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post #181 of 222
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Originally Posted by zulu789 View Post

Mine is a Panasonic TC-32LX70L.Maybe that is the reason.
Still trying to find ou how to access the service menu.....


LX70L? I got a LX70N, is there any difference? but I do have a "Demo" and "TV/Video" botton.
post #182 of 222
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Originally Posted by aitchdeeameye View Post

I used the Scientific Atlanta PVR code in the manual, works fine for me. Of course this would require that your cable box is in fact an SA box.

Thanks. For some reason I thought it wouldn't work, but it does.
post #183 of 222
If anyone is interested in the 26 inch model, CC has them at a very good price today with Free shipping....can't miss!
post #184 of 222
After searching this thread, I see that this unit does not have a VGA connector allowing for a "direct" PC connection. Is there another way to accomodate a PC monitor? If so, can someone please point me to a thread describing how to do this? Tnx very much.
post #185 of 222
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Originally Posted by gb1xyl1 View Post

Is there another way to accomodate a PC monitor?


Wouldn't the HDMI connector work? Is there issues with these tvs' HDCP borking up a computer connection?

Also, would anyone happen to know the dimensions of the box that the 26" unit comes in? Need to know if it would fit in my car. Thanks.

-Suntan
post #186 of 222
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

Also, would anyone happen to know the dimensions of the box that the 26" unit comes in? Need to know if it would fit in my car. Thanks.

-Suntan

30 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. WHD
post #187 of 222
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

Wouldn't the HDMI connector work? Is there issues with these tvs' HDCP borking up a computer connection?

Also, would anyone happen to know the dimensions of the box that the 26" unit comes in? Need to know if it would fit in my car. Thanks.

-Suntan

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Originally Posted by Dirac View Post

30 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. WHD

You must have a VW or a mini cooper?
post #188 of 222
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

You must have a VW or a mini cooper?

Well, sort of. I have an Audi A3.

Mostly, I remember the gi-normous box that my downstairs plasma came in. Panny does like to pack big boxes around their TVs. Although this should not be an issue to fit in the back.

-Suntan
post #189 of 222
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Originally Posted by gb1xyl1 View Post

After searching this thread, I see that this unit does not have a VGA connector allowing for a "direct" PC connection. Is there another way to accomodate a PC monitor? If so, can someone please point me to a thread describing how to do this? Tnx very much.

You'll need to use a DVI to HDMI cable to connect your computer to a LCD TV. So if your computer has a DVI connection then you can use a DVI to HDMI cable. I use one on my TC-LX70 32 inch. You can order the cable from monoprice.com. If you want to view high definition from your computer you'll have to get a computer video card that is HDCP capable.
post #190 of 222
Someone asked about the Demo buttom on top of the tv. I belive thats part of the first run of this series tv. I got mine when they first came out. I bought a samsung , a Sony and returned both. This tv satisfied me to no end. I posted some Blu Ray screen shots. They are not the best pictures but it will give you an idea of how good the picture on this tv is.They are under my name Nismor2 just scroll down:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...778604&page=16
post #191 of 222
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Originally Posted by 1_budz View Post

If you want to view high definition from your computer you'll have to get a computer video card that is HDCP capable.

Or get AnyDVD HD.

-Suntan
post #192 of 222
I fit the 26incher in my '07 Honda Civic back seat...no problem
post #193 of 222
Does anyone have a problem with receiving unencrypted HD broadcast through regular coax cable ? Comcast in the SF bay area seems to broadcast their unencrypted HD channels (ABC,NBC,PBS) through channels 700 and above and my Panny LX-70 does not seem to catch any of those broadcasts . Anybody seen anything similar ? Or am I missing something ?

A quick check shows that the panny lx-70 has 135 channels (that's the max range of the remote?), so no go for channels above that ???
post #194 of 222
Did you do the channel scan? Make sure you set it for cable, and digital (or both digital and analog) before you run it. My cable system has its channels in the higher numbers too (700s), but they appear to be artificially mapped there, because my TV tunes to them at places like 102-1 and 105-2.
post #195 of 222
Hi Dirac,

Thanks for the quick reply. No I didn't do a channel scan ( although I had a hunch I would warrant something similar), I just hooked up the coax cable ( well, the cable guy did it ) from the set top box to the TV and I went straight to channel 700s and above. I will do the channel scan once I get home from work. Having a set top box would not prevent a channel scan, would it ? cuz I see the cable only on channel 3 from the set top box ( I'm a newbie in this topic ) or I can hook up the cable wire straight to the TV ( set top box is for on-demand stuff, which can wait).
post #196 of 222
I see what you're saying. You'll need the cable set-top box to get all your cable channels. What I was describing is if you're trying to use the tuner built in to your TV by connecting the cable directly to the TV, but it will only work for the unencrypted channels. Here, those channels are the Big 4, PBS, a Weather Channel feed and an NBC Weather Plus feed. Even the "basic" cable channels are usually protected, and you'll need to go through the set top box.

You'll get better picture and sound quality if you connect the cable box to your TV with HDMI or component, if the box has those connections, just like you would a DVD player.
post #197 of 222
So, there is no way to get the unencrypted HD channels if I use the set top box ? I'm not sure of your comment about most channels being protected, I do see all the channels if I directly hook up the the coax cable from the cable outlet in my apt to the antenna in of my TV.

So, would I be able to perform a channel scan (and get the unencrypted HD channels ) even if I'm hooked up through a set top box ? or would I need to bypass the set top box in order to perform the channel scan ?

Thanks in advance

Edit : How do I perform a channel scan ? thought it'd be intuitive , press the cable button on the TV remote and ... ?????

Edit 2 : Never min, found the channel scan part
post #198 of 222
No offense, but you still seem to be a little confused on the basics. I'll try to point you in the right direction... much more is out there but hopefully this is a start.

The cable feed the cableco sends you contains both digital (QAM) and analog signals. The analog signals can be viewed just fine by any "cable ready" set... those are the channels we're all used to seeing from 2 to 78. The digital channels are what your set top box is receiving and decoding. They are in a higher frequency band than the analog channels, and the STB "maps" them to channel numbers, according to however the cableco decides to set up its program lineup. (So, one company's channel 701 can be a different frequency than another's). From this point it goes from the STB to your TV through a standard video connection like component, S-Video, or HDMI (which also carries audio), just like any other source, be it a DVD player, VCR... you get the idea.

The confusion seems to be with the "unencrypted" part. The analog signal you're getting on all your cable ready TVs without STBs is unencrypted (unscrambled, unblocked, ...). Some digital channels are also unencrypted, and need to be decoded by a digital tuner that supports QAM (which your tuner does, as well as ATSC for off-air digital signals).

Here we only get 7 unencrypted digital channels. The rest, you need a cableco STB to get in digital. That's so they can control what you can receive based on what level package you buy. HD channels have to be sent digitally because they require more bandwidth than a traditional analog channel provides, so you can only view them with an STB, or the built-in digital tuner for the unencrypted digital channels.

Spend some time in the manual getting familiar with all the settings--that will give you some more pointers. The channel scan is in the Setup menu, Program Channel, and make sure it's set to Cable and it should be intuitive from there. Unfortunately, modern consumer electronics have become complicated enough so not everything is intuitive and you really need to read up on them to use many features. The good thing is that they are much more capable than products of even 5 years ago.

You could split the cable and run one to the STB and one to the TV, but I really don't see a practical reason to do that. Why are you trying to bypass the STB in the first place?
post #199 of 222
Thanks for the cable tv 101 , that was illuminating.

I don't want to bypass the STB, all I want is to get the 5-7 HD channels that are broadcast unencrypted. Since my STB connects(maps?) to channel 3 of my TV and I change channels by controlling the STB, my initial thinking was, I would be unable to perform channel scan if my TV is connected to the STB ( since all channels go to channel 3 etc etc etc .... ) , but now things are a bit clearer, I should be able to perform the scan and map the unencrypted HD channels to other channels in my TV even if it's connected to a STB.

Thanks for all the input, I appreciate it.
post #200 of 222
If you're viewing your STB through channel 3, you're getting the worst audio/video quality possible. Isn't there another way to connect the STB to your TV? S-Video, Composite, Component, HDMI? The STB should be able to tune those unencrypted digitals, and if it is HD you'll need to connect it with component or HDMI to view the HD channels in high-definition anyway.

Maybe the issue is your STB is NOT an HD box? That would make more sense and now I think I understand what you're trying to do. In that case, either get (lease/rent) an HD STB from your cableco and connect it via HDMI or component, or split the coax from the wall and run one to the STB and one to the TV. Either way, you don't want to connect the STB to the TV with a coax cable... use dedicated audio/video cables and the appropriate inputs on the TV for this. You'll be impressed.
post #201 of 222
Yes, my STB is as non-HD as it can get , there is no other video out port than the coax. May be I need to pay comcast ~10 bucks to get the HD STB and try connecting through the HDMI/Component of that.

Tried running a channel scan with the STB connected, the tv gave me only channel 3 and some other channel 84, no idea what's going on here, I'll try the channel scan with the coax connected directly to my TV and see what comes out.
post #202 of 222
Which picture mode setting on the 32lx700, Warm or Normal, is closest to 6500K?
post #203 of 222
Ahh ... finally can see some HD channels on my TV , damn Comcast in my area does not have any HD-STB in any of their stores, so can't see espn on HD yet.

I see most of my free HD channel (ABC,NBC et al) broadcast shrinking to 4:3 format, is that normal ? isn't HD supposed to be 16:9 by default ? I have to manually change the aspect ratio to "just" to cover the full screen.

Did anyone figure out how to enter the service menu of a US Panny lx70 ? din't see any response to that yet ( or did I miss it ? )
post #204 of 222
Not all shows are broadcast in 16x9... check TV listings on the web to see which shows are HD--almost all HD shows are broadcast in 16x9 aspect ratio. So if you're only seeing some programming in 4x3, you might be seeing it as intended. But most non-reality prime-time network shows are HD 16x9 now. If it looks like it's "shrinking" to 4x3, you probably want it set to "full" instead of "just" because "just" distorts the image horizontally, stretching it more at the edges.

And, you're not the only one that hasn't seen a way to get in the service menu... but unless you know what you want to do, you may do more harm than good by going in there and changing things. For example, you can disable the remote entirely in my plasma's "hidden" menu, which is kind of bad since there's only 4 or so buttons on the set itself.
post #205 of 222
Does anyone know the release date for the 32lz800?
post #206 of 222
I've seen nothing on the LZ800, but it's non-premium cousin the LX85 is available for preorder and ships in late March according to Panasonic's EPP site.
post #207 of 222
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Originally Posted by lewewoo View Post

I just bought a Panasonic TC32LX700, and I found TV pictures and sound delay for 15 seconds after I switch on the TV; is it normal or not? what can i do if this is a problem? exchange? I bought it from Futureshop.
Thanks a lot!

I've had a TC-26LX70 for a year and a half. The startup delay has been growing over time. The current time is about 14 seconds, which seems excessive. I know it's growing because I have a universal remote programmed to wait for the TV to start up before the remote sends a command to change the TV video source. I've had to increase the delay twice already in the past 3 months. I wouldn't mind the delay so much if it were consistent.

I'm getting the TV HDMI input signal from a DVI-D to HDMI converter cable off of a Windows Vista Media Center Nvidia 7600GT video card. The latest delay increase happened right after installing Vista SP1. I read somewhere that the HDMI hand-shaking might have something to do with the startup delays. I might try disconnecting the HDMI cable to see if that affects the startup delay. I'm not sure if this model supports firmware upgrades, but that would be worth a try if the delays are a bug that got fixed in a later release.
post #208 of 222
Update: I cut the TC-26LX70 start-up time in half by doing a full reset. Kind of a pain, since I had to re-set all of the video settings and lost all of the programmed digital channels. This doesn't explain where the delay is coming from, but at least it's a work-around. Unplugging the HDMI cable had no effect on the startup time. This model doesn't support firmware upgrades via SD card either.

Now I'm thinking that the delay increases are happening after it does an auto-program of the digital cable channels. That was the last thing I did before the start delay went up again. Maybe that's why the reset brought the startup time back to the original. Seems like a bug or memory leak to me.
post #209 of 222
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Originally Posted by onward View Post

Update: I cut the TC-26LX70 start-up time in half by doing a full reset. Kind of a pain, since I had to re-set all of the video settings and lost all of the programmed digital channels. This doesn't explain where the delay is coming from, but at least it's a work-around. Unplugging the HDMI cable had no effect on the startup time. This model doesn't support firmware upgrades via SD card either.

Now I'm thinking that the delay increases are happening after it does an auto-program of the digital cable channels. That was the last thing I did before the start delay went up again. Maybe that's why the reset brought the startup time back to the original. Seems like a bug or memory leak to me.

I have a TC-32LX70 with a build date of May 2007. My delay runs about five to six seconds. Maybe it's my setup: a Cox Motorola HD box hooked up via component. I've never done a reset or upgraded the firmware. HTH.
post #210 of 222
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Originally Posted by Dirac View Post

I've seen nothing on the LZ800, but it's non-premium cousin the LX85 is available for preorder and ships in late March according to Panasonic's EPP site.

the lx85 is available at a few websites like amazon and 6ave
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