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post #4981 of 5061
That sounds like what I am seeing also. and yeah, I have been hoping the high voltage would go out or something so I have an excuse to get a new larger thinner lighter LG... smile.gif
post #4982 of 5061

I'm with you guys!!  REALLY itching to get that SAME freaking exact Vizio!!  WOW!!  I was wondering what I would get if my set kicked but despite having those same exact banding/clouding/burn-in issues, I'd prob rather shoot self than part with my old reliable 747i.  Just still a magnificent set for the time being.  I MAY be able to move it into my bedroom which desperately needs a set but that would require ceiling mounting it which I have no idea how to do. 
 

post #4983 of 5061
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my set is still working well enough but I do notice some clouding on light colored backgrounds.. splotchy things that stay put while the rest of the screen is moving.. I am guessing just issues with age and a LOT of use.. maybe the ccfl bulbs aging?

My 747i is still kicking. cool.gif There are a few 'banding' lines now visible though, two of them very large and looking like a big cat scratched the left side of the screen; easy to ignore on regular moving pictures, mostly an issue on non-single color images like underwater or 'foggy' scenes in which the camera pans from side-to-side. The main problem though is that the 747i now burn-ins easy if you leave an image on-screen for too long (the ESPN score box, the lines of the on-screen guide, etc.) and lasts for a good while before it disappears, which it does after an hour or so (and is definitely gone the next morning). The outlines of the PIP boxes are the main offenders about this; again though, tolerable.

I think my 747i still has a few months to a year left in it, and I'm frankly getting itchy to bite on the slimmer, lighter, 3D-ready and bigger HDTV's I can get now for a fraction of the $3K I paid in '07. But the 747i is like a wife: I still love her, can't kill her, can't dump it (it still works!) but a small part of me kind-of wishes she'd have an "accident" so I can upgrade to a 65' (LG) or 70' (Sharp) 3D HDTV for around $2.5K. This baby is also tempting me mighty to get the 747i a PIP-capable playmate that will eventually be its replacement: http://store.vizio.com/xvt3d580cm.html?SID=tquo4520ia7j40em07d5mv85a2. Problem is, between both sets plus the old 27' Sony CRT set there wouldn't be enough room in my studio apartment for me to move around. tongue.gif

Moving around is over-rated. tongue.gif

post #4984 of 5061
If somebody could send me a copy of the 747i firmware, I would appreciate it.

As a side note, has anybody replaced a bad 747 main board with one from a 265? They have the same part number, but the 265 board has an extra power connector on the side where the 747i board just has the lines for the connector. scottpiper@gmail.com thanks.

scott
post #4985 of 5061
OK!!! I actually found a way to eliminate the black "staining". I tried all the DVD discs, several online pixel cleaners and finally just gave up. I actually stumbled upon it just over the last few days. It'll take a little finagling but it actually works.

Need Wii with Homebrew Channel. I know most of you know what I'm talking about.
Go to the Homebrew Browser and download WiiMC. This will allow you to play Shoutcast Radio from your internet.
Make sure you have have your Wii in progressive scan and play one of the stations.
It will eventually start a brief screen saver with WiiMC moving its way across the screen.
Leave it for a day or two. My mom has issues with watching tv makes her hallucinate, so she will listen to the Wii Shoutcast continually. For some reason, the black screen with the lighting seems to clear the black spots. I have no idea why, but it must be a combination of the brightness and the black starting to match the spots. NO CLUE, BUT IT WORKS.

I just figured I would post as I know many have the black staining the in the right top and bottom corners. My Olivia is actually clean after looking for solutions for almost two years.


Good luck. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy.
post #4986 of 5061
Wow, great tip, thanks. All I need now is... a Wii system! rolleyes.gif
post #4987 of 5061
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Originally Posted by davidermold View Post

OK!!! I actually found a way to eliminate the black "staining". I tried all the DVD discs, several online pixel cleaners and finally just gave up. I actually stumbled upon it just over the last few days. It'll take a little finagling but it actually works.

Need Wii with Homebrew Channel. I know most of you know what I'm talking about.
Go to the Homebrew Browser and download WiiMC. This will allow you to play Shoutcast Radio from your internet.
Make sure you have have your Wii in progressive scan and play one of the stations.
It will eventually start a brief screen saver with WiiMC moving its way across the screen.
Leave it for a day or two. My mom has issues with watching tv makes her hallucinate, so she will listen to the Wii Shoutcast continually. For some reason, the black screen with the lighting seems to clear the black spots. I have no idea why, but it must be a combination of the brightness and the black starting to match the spots. NO CLUE, BUT IT WORKS.

I just figured I would post as I know many have the black staining the in the right top and bottom corners. My Olivia is actually clean after looking for solutions for almost two years.


Good luck. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy.

 

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Wow, great tip, thanks. All I need now is... a Wii system! rolleyes.gif


 And a way to get the Homebrew Channel.  "Send more paramedics." tongue.gif

post #4988 of 5061
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It will eventually start a brief screen saver with WiiMC moving its way across the screen.

I tried using WiiMC to help fix the screen months back but didn't think to use the screen saver. I loaded a fullscreen white image, would let it play as long as WiiMC would let it, and then reloaded it once the playback stopped. I kept that up for 6-8 hours. This might have helped outside of the 4:3 zone on the right side of the screen, but the left is still very much darkened.

I've actually noticed persistent images forming fairly fast now. For example, when I leave it on a WiiMC menu, program guide, DVD/Blu-ray menu, etc. I'm interested to know whether the screen saver fix helped in this regard, too.

Maybe one day I'll open up the Olevia when I buy a new set.
post #4989 of 5061
For the third (and likely last, knock on wood) Olympics in a row, here's a bunch of pics of my Olevia 747i flexing its PIP muscle as I keep up with lots of soccer and the barrage of Olympic coverage from the NBC-Universal networks. So many sports, so little time... but so many screens! biggrin.gif I'm using my crappy Touchpad front-facing tablet camera, so please forgive the pictures looking like ass.

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post #4990 of 5061
PIP's just keeps gettin' harder to find. I was surprised to find out that Directv's new DVR the HR-34 includes PIP and some other less important features, like 5 TUNERS to record 5 programs at one time. RVU compliance, etc. etc. All us PIP HO's are gonna ask Santa for a HR-34 (assuming we don't get one sooner!).
post #4991 of 5061
Sony's top-of-the-line LED HDTV's (the 729, 929 models) have brought back PIP and POP options, but I hear they're compromised but not as badly as 'the dark ages' of 2007-08.

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post #4992 of 5061
Hey guys, first off, let me just say as a fellow 747i Owner, I love this thread. That said, I'm having the following issue, I hope you guys can shed some light as to what I can do to fix it.

I'm noticing, when I turn the TV, on the picture is the beautiful bright picture I know and love, however as I continue to watch the TV, (when I say TV, it can mean, TV, movie, etc), the picture starts to fade (darken). Is this my TV going bad? Should I start to leave it unplugged at night? Update the firmware? What would you suggest?
post #4993 of 5061
My 747i has been working great, though recently I haven't been able to get the HDMI inputs to work. My 360 will only work in HDMI 2, and my DVR will not work in either. The DVR works fine in component.

Does anybody have any ideas on what might be the problem? Could a firmware upgrade fix? Please send me a copy of it at toyamk AT aol DOT com

Thanks
post #4994 of 5061

WOW!  redface.gif  I'm starting to feel extremely fortunate that besides having issues with the panel/screen (image retention, slight darkening on one side,etc.), my 747i still has working ports.

 

*knocks on wood* eek.gif
 

P.S. DAD1153: Cool pics!  Looks like you are broadcasting from a television studio! 

post #4995 of 5061
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Originally Posted by rotoscope View Post

I've actually noticed persistent images forming fairly fast now. For example, when I leave it on a WiiMC menu, program guide, DVD/Blu-ray menu, etc.

I'm noticing the same thing, as mine is used 90% of the time for my PC monitor, i've noticed that even website banners tend to "burn-in".
My wife plays this tetris-like game & it has left horrible persistence. I't been there for nearly a week now....mad.gif

the burn-in never used to form this fast in the past.......
post #4996 of 5061
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I have the EXACT same line on my 747... Only shows up on darker colored screen, but I thought maybe it was a weak connection in my HDMI cable/connection... Guess not...
Anyway, great site!
I got my 747 in 2008 for $999 at CompUSA, and they only had 5 in stock. At that time, equivelant TV's of other brands were $1400 or more. I was so impressed, I bought a bunch of Stock in the company at $0.50/share, thinking such a great LCD maker could only go up, then when it hit $0.18/share, went belly up... Had to be very poor management, since they were one of the top LCD screen manufacturers in the world (built them for many top LCD companies besides Olevia... So I didn't lose all that much, but does anyone know if they just reformed, and if so, who they are now?

Lastly, I found the post on how to take off the glass, since I saw horrible dust and blotches on the screen, and after a thorough cleaning realized that they were on the INSIDE of the glass, not outside...
Thanks to the poster(s) who explained it could be done, and how...

CJ

*edit- forgot to add that when a few of my friends saw what a beautiful LCD I had gotten at such a steal (at that time it was a steal), they ran down to CompUSA and it was an error in the ad!! They were selling for about $1200, and the $999 was for an off-brand, much smaller set... I got lucky..
post #4997 of 5061
After reading through many posts on this un-godly huge thread wink.gif, I have a question... I've already mentioned the slight vertical band that shows up on the right side, hardly noticeable except at certain times when the scene is dark or darker colors like green and blue. Someone said they fixed it using a Wii?? Anyway to do it other than a wii?
Lastly, I have never updated the firmware (bought in 2008), but am not having any other issues with it. Should I lave well enough alone? What did the latest upgrade do/fix?
My only complaint of this unit (we have used it very heavily for almost 5 yrs) is having to push the darn source button over and over again, instead of simply pushing a single button for whichever source you wanted to use... That still bugs the heck out of me! But other than that, I have absolutely NO complaints, GREAT TV!
I do need to figure out the PIP thing though, I don't even know how to watch multiple channels.
I have coaxial connected going in via DVR. How does one get multiple TV channels on PIP?
Thanks again!

CJ
post #4998 of 5061
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Originally Posted by CJ60 View Post

I have the EXACT same line on my 747... Only shows up on darker colored screen, but I thought maybe it was a weak connection in my HDMI cable/connection... Guess not...
Anyway, great site!
I got my 747 in 2008 for $999 at CompUSA, and they only had 5 in stock. At that time, equivelant TV's of other brands were $1400 or more. I was so impressed, I bought a bunch of Stock in the company at $0.50/share, thinking such a great LCD maker could only go up, then when it hit $0.18/share, went belly up... Had to be very poor management, since they were one of the top LCD screen manufacturers in the world (built them for many top LCD companies besides Olevia... So I didn't lose all that much, but does anyone know if they just reformed, and if so, who they are now?
Lastly, I found the post on how to take off the glass, since I saw horrible dust and blotches on the screen, and after a thorough cleaning realized that they were on the INSIDE of the glass, not outside...
Thanks to the poster(s) who explained it could be done, and how...
CJ
*edit- forgot to add that when a few of my friends saw what a beautiful LCD I had gotten at such a steal (at that time it was a steal), they ran down to CompUSA and it was an error in the ad!! They were selling for about $1200, and the $999 was for an off-brand, much smaller set... I got lucky..

I too, used to go to Compusa to drool over the flat screens...It seemed to me that the ones that always caught my eye had one thing in common. They were all Olevia brand. I went to Microcenter on black friday in 2006, but failed to score a 42" Olevia (720 P) set. On Black Friday, 2007, I finally got my first Olevia, a 47" 247TFHD. That set was courtesy of Circuit City. After all the price matching,a 10% off coupon from AAA (?) and a $300 Gift from Directv, I paid $600 plus tax! My parents also bought the same set on the same day. That was a darn good set, that had a good picture.

My parents lost their set in a tornado, and I took them my 247, and I bought myself a 747i. The 747 was a "refurb" from Microcenter. I paid $599 plus Tax for the 747i which is easily the best deal I have ever found for such a great piece of engineering. This was in July of 2009, and Olevia, Compusa, and Circuit City had all went belly up by then.

Fast forward, I believe the Olevia Brand name was purchased out of bankruptcy by one of the Chinese screen manufacturers. The quality of the new sets is about what you would expect from a Chinese brand. (Think Haier!) YMMV to say the least.
post #4999 of 5061
I hate to tell you at this late date, but if you have or buy a Harmony remote, it can be programmed to directly go to channels without having to cycle through all the inputs.

If you are interested, you can probably find a post in the 247T FHD thread that has the particulars on what to do to get this to happen! My Harmony remotes work on all the Olevia sets. or so it seems.
post #5000 of 5061
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I hate to tell you at this late date, but if you have or buy a Harmony remote, it can be programmed to directly go to channels without having to cycle through all the inputs.
If you are interested, you can probably find a post in the 247T FHD thread that has the particulars on what to do to get this to happen! My Harmony remotes work on all the Olevia sets. or so it seems.
I am the person who posted the question. I forgot I had registered back in 2008....
I am a little confused when you say "directly go to channels without having to cycle thru the inputs"... Do you mean I could be in HDMI2 (Laptop) and go directly to Component 1 (Cable Receiver) by hitting channel up or something like that?
I will look into this Harmony remote...
Thanks for your reply!

Christof
post #5001 of 5061
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Lastly, I have never updated the firmware (bought in 2008), but am not having any other issues with it. Should I lave well enough alone? What did the latest upgrade do/fix?
I do need to figure out the PIP thing though, I don't even know how to watch multiple channels.
I have coaxial connected going in via DVR. How does one get multiple TV channels on PIP?
Thanks again!
CJ

Here are the release notes that accompany the last firmware update. (Dated 11-29-2007, so the odds are great that your set already has this version installed.

Olevia

Firmware Release History

-The Last Firmware Version: 747_V63.7.5
-The Last Firmware Release Date: 2007-1129

** Warning **
-This firmware is only compatible with TV with the FM number you provide.
-Make sure the FM number you provide is the same as your TV's before installing the firmware.
-It is highly recommended to download the instructions as a reference before installing.

-Firmware Version: 747_V63.7.5
-Release Date: 2007-1129
-Solve the issues below:
1. Improve Auto Calibration of Date & Time function.

-Firmware Version: 747_V63.7.2
-Release Date: 2007-0913
-Solve the issues below:
1. Sometimes TV shuts down when users change Source very often.
2. Sometimes TV shuts down when users use OSD a lot in Surfing mode.
3. Sometimes TV shuts down when users switch mode from Split to PIP or from PIP to Split very often.
4. Improve display performance of HDMI 480i.
5. Improve display performance of HDMI 1080i.
6. Improve display performance of HDMI 1080p.

-Firmware Version: 747_V63.7.2
-Release Date: 2007-0701
-Solve the issues below:
1. After executing Factory Default, the TV may shut down sometimes.
2. Compatible problem with PS3 in AV input.
3. When users turn on the TV, sometimes it is locked at Olveia logo.
4. When users switch the View function to PIP, sometimes the picture is not right.
post #5002 of 5061
Thanks, and you are probably right, as I bought mine in 2008, and if I remember correctly, it had a manufacture date on it of 2008 on the box... Haven't had any issues that I would regard as possible firmware glitches (knock on wood), so why worry?!
Thanks again!
post #5003 of 5061
I was very happy to find the thread today regarding how to remove the front glass... The humidity here in Florida has caused dust and a light film to coat the inside of the glass...
Question though... It adds SO much weight to the unit, and I was wanting to move it from bedroom (where I spent nearly 2 yrs in bed), to the front room. I remember when I bought it, and was in top physical shape, that it was a real pain for me and the old neighbor to carry that beast around. Would surely be easier to move with the glass off. But do I risk damaging something if I do that? What would be the harm if I just left the glass off? I know I have seen many LCD's with no thick glass on the front, and if you lightly pressed on them, you got this winnow swirl around where your figure was. I would guess that would be cause to probably damage pixels... So I know the glass is really a plus, but the weight is vicious...
Thanks.

Christof
post #5004 of 5061
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I am the person who posted the question. I forgot I had registered back in 2008....
I am a little confused when you say "directly go to channels without having to cycle thru the inputs"... Do you mean I could be in HDMI2 (Laptop) and go directly to Component 1 (Cable Receiver) by hitting channel up or something like that?
I will look into this Harmony remote...
Thanks for your reply!
Christof

Sorry for my poor answer. The Harmony remotes, I believe all of them. will change input source by sending a single signal to theOLEVIA tv, you DO NOT have to cycle through all the input sources.. There is a discrete IR signal for each input source. With a Harmony remote, step one, you input your equipment. (So if you have more than 5 different pieces of AV equipment,and you want to control it all with your universal remote, you will have to buy a more expensive remote, or opt to control some with the Universal remote, and some with the oem remotes) In your case, you would input the make and model number of your tv, and your cable tv receiver.

Activity one would be Laptop, You would define all the requirements. TV is on. Cable Box is off. Tv input is set to HDMI 2,

Activity two would be watch cable tv. You would again define all the requirements..TV is on Cable box is on TV is set to Component 1. When you push the button to change between these activities, The remote 1 turns on the cable box,2 changes the input on the tv to Component 1. If there is anything not working properly, you hit the Help key, and the remote asks you yes or no questions. Is the TV on Y or N if you say N, it sends another IR on command to the tv. If you say Y, it asks you is the tv set to the Component 1 input etc. etc.

Hope that is more clear!
post #5005 of 5061
Much, and thanks so much. Ordered the Harmony 300 thanks to you, 4 devices is plenty. I can only think of ever having 3 devices being used (TV, Cable, DVD) and it will handle 4 so it should do just fine.
And although "no box", $19.95 and free shipping can't be beat!
I like the idea of programming thru the computer too... Sounds pretty easy.

I'll let you know how it works out, probably won't have it for at least a week....

Thanks again for all your help!
post #5006 of 5061
If you have a DISH receiver when you scroll through the HDMI test it will show the year and week that your 747i was built. Mine was during the 16th week of 2007.
post #5007 of 5061
long time 747i owner can i get the latest firmware sent to sxmxmx@gmail.com ? also i've never wall mounted it because was worried about the weight. i'd like to wall mount the 747 in the bedroom. can anyone recommend a wall mounting kit that they know works with the 747?
Edited by sxmxmx - 9/11/12 at 3:04pm
post #5008 of 5061
I have had my Olevia 747 for a while now, it worked all fine until a few months ago when it started not displaying any image.

When turning it on, the blue led turns off (as usual), but nothing else happens. I'm used to the white background with the Olevia logo on it.

It used to work 1/3 of the time, but now it's more like 1/40 of the time. It's hell turning it on, but once it's on the image is perfectly fine.

I might have an old firmware version. I can't find a new version anywhere online (or instructions to update it). Could anyone help with that? Can somebody host it somewhere on a file upload site? I'm not too keen on writing my email on a public site like that.

Could it be something else than the firmware? I read somewhere it could be a faulty hardware bit and that plugging in a computer via the USB port should make it show an image. I have tried that, with little success.

I wish I didn't have to throw it away. The image is great on this TV.

Thanks!
post #5009 of 5061
so how bout that latest firmware update someone????? anyone know if the sanus VMPL3 will work with this
post #5010 of 5061
I am having some problems with my 747i and would like to try the latest firmware. I can not find it. Is there a copy of it available for download somewhere? Thanks for any help someone can provide!
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