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post #5761 of 7216
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Originally Posted by MandM View Post

That my friend is the million dollar question! Can anyone with hd-dvd, blu-ray confirm?

I have HD-DVD but can only send 1080i signals to the TV. But I'm really itching to find out. I remember someone said that in order to get the most out of the 06' models with HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, you would have to send a 1080p signal to the TV.

Could someone PLEASE do a comparison between 1080i and 1080p on these sets!!!!!!!!! I really want to get the most out of this set resolution wise.
post #5762 of 7216
According to Cnet's review of the 50px77U. The set does a better job with 1080p sources, this can apply to the 2006 models. According to Panasonic the differences between the 06' and 07' models were mostly cosmetic.
post #5763 of 7216
OK. I've searched and searched here and can't find out how I determine my firmware. I went into the "about" section in the set up menu but it doesn't mention firmware at all there (unless it's a code). My PX60U was built May 2006.

Also, I must be doing something wrong. For the burn in (till my cabinet that this will sit on gets delivered) I just have this connected by HDMI to a Panasonic DVD recorder. The DVD recorder is set for 16:9 720p. I put in Cinderella Man DVD and it is playing with letterbox bars at top and bottom. What gives? Don't DVD's fill this TV screen? I tried Just and H-Fill and those didn't do anything. Zoom was the only way to fill the screen but of course all the outside picture gets cut off and it looks awful. What am I doing wrong...please?
post #5764 of 7216
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Originally Posted by letsee13 View Post

OK. I've searched and searched here and can't find out how I determine my firmware. I went into the "about" section in the set up menu but it doesn't mention firmware at all there (unless it's a code). My PX60U was built May 2006.

After "about" go to "version." On the tv line read the second, fourth and seventh digits (including the dash). On my set, which was built in June 2006, the line reads TV 0140-0310. This indicates my firmware version is 1.03.
post #5765 of 7216
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Originally Posted by letsee13 View Post

OK. I've searched and searched here and can't find out how I determine my firmware. I went into the "about" section in the set up menu but it doesn't mention firmware at all there (unless it's a code). My PX60U was built May 2006.

Also, I must be doing something wrong. For the burn in (till my cabinet that this will sit on gets delivered) I just have this connected by HDMI to a Panasonic DVD recorder. The DVD recorder is set for 16:9 720p. I put in Cinderella Man DVD and it is playing with letterbox bars at top and bottom. What gives? Don't DVD's fill this TV screen? I tried Just and H-Fill and those didn't do anything. Zoom was the only way to fill the screen but of course all the outside picture gets cut off and it looks awful. What am I doing wrong...please?


Regarding the DVD not filling up the screen, it's not. Cinderella Man is a 2.35:1 movie. Your set is 1.78:1, the movie has a wider view and that's why you get the black bars. Also not everything in HD fills the screen, HD DVD and Blu-Ray for example. Are currently the highest HD quality available. All the movies in those format are presented in their original aspect ratio, most of are 2.35:1. Some even wider. Like you said zooming in will fill the whole screen but you cut off the sides. And lose sharpness.
post #5766 of 7216
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Originally Posted by Buckeye911 View Post

After "about" go to "version." On the tv line read the second, fourth and seventh digits (including the dash). On my set, which was built in June 2006, the line reads TV 0140-0310. This indicates my firmware version is 1.03.

Thanks so much for the info. So, mine is also 1.03 then. Did you decide not to upgrade? Any reason either way? It seems most people have updated (to which version for the PX60U - it looks like there are different versions for 600U), but some say it made things worse.
post #5767 of 7216
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Originally Posted by letsee13 View Post

Thanks so much for the info. So, mine is also 1.03 then. Did you decide not to upgrade? Any reason either way? It seems most people have updated (to which version for the PX60U - it looks like there are different versions for 600U), but some say it made things worse.

I haven't upgraded because I haven't had any problems with my tv. I haven't really even looked at the firmware upgrades, I suppose I should at least look into them but for me its usually "if it aint broke, don't fix it." I very happy with all aspects of my PX60U.
post #5768 of 7216
I just opened my new PX50600u. She is beautiful! I have read forum and the different sugg for initial start-up. I have Comcast HD/DVR STB and plan to wall mount w/ HDMI and componet cables. I will not need the TV guide feature on the 600. Is there a particular way to power up unit for first time and skip some settings?(digital/analog channel search-TV guide feature etc.) Or is there a certain order this should be done in?

Also for first 100-200 hours, should picture settings be "just" mode, contrast turned down to 0, side black bars to grey, and no channels w/ fixed images!?

Any respones would be much appreciated.

Great forum!, Awesome TV!
Thanks,
tcbosco
post #5769 of 7216
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Originally Posted by tcbosco View Post

I just opened my new PX50600u.

Also for first 100-200 hours, should picture settings be "just" mode, contrast turned down to 0, side black bars to grey, and no channels w/ fixed images!?

tcbosco

Congrats..... and yes, Contrast and brightness at 0 or in the middle, no black bars on top or bottom of the screen, and just vary your programming you'll be good. A few statis logos here and there arent gonna hurt anything but I wouldnt watch MSNBC all day long either. The view mode that will be best is probably FULL unless you're watching 4:3 content in which case I would use JUST. Black bars to gray too.

That should do it!
post #5770 of 7216
Thanks mikey,
Appreciate it!
post #5771 of 7216
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Originally Posted by LJ25 View Post

Regarding the DVD not filling up the screen, it's not. Cinderella Man is a 2.35:1 movie. Your set is 1.78:1, the movie has a wider view and that's why you get the black bars. Also not everything in HD fills the screen, HD DVD and Blu-Ray for example. Are currently the highest HD quality available. All the movies in those format are presented in their original aspect ratio, most of are 2.35:1. Some even wider. Like you said zooming in will fill the whole screen but you cut off the sides. And lose sharpness.

Wow. Thanks for that info. I just assumed that the point of having the widescreen type HDTV would be so that I wouldn't have to watch anything in letterbox anymore. That seems so strange. And for the first 100 hours I can't watch any of these movies that are 2.35:1 since the bars up top and below are black and will cause burn in maybe?
post #5772 of 7216
I bought a 58px60u last week and the set has looked great...until a few minutes ago. A rectangle section of blue green vertical lines appeared coming from the bottom of the screen. It goes about half way up the screen. I have taken a picture of the problem and it is attached. Does anyone have any idea what the problem is here? PLEASE HELP!!!
LL
post #5773 of 7216
There is nothing to do but return the set or have a Panasonic repair tech fix it. There is a failure in one of the driver boards.
post #5774 of 7216
Do you know if it is an easy fix for the tech? I mean if I get it fixed, can I feel reasonably comfortable that the problem was isolated to the driver board and that I shouldn't have any more problems? Thanks!!!

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Originally Posted by Todd Scott View Post

There is nothing to do but return the set or have a Panasonic repair tech fix it. There is a failure in one of the driver boards.
post #5775 of 7216
If it were me, I would demand a new set. Especially if you've had it less than a month.
post #5776 of 7216
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Originally Posted by wesmoc View Post

Hrmm.. ok.. Saw that. It's interesting that the component is pumping out 720p, and the TV is happy with it. *shrug*

Maybe I should just get one of those component splitters and just forget about doing VGA.

The problem with 768p (1366x768) over VGA is that I can't seem to get this nvidia driver to do 136*x768.. ugh.

There is a way to force a custom resolution by editing the INF file or the system registry. I used to do this years ago on nvidia video cards. I think there may be software available to do this in a user friendly way. Try searching the home theater PC forum here on AVS.
post #5777 of 7216
After reading thru ALL the pages about Burn In, IR, False Contouring, buzzing, etc. I'm still glad I ordered my 600U. Now if it would only get here
post #5778 of 7216
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Originally Posted by adm View Post

FWIW - Hopefully, you have read through the entire thread. That being said, Do NOT do an auto scan of the channels UNTIL AFTER you have the TV guide operational for a day or two. Failure to do so could cause a bit of grief on your part.

Been there, done it...

Enjoy the 600u, I know I do.
..Mark

I did read thru the entire thread but I can't find my answer. Can you direct mee? Thanks Mark
post #5779 of 7216
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Originally Posted by dealeo View Post

I bought a 58px60u last week and the set has looked great...until a few minutes ago. A rectangle section of blue green vertical lines appeared coming from the bottom of the screen. It goes about half way up the screen. I have taken a picture of the problem and it is attached. Does anyone have any idea what the problem is here? PLEASE HELP!!!

This is a symptom of a defective "D" board that will have to be replaced by a technician or exchanged for a new set.
LL
post #5780 of 7216
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Originally Posted by letsee13 View Post

Wow. Thanks for that info. I just assumed that the point of having the widescreen type HDTV would be so that I wouldn't have to watch anything in letterbox anymore. That seems so strange. And for the first 100 hours I can't watch any of these movies that are 2.35:1 since the bars up top and below are black and will cause burn in maybe?

Unfortunately that's true, you can however watch those movies. Only afterwards watch something for the same amount of time, with full screen.
post #5781 of 7216
Grrrrr.......I had my 42px600U for a month with no issues.

Now today the tuner is going wacky .......it is radomly not picking up regular or HD channels or the signal gets messed up. I called TWC and they have no problems in the area. They will send someone during the week in case it is the SA Exploerer 8300HD

My set was made in September 2006 so I went to get any updates for new firmware and the site appears to be down.

Hoping this is just a simple fix with either new cable box or firmware update
post #5782 of 7216
Thanks for everyone's assistance! I just got back from Best Buy with a new set. My original one was open box and they exchanged it for a brand new one! SWEET!!!

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Originally Posted by Todd Scott View Post

If it were me, I would demand a new set. Especially if you've had it less than a month.
post #5783 of 7216
OK,now what am I doing wrong? I have this hooked up just to a DVD player for now (have to wait till my table gets here to hook it up to the Moto 6412 III cable box) and the sound from my DVDs seems odd. The speech/spoken word on my DVD playback on this TV is so much quieter than the music/sound effect tracks. I have the audio on the TV set to the factory defaults (AI off, Surround on). When I turn surround off it is better, but I lose the more full sound of the surround. Is there a way to increase the "center" channel type sound?
post #5784 of 7216
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Originally Posted by Euripides View Post

Grrrrr.......I had my 42px600U for a month with no issues.

Now today the tuner is going wacky .......it is radomly not picking up regular or HD channels or the signal gets messed up. I called TWC and they have no problems in the area. They will send someone during the week in case it is the SA Exploerer 8300HD

My set was made in September 2006 so I went to get any updates for new firmware and the site appears to be down.

Hoping this is just a simple fix with either new cable box or firmware update

If you are using a cable box, you are NOT using the TV's tuner. The TV's tuner is only in play when you are plugging the cable directly into the back of the TV or watching OTA with an antenna.. If you watch TV through an 8300HD box, the messed up signal you are getting has absolutely nothing to do with the TV -- in this case, the cable box is the tuner and the firmware will do nothing to address your problem.

So I guess the good news is you've still had your 42px600u for a month with no issues!
post #5785 of 7216
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Originally Posted by TysonL View Post

Setting the Clock did not fix this daily click on click off issue on the 60U. I just listened to another clicking sequence while up tonight.

I have firmware versions 1.04 (tuner) and 1.25 (main), which are the latest to date on panasonic web site. Build Date is January 2007.

I plan on contacting Panasonic about this ... if anyone has any additional datapoints or firmware versions which experience this it could be useful.

My 42PX60U has been exhibiting this clicking as well. The last time was near midnight last night, I'm still observing to see if it is a repeatable or random event. Has anyone resolved this issue or gotten a response from Panasonic?
post #5786 of 7216
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Originally Posted by The Vulcan View Post

I did read thru the entire thread but I can't find my answer. Can you direct mee? Thanks Mark


The post is # 1437 on page 48 and has the information I was referring to. Hope that this helps. Enjoy the set.

..Mark
post #5787 of 7216
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Originally Posted by batpig View Post

If you are using a cable box, you are NOT using the TV's tuner. The TV's tuner is only in play when you are plugging the cable directly into the back of the TV or watching OTA with an antenna.. If you watch TV through an 8300HD box, the messed up signal you are getting has absolutely nothing to do with the TV -- in this case, the cable box is the tuner and the firmware will do nothing to address your problem.

So I guess the good news is you've still had your 42px600u for a month with no issues!

I realized a little while after I posted that it was the cable box. I had to reset it a few times but everything is now working fine. If it does it again TWC said I can just change the box for another one. All is well in my part of the world
post #5788 of 7216
Hi everybody. I am a new convert to the world of the 50" panny plasma.

I have some basic newbie questions so don't flame me too hard. TIA

Now that I have my new panny, what upconverting dvd player would be best for it?

I have looked on the forum but it is a little confusing and a bit overwhelming for me.

The oppo players are highly recommended but which one is more suited for this Panny?

Since I don't have a upconverting dvd player yet, can I run the break in dvd on my standard progressive scan dvd player and set the panny to zoom? or should I wait until I get the oppo player and start my break in period then?
post #5789 of 7216
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Originally Posted by weap1082 View Post

Hi everybody. I am a new convert to the world of the 50" panny plasma.

Since I don't have a upconverting dvd player yet, can I run the break in dvd on my standard progressive scan dvd player and set the panny to zoom? or should I wait until I get the oppo player and start my break in period then?

You can start your break-in now. Enjoy your new Panny! You'll find the PQ with your progressive scan dvd player will be upscaled by your television. SD DVD's look great, you'll love it.
post #5790 of 7216
I tried reading the entire thread, too much. I have a 42PX600U and was wondering why everyone is upgrading the firmware, I have no issues. Second, I went into the service menu earlier today, and now when I hit the volumn down button, it brings it back up. Any way to make it stay off?

Thanks
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