Originally Posted by olednow
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?
OK, hopefully some wonderful news in regards to clouding/smudging. I have tried everything in and out of just about every piece of software or hardware to eliminate or lighten the smudging issue. Let me be clear what I have tried:
PixelTuneUp (Hardware) = flashes white and black screen at the proper electrical impulse levels using the VGA port.
Jscreenfix Deluxe- Paid version and tried just about every option available.
Avia Home Theater Disc - Optimize color settings (to try to visually minimize smudging as a last resort).
Pixel Protector Disc - Paid version which has screen washes and color washes.
One other various website that I cannot list because one, I have it saved on my laptop, and two for possible forum rules. (But it had an option to click on a link that would run color and white washes and fading in and out).
What I have come to find out is don't be fooled. Much of this "clouding" is not actually a back light issue. What it seems to be is simply image retention. I tried everything, but this is what actually worked.
1. Go into the service mode, and turn your back light setting for "dark mode" down to "0" and turn your lighting mode to "Dark" on your remote. Don't forget to write down what the original setting for the service mode actually is. In my case, I generally keep it at "40".
2. Run a completely white screen either for a few hours or over night depending on how dark the clouding / smudging is. (I used the paid version of JscreenFix).
3. Return to the service menu, change your back light setting for "Dark" back to its usual setting. Again, I keep mine at 40. Exit service menu. I leave my general back lighting at the "Dark" setting pretty much always regardless of the time of day.
Just a note, I also keep the Brightness at 12 notches below the "B" in brightness, and the contrast "12" notches above the "T" in contrast.
4. IMMEDIATELY after you feel you kept the white screen on long enough and changed your settings back to normal, UNPLUG THE SET for a few hours or again overnight. This will cut all electricity going to the screen.After doing this, the smudging was reduced significantly
. After a few more tries, I suspect I will pretty much eliminate it.
Again, I hope this helps because I am OCD, and I hope nobody else has to deal with what I had to. Investing $1000 into a set a few years back and sitting watching smudges in the top right of the screen in HD was driving me ****ing nuts. <-- I use that word directly and literally.