality.

I think you would be happy with either one.
post #129 of 510
Also, I will be doing some gaming, not a lot but during the weekend. Should I be looking at an LCD or will either of these tv's be fine?
post #130 of 510
hey guys -

i have always owned toshiba RPTV's and Plasmas and even CRT's. i like their scaling modes in the sets that were 16-9 and i currently own a 42in plasma circa 2004.

i'm quite happy with it, but i've ordered a TOSHIBA HD A1 recently which is coming in the next 1-2 days, and i'm thinking of pairing it with a new 50" plasma television. however, i have read that the 1080i scaling in most televisions first drops the source to 540 and then up to the native resolution.

i would prefer to go from the 1920*1080 source to 1366*768 if possible.
at least i assume i would prefer that. ;-)

optionally im sure i can use the HD-A1 to scale, but i'll assume that isnt the best choice. i read that the 60u panny's have a better scaling system which is what has started this dilemma.

so anyone know if the current Toshiba HP95 or HPx95 strip half the scanlines and then scale up? since i've been happy with Toshiba's scalers/modes i'm hesitant to move to the panny. i will test on my current toshiba, but its a generation or two old, so that will likely be inconclusive.

help! thanks!

chris bond
post #131 of 510
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Originally Posted by jason330i View Post

i connect my pc to the 42hp95 using the pc input. this input allows u to stretch or move the display on the tv.

is there a reason why u are not using the pc input?

I was under the impression that the VGA input on the 42HP95 can only accept 1024x768, 800x600, or 640x480. I take this to mean that when using the VGA input, the 4:3 content would be stretched by the TV. But, if I'm planning to watch HD content from my PC, this situation wouldn't be ideal because the HD content would first be shrunk to fit in a 4:3 window, sent over VGA, then rescaled again by the TV. But, since the original HD content was shrunk to fit in 4:3 resolution, it wouldn't look good.

I thought that the best solution would be to have the PC always output 720p to the TV over DVI (component out is another option that I can try) and let Windows MCE do the appropriate scaling once.

I honestly didn't even try the VGA input out at all yet. Maybe I'll give it a shot and see how it looks.
post #132 of 510
I only get 2 HD channels as of yet. They are the local ABC and CBS channels on Cox cable, channels 710 and 720. The tuner finds them on setup and the signal strength meter shows a full signal.

Those 2 HD channels were great for the first couple of weeks, but have just gotten worse and worse. All the analog channels are fine, but whenever I tune to one of those HD channels, the picture is breaking up all over the screen, and the audio cuts out and back in, such that the audio is on about half the time.

It's kind of like the "buffering" you often get on a computer when playing a streaming video or audio file on the web. The sound stops for five or ten seconds, then comes back on.

One time I did the reset procedure, and that cured it for a couple of hours, then the problem returned. Tonight, I reset it, but the problem is still there, possibly even worse. The HD is now just unwatchable.

My hunch is that there is a problem with the ATSC tuner. Like it can't keep up with the data, or something similar.

Does anybody else have any experience with such a problem on HD channels?

Any suggestions/recommendations greatly appreciated.
post #133 of 510
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Originally Posted by asliu23 View Post

I was under the impression that the VGA input on the 42HP95 can only accept 1024x768, 800x600, or 640x480. I take this to mean that when using the VGA input, the 4:3 content would be stretched by the TV. But, if I'm planning to watch HD content from my PC, this situation wouldn't be ideal because the HD content would first be shrunk to fit in a 4:3 window, sent over VGA, then rescaled again by the TV. But, since the original HD content was shrunk to fit in 4:3 resolution, it wouldn't look good.

I thought that the best solution would be to have the PC always output 720p to the TV over DVI (component out is another option that I can try) and let Windows MCE do the appropriate scaling once.

I honestly didn't even try the VGA input out at all yet. Maybe I'll give it a shot and see how it looks.


Eventhough the manual says it doesn't support it I'm running 1280x768 @60Hz on my 50HP95 throught the VGA port and it looks awesome!!!
post #134 of 510
How many of you use the IEEE 1394 (firewire) in/outputs? I am leaning towards the toshibas because of these. I like the dea of cable card and a hard drive to record cable hd. Any issues with this?
post #135 of 510
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How many of you use the IEEE 1394 (firewire) in/outputs? I am leaning towards the toshibas because of these. I like the dea of cable card and a hard drive to record cable hd. Any issues with this?

I have still after over a month not been able to get a cable card to pick up digital channels on my 42HP95. Major dissapointment.
post #136 of 510
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Originally Posted by mtrot View Post

I have still after over a month not been able to get a cable card to pick up digital channels on my 42HP95. Major dissapointment.

Because of your cable company or issues with the plasma? If it is issues with the plasma it might be off my list as that was the key feature (with firewire) that I was looking for.
post #137 of 510
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Originally Posted by curtishd View Post

How many of you use the IEEE 1394 (firewire) in/outputs? I am leaning towards the toshibas because of these. I like the dea of cable card and a hard drive to record cable hd. Any issues with this?

I use the firewire ports on the 42HP95 and my Pioneer 5040. I have a Toshiba Symbio HD recorder connected to the 42HP95 for recording OTA HD and SD from the TVGOS menu. I can also use my Mac running Virtual DVHS to act like an HD VHS machine for both the Pio and the Tosh. It works very well, and with no monthly charges. The Mac software was free!
post #138 of 510
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Originally Posted by mtrot View Post

I have still after over a month not been able to get a cable card to pick up digital channels on my 42HP95. Major dissapointment.

Have you tried an OTA antenna or a cable box?
post #139 of 510
mtrot

Have you spoken to Toshiba about your cablecard issue? I had problems with a Scientific Atlanta card until Toshiba sent me the latest firmware for the TV. It's been working fine for the past four weeks since the upgrade.

-Jody
post #140 of 510
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Originally Posted by dumbcomputers View Post

Eventhough the manual says it doesn't support it I'm running 1280x768 @60Hz on my 50HP95 throught the VGA port and it looks awesome!!!

I tried running VGA between the PC and the 42hp95 @ 1280x768, but it doesn't work right. It looks like the TV just scales it to fit inside a 1024x768 window.

Anyhow, the resolution that looks the best for me on DVI-HDMI is 1216x692.

I also found that I needed to increase the Horizontal Sync Width to 48. If I didn't do this, the display would be shifted a little bit to the left.
post #141 of 510
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Originally Posted by asliu23 View Post

I tried running VGA between the PC and the 42hp95 @ 1280x768, but it doesn't work right. It looks like the TV just scales it to fit inside a 1024x768 window.

Anyhow, the resolution that looks the best for me on DVI-HDMI is 1216x692.

I also found that I needed to increase the Horizontal Sync Width to 48. If I didn't do this, the display would be shifted a little bit to the left.


Make sure you have your pic size set to "Full".
post #142 of 510
Does anyone know of a link to download the owners manual for the 50HP95? I just bought the set which was a display model and it doesn't have the manual. I tried the Toshiba website but it says the section for manuals is not working right now.
Thanks!
post #143 of 510
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Originally Posted by dumbcomputers View Post

I emailed Toshiba support for a electronic copy of the 50HP95 Manual. This makes it easy to search for something. I thought this might be helpfull for other owners or future owners looking for what feautres the Tosh has.
50HP95.pdf


here.
post #144 of 510
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Originally Posted by Jodeus View Post

mtrot

Have you spoken to Toshiba about your cablecard issue? I had problems with a Scientific Atlanta card until Toshiba sent me the latest firmware for the TV. It's been working fine for the past four weeks since the upgrade.

-Jody

hey jody,

does your tv guide work with your cablecard?

thnx,
jason
post #145 of 510
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Originally Posted by dumbcomputers View Post

Make sure you have your pic size set to "Full".

OK - I'll give that a shot tonight to see how it looks compared to the DVI-HDMI setup I have right now.

UPDATE - I confirmed that this does "work" on the 42hp95 as well (i.e. setting 1280x768 on VGA, and letting the TV do the scaling on "FULL"). But, the colors seem to be a little bit duller and it's my subjective opinion that the picture looks slightly grainier/noisier compared to the DVI-HDMI setup. Anyhow, I think there are 2 viable options for connecting a PC to this screen, and individual users can decide which mode works best for them.
post #146 of 510
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Originally Posted by curtishd View Post

How many of you use the IEEE 1394 (firewire) in/outputs? I am leaning towards the toshibas because of these.

I'd love to give the IEEE 1394 DTVLink a try, if there was some way to stream video to it from a PC. My searches aren't turning up much info on how to go about this though. Any ideas?
post #147 of 510
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Originally Posted by Jodeus View Post

mtrot

Have you spoken to Toshiba about your cablecard issue? I had problems with a Scientific Atlanta card until Toshiba sent me the latest firmware for the TV. It's been working fine for the past four weeks since the upgrade.

-Jody

Yes, after the initial unsucessful attempt with a cable card, I did the software version upgrade that Toshiba sent me. But it still didn't get the digital channels.

Yes, I spoke with Toshiba cust. svc. and even had them speak to the Cox technician that was trying to get the cable card working, to no avail. The Toshiba rep said he was going to have his engineering people talk to the Cox engineering folks, but I don't know if that ever occurred.

Cox doesn't have any of the Scientific Atlanta cards, only Motorola.
post #148 of 510
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Originally Posted by DidHeFocus View Post

Have you tried an OTA antenna or a cable box?

No, but the whole idea was to avoid a cable box via the cable card.

But I do have a OTA antenna I could connect and see if I get the same problems. That is a good idea, although I may have to move the antenna over to that room.

That will only get me the locals; I want to get ESPNHD, DiscoveryHD and the other digital channels.
post #149 of 510
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Originally Posted by ADU View Post

I'd love to give the IEEE 1394 DTVLink a try, if there was some way to stream video to it from a PC. My searches aren't turning up much info on how to go about this though. Any ideas?

You can stream DVHS files with a program like VirtualDVHS on the Mac. Regular MPEG or AVI... type pc files I'm not sure, but it may be possible with VLC.
post #150 of 510
Need help from you guys. A friend bought a 42" Toshiba Cinema Plasma. 42HPX95 I believe. It's 2 months old and was working great until last Friday. The remote stopped working. We got lucky and brought the remote over to someone else we know who has a Toshiba plasma and it worked fine. We've even tried other Toshiba remotes and nothing works. The TV works great, just no IR receiver working on the TV we are guessing. He's contacted Toshiba and they know nothing. They referred "local" service centers who are too far away to come to his house so they want him to "just bring it in." Is there anything we can do? Has anyone heard of this? We even tried hard resetting the TV and nothing. Thanks for your help. My friend is the plasma guy and I'm the projector guy but I'm the one who normally wires it all up. So thanks in advance!
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