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post #4861 of 5061
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Originally Posted by rivermaniac View Post

this past weekend , I rented " repo men " on blue ray . Everytime I sit and watch , I'm amazed at the picture on this set . There may be darker blacks on some sets , but the detail in the picture is awesome. I have to say thanks to everyone on this thread also , specially to dad153 for all the info . Oh and the one thing , the sd pic on this set can't be beat , that's what I got this for , for soccer games from southamerica with its lame sd broadcasting , but the 747 does a great job ..................

yep.. I am continually impressed with how good the image quality is on this set for both HD content from my BDP and also SD content.. the detail in some HD images is really amazing. hope our set lasts for a while longer, we're really happy with it.
post #4862 of 5061
Nice to see this thread's still alive. Like my 747i. As I've written here in the past, despite all the issues with this(banding, lines on the 4:3 sides, dead pixel, permanent lines exactly where the pip box usually is.....)TV I still love the thing. I am wondering if any of you have been getting what mine has; blotches all over. It is like it is blemished all over the screen now. This is separate from the other issues and has been getting steadily worse. When I watch it now, I am seeing these blotches, and they can be distracting. It is strange though, because as bad as it is I still like this set better then all the new ones I've looked at. It is hard to explain, but there is something unique about this picture. But this blotchiness is getting pretty bad. It may get bad enough and enough of a distraction to finally get a new set.
post #4863 of 5061
Ive noticed blotches on mine , and it's dirty finger marks from the inside of the glass when the set got assembled ......................... Take the screws out and clean the inside of the glass .................
post #4864 of 5061
Thanks for your reply rivermaniac. No this is definitely not fingermarks or anything on the inside of the glass. This is definitely on the screen itself. Perhaps a better word to use then 'blotches' would be 'clouds' all over the screen. They are new, having developed over the last several months or so, and they are getting worse and more plentiful.
post #4865 of 5061
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Originally Posted by Thud2 View Post

Damn! It may be winding down but this is the 23rd all time most viewed out of 31,592 LCD threads on AVS Forum, with 467,515 views! Pretty good when you consider that the major brands have produced like 5,000 LCD models And Olevia made what 5? The 747i is a great set, but this was a REALLY great and helpful thread. I don't know how many of you guys are still checkin this thread but thanks to all you guys that helped me and so many others so much. I'm sure I missed some (alot) of guys but here goes, in no special order (except for "Dad" and S!TH!NAT0R and I think they deserve to be first on the list not just for being first to post but for always being there to help) .

Thanks;

Dad1153 / S!TH!NAT0R
Johns12
hdtv4xmas
mskuse
thebesthereis
hdtvmonkey
DanLuckes
nat
Yukon Trooper
saidiadude
rivermaniac
warrenpeace
yep, even you Yahway
rarjar
jimmynewtron
englee1
silvereyes
Tuckeye
ricosauve95
livewire89
mastacow53
pelonius62
sportnytt

It was a great run!

Thud2, you are more than welcome. Mine is still going strong, a little dusty because my apt. just attracts a lot of it (), but the banding lines have, dare I say, DISAPPEARED. Oh, and by the way, a few months ago, a friend of mine kept asking me why God Of War 3 looked (and played) better on my set (which is older) than on his much newer 240Hz 46" Sony. All I could say was; "Dude, it's the processor in the screen."
Boy was he . I actually didn't have any explanation for him so that's what I said.
post #4866 of 5061
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Originally Posted by olednow View Post

Thanks for your reply rivermaniac. No this is definitely not fingermarks or anything on the inside of the glass. This is definitely on the screen itself. Perhaps a better word to use then 'blotches' would be 'clouds' all over the screen. They are new, having developed over the last several months or so, and they are getting worse and more plentiful.

This is happening with my set as well, along with the formation of a line much like the right hand 4:3 crop line that happened with a lot of sets, only now on the left. When there's a static image on the screen that makes what olednow is talking about more visible, it seems like what's outside the 4:3 area might be unaffected. If my Olevia was displaying a full screen image primarily, I wonder if the affected area would still be the same for me, or if similar would happen all over the screen.

It seems like the clouds and the lines both are simply darker than the rest of the picture. I wonder if it's down to the pixels themselves, electrical issues, or what. Have there been similar defects on any other LCD TV?
post #4867 of 5061
Thanks for your post rotoscope.

I believe my situation may answer your question; I mostly, I'd say at least 95% of the time, have used this TV in full screen mode. And my 'clouding' seems to also be on the inside of the 4:3. My worst clouding is on the left side of the 4:3.
post #4868 of 5061
My tv started getting the clouding issue to. It started as just 1 area but over the next few months other clouds started to appear. I called the warranty company and they had the set picked up. The tech called in a few days and told me the problem is in the panel itsself. The warranty company is sending me a check for the full purchase price of the set .Now what am I going to buy that that even comes close to the SD picture quality of this Olevia. Man I'm going to miss that tv!
post #4869 of 5061
Very interesting freefifo. Had you known they'd take the TV back would you still have sent it in? Was the clouding distracting you to that point? My clouds are distracting but I still love the TV. It's quirky and clunky but still my favourite. I've yet to see SD come close elsewhere, nor any set have the same pip capabilities. Which new TV did you get and how's the SD? Thanks
post #4870 of 5061
My set is getting the same clouding; It's a shame, as it does a number on my ability to enjoy watching it. My guess is either the LCD panel itself is somehow aging, or else some capacitors driving the panel (assuming there are any) have aged out of spec.
post #4871 of 5061
yikes... nothing like that on mine but my high voltage unit still makes a buzzing sound but it hasn't gotten worse so I am hoping it holds out as I like this TV. none the less, their are some killer deals on TVs now days... especially with xmas coming.. 55 inch 1080p 120hz units for a grand..
post #4872 of 5061
Wow, surprised to see this thread still active-ish.

I was thinking about this set and the Vizio SV505XVT Plasma with the Reon.

These Olevia 747i 47" sets were fantastic at $999 at Tigerdirect.com. Wish I would have picked one up.
post #4873 of 5061
Just came back from a Thanksgiving week vacation with my folks in AZ. Their two-year old 52" Samsung A750 was a beauty ("Speed Racer" Blu-ray with the Sammy set to 120Hz 'High' refresh rate was unreal, easily the best-looking high-def I've ever seen) and made me realize that, though I still love it, the 747i is beginning to show its age. Not giving up on the old girl though, she still impresses me when I need to watch three channels at once or make an old SD show/movie look good in 1080i.
post #4874 of 5061
Guys I have an odd problem you may be able to help me with. I got the latest Firmware file and updated the TV, I did this because the TV had stopped responding to any buttons and had also stopped displaying actual HDTV or Component or VGA video. It was always showing the Olevia logo at boot but then black. When the I tried updating the Firmware it showed me in bright red letters that it tried to update but said it did not need any updates, apparently it had the latest. It then says to turn it off and remove the memory stick.

I did so happily because it had even responded to the update showing me video of some kind, but when I powered it back up I got the Olevia logo as usual on a big white background, and subsequently black as it would when it normally worked, only I still get no small box on left with the source of video displaying. In many cases this would say "no signal" if I was not on my source for HDMI Cable or whatever, but I get nothing. I get no reaction from the TV if I press, volume, channel or source buttons either.

So what has me confused is, the screen is good, the processor is reacting to the update and not reporting any errors, it can display video during the update. Why won't it react to normal power up?

Any ideas would be a great help before I buy a new/replacement board. Thanks

BTW if anyone has any tech manuals or sources I would appreciate that as well. Or even an LED chart so I can ensure all the proper LED's light up on the board.

Sergio
post #4875 of 5061
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Originally Posted by Thud2 View Post

Damn! It may be winding down but this is the 23rd all time most viewed out of 31,592 LCD threads on AVS Forum, with 467,515 views! Pretty good when you consider that the major brands have produced like 5,000 LCD models And Olevia made what 5? The 747i is a great set, but this was a REALLY great and helpful thread. I don't know how many of you guys are still checkin this thread but thanks to all you guys that helped me and so many others so much. I'm sure I missed some (alot) of guys but here goes, in no special order (except for "Dad" and S!TH!NAT0R and I think they deserve to be first on the list not just for being first to post but for always being there to help) .

Thanks;

Dad1153 / S!TH!NAT0R
Johns12
hdtv4xmas
mskuse
thebesthereis
hdtvmonkey
DanLuckes
nat
Yukon Trooper
saidiadude
rivermaniac
warrenpeace
yep, even you Yahway
rarjar
jimmynewtron
englee1
silvereyes
Tuckeye
ricosauve95
livewire89
mastacow53
pelonius62
sportnytt

It was a great run!

Thud2, you're very welcome and thanks for the kind words.
Yes, I still check this thread every once in a while, but not quite as often as I would like, due to my work load, which has gone up due to the economy
My 747i is still going strong now with almost 2.5-3 years on its back.
I have been looking at all of these 120, 240 and recently 480Hz newer sets, but to be honest, 747i with that 3 year old CPU, is still a good competitor and I can't find a good justification to retire it.

l8r ...
post #4876 of 5061
same here... I see so many deals on new units but the 747 is still a great set so until mine dies or has some serious issue (clouding) it's hard to justify getting something new..
post #4877 of 5061
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Originally Posted by et3surge View Post
Guys I have an odd problem you may be able to help me with. I got the latest Firmware file and updated the TV, I did this because the TV had stopped responding to any buttons and had also stopped displaying actual HDTV or Component or VGA video. It was always showing the Olevia logo at boot but then black. When the I tried updating the Firmware it showed me in bright red letters that it tried to update but said it did not need any updates, apparently it had the latest. It then says to turn it off and remove the memory stick.

I did so happily because it had even responded to the update showing me video of some kind, but when I powered it back up I got the Olevia logo as usual on a big white background, and subsequently black as it would when it normally worked, only I still get no small box on left with the source of video displaying. In many cases this would say "no signal" if I was not on my source for HDMI Cable or whatever, but I get nothing. I get no reaction from the TV if I press, volume, channel or source buttons either.

So what has me confused is, the screen is good, the processor is reacting to the update and not reporting any errors, it can display video during the update. Why won't it react to normal power up?

Any ideas would be a great help before I buy a new/replacement board. Thanks

BTW if anyone has any tech manuals or sources I would appreciate that as well. Or even an LED chart so I can ensure all the proper LED's light up on the board.

Sergio
I read at one repair site that Olevia never printed service manuals because, they bought parts from different sources. You need to find someone who worked at Olevia's HQ.
post #4878 of 5061
my 747i is still going good... use it for gaming mostly
i need a firmware though..
the sound will cut out after a couple hours of being on...
i just switch sources and it comes back, but in the middle of a firefight on battlefield bc2.. its annoying..

also, i have a tivo, what tv set did you guys use to get the remote to be recognized by tivo?
post #4879 of 5061
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Originally Posted by rouge1 View Post

also, i have a tivo, what tv set did you guys use to get the remote to be recognized by tivo?

I had the TiVo learning remote that was able to capture the signal from the 747i's remote for the volume, mute and input. I wasn't successful in finding a code that worked and I tried every one and scanned through them manually, as was explained on the TiVo site.

I'm wondering how new that firmware is that someone mentioned earlier?

Also, I still have the glass from the front of my set, which was taken off when it went in for repair, in an attempt to reduce the weight when moving it. The 747i never came back, but the glass is still in my basement, if anyone near Toronto is interested. Don't really want to ship it anywhere. Just thought I'd mention it in case someone's glass broke.
post #4880 of 5061
My 747i (one of the oldest one) is still kicking. Some permanent burnt-in banding is present and noticeable but 75-80% of the time it's not an issue (although that 20% when I do notice it bothers me a lot). What's driving me mad is that some buttons on the remote control aren't working properly. The 'On/Off' and 'Volume' controls are stuck, the byproduct of too much dropping of the remote over the past four years. I have to press these buttons so hard to get the 747i to recognize the command that I almost feel I'll break the remore in my hands. Every other button works fine though, but 'On/Off' and 'Volume' are the two must used buttons in any remote control. Seriously thinking of going online to shop for another 747i remote control (I don't do Universal remotes) just to keep my fingers from cramming at the thought of more 747i on/off turning and/or volume adjusting.
post #4881 of 5061
My set is now 3 years old dad1153 (a lot "younger" than yours I suspect), and it still works today like it did when it was new (knock on wood, lol!). Then again, mine is usually on only a few hours weekday evenings but a lot on weekends, and many days it is never turned on because I'm out of town. Since I use the Harmony 980 remote, my Oelvia remote very seldom is used. If I didn't occasionally use the Olevia remote, I'd be glad to let you have mine. Maybe someone here has a dead 747i that can give you their remote?
post #4882 of 5061
747i still going strong until HDMI port 2 went flakey. Called Square Trade to fix. They deemed it too expensive to fix and paypal'd me $900 for replacement and let me keep my 747i!! Can anyone recommend a good HDMI switch/splitter?
post #4883 of 5061
minceman, there's a few listed on Amazon.com that get pretty good reviews.... some 2 to 1 and a few 3 to 1 in the under $40 range. Since I'm not sure about listing links here, I would suggest you simply search Amazon.com for hdmi splitter if you're interested.
post #4884 of 5061
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Originally Posted by minceman View Post

747i still going strong until HDMI port 2 went flakey. Called Square Trade to fix. They deemed it too expensive to fix and paypal'd me $900 for replacement and let me keep my 747i!! Can anyone recommend a good HDMI switch/splitter?

Gee minceman, I almost feel like I should apologize for my "Squareturd" post way back.

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Originally Posted by Thud2 View Post

Squareturd


But thats great! years of service then the set pays for itself I have some recent experience with the splitters some good. some dealbreakers. I recently bought a Monoprice HDMI-120E3 1x2 to split the signal to the 747 and an Epson projector and the splitter worked great. It detected which output was active correctly and the sound and picture looked great, it was great for Blu Ray, but TV, not so good. Switching channels I would get a couple of seconds of noise on the screen and then the new channel. It seems like it has to handshake every time you change the channel, and I've heard it's par for the course with splitters so if your a channel surfer a splitter may not be for you. I no it's not for me. Heres the splitter I've been using lately



Once I swap channels change fine

But if you watch movies mainly or watch full shows without channel surfing, then go for it. It's actually a good deal for 50 bucks. I'm a channel surfer so I've been trying to find a reasonably priced 2 HDMI out receiver for a while, If your considering getting one check out this thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1256280
post #4885 of 5061
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Originally Posted by minceman View Post

747i still going strong until HDMI port 2 went flakey. Called Square Trade to fix. They deemed it too expensive to fix and paypal'd me $900 for replacement and let me keep my 747i!! Can anyone recommend a good HDMI switch/splitter?

You do not need a splitter. My splitter is used to provide a Directv input to my tv directly or directly to my AV receiver. What you need is an HDMI switch. My HDMI switch is an offbrand (Olevia!) but it works fine. I usually recommend monoprice.com as a good place to buy electronic cables, and related paraphernalia. If you can find an Olevia, buy it. If not go to Monoprice, and educate yourself, by reading the knowledge base, and especially the user ratings posted by their customers. If all you want to do is to replace the non functioning HDMI 2, all you will need is a 2X1 (2 in 1 out) switch. If you want to provide for more inputs (maybe a satellite set top box, a blu ray player, and an Xbox 360 and one to grow on (for a future PS3, or ??) you will need a 4X1.
post #4886 of 5061
Hello all:

My 747i still works as it did since the first day it was delivered. I'm having the same banding/burn in issues as I did when I first reported it a few years back but other than that, everything is so far, so good.

Not sure if all my inputs still work as I'm only using HDMI-1, VGA, coax/t.v. inputs and my optical output. All components are plugged directly into my receiver so I'm using that to switch between XBOX 360, PS3, etc.

My set stays on probably 10 hours a day Mon. - Thurs. and 20 - 24 hours a day Fri. - Sun. (sometimes watching me )

I play a lot of games on it so after a few hours of Gears Of War 2 Horde mode, it seems as if the top left corner of my set has a nice permanent (semi-permanent? ) score board burned in. It sucks but until I get that 480hz set complete with "soap opera effect", I can't see a reason to get upgrade-itis yet.

Thanks to all for reporting in with your latest developments.
post #4887 of 5061
As far as the clouding of the set is concerned, the only way to compromise is to set the back lighting on low. I know its irritating, but it will make it much less noticeable if at all. I noticed this only recently since the 3rd year of having the television. Perhaps its the back lighting in bright mode that is creating the issue. Maybe after a while, it will start to fade if left on low.

But...

Banding and burn in was an issue for me, however I was able to correct it completely using a hardware box called "Pixeltuneup". It has a VGA port which you can connect to the television directly (however, I would recommend hooking it to a receiver if it has a vga port or converting it to hdmi) and leaving it on for 3-4 hours. All this will do is flash a white and black screen like you could do with a pc screen saver, but its tuned at a particular frequency that clears the pixels correctly. Then, turn off the power in the back of the set, and unplug it overnight. You will either see the banding disappear, or you will see it start to fade. After a while of unplugging, the banding will be pretty much eliminated, I promise.

The Nintendo Wii burn in is completely gone on my set. I also started seeing 4:3 banding which is now completely gone. I got a little obsessed with Mario Galaxy for a few weeks and started seeing the life circle while watching TV. But, no more.

In any event, you want to try to eliminate any electricity to the actual screen for hours at a time. Get in the habit of unplugging the set at night and you will see a vast improvement in the banding. Mine is completely gone.

I was also able to eliminate about 16 stuck pixels using jscreenfix connected from the PC to the VGA port on the TV. I still have one impossible to fix pixel, but I would never notice it unless standing right up on the screen. It's green, so I know its stuck and not dead. I'm hoping it will eventually fix on its own.

I hope this helps, and the only reason I don't post links is because its easily Googled, and it might be against avsforum policy.

Good Luck.

It's worth the investment if you want to keep this TV alive and well.
post #4888 of 5061
Thank you Davidermold, pixeltuneup sounds interesting. I turned lighting down but clouding/smudging still visible. Mine is in the 4:3 box only, yours? Why can't pixeltuneup fix this clouding/smudging issue as well?
post #4889 of 5061
Glad to see that the 747's are running strong. We have 2 sets (one for the folks, one for me) and both are doing well.

BTW, just ran across the updated website: Olevia Televisions. Looks like the brand name is still alive and kicking. Any idea as to who owns it now?

Edit: Looks like it's owned by Emerson Radio Corp

Whois shows:

Registrant:
Emerson Radio Corp
Sergey Litvinoff
85 Oxford Drive
Moonachie, NJ 07074
US
Phone: +1.9734282114
Email: rrtakahashi@emersonradio.com



Registrar Name....: Register.com
Registrar Whois...: whois.register.com
Registrar Homepage: www.register.com

Domain Name: olevia.com
Created on..............: 2003-08-02
Expires on..............: 2016-08-02

Administrative Contact:
Emerson Radio Corp
Rafael Takahashi
9 Entin Rd
Parsippany, NJ 07054
US
Phone: +1.9734282114
Email: rrtakahashi@emersonradio.com


Technical Contact:
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Domain Registrar
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Phone: +1.9027492701
Email: domainregistrar@register.com
post #4890 of 5061
DId you notice this on the website Support FAQs? The only 2 models they list are the VCF-32FDV1U and the VCF-42FDV1U.

Q: I have an Olevia that is not listed on your website. How do I get support for my product?
A: Support is only provided for products listed on this website. If your product is not listed on our website, it was manufactured by a different company. It is recommended that you attempt to contact the manufacturer of your product to obtain service.

Good luck with that, lol!
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