Originally Posted by GiacomoITA
I own a TX-P42G10E with serious black level issues so I ordered the PMCv2 from Audiodane's ebay page, at the end of October I received the device, installed it following the instruction guide contained in the packet but It didn't restore the original black level (the panel remained "grey" as before).
First I tried the automatic operation but it didn't work, so I also tried the manual operation (several times) but it didn't work again. Then I tried the undo operation (but I don't know if it worked because I couldn't see differences in black levels...) and tried again the automatic and manual restoration again but the black levels remained the same as before!
So I also tried to update the TV firmware from the preinstalled original one (1.206) to the latest available version (1.216 for G10E model) but the device doesn’t restore the black level not even with with this firmware (automatically and manually).
The device is supposed to work because I followed Dane's guide step by step and the LEDs blink properly as described, the TV shows no picture when turned on after the installation and my TV model is supported so I haven't any explanation why it doesn't restore black level. Obviously I followed the non-US model procedure, I also tried the US version and in fact the LEDs don't blink in this mode.
I really can't understand why the black levels aren't restored, I haven't technical instruments to measure it but my eyes see grey as before the installation (it's not light black, it's actually more grey than black! I’ve seen some pictures of other TV owners and the difference between before and after is very remarkable).
Now I only hope that the TV doesn’t recognise the current timer status as “new” and from now on restarts to raise the black level again!
Has someone any idea why my TV remains grey instead going back to the original black? I would appreciate every suggestions. I hope I can find a solution here on this forum since I haven't had email replyes from Dane.
Hi Giacomo. Sorry, we're into the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays here in the USA, and it's becoming REALLY busy at our house.. I was also on work travel from Wed-Fri of this past week, which slowed everything down even more. All told I have around 100 emails from the last three days have are still marked "unread."
Hmm, that sounds strange that the device hasn't seemed to work for you. As mironto already mentioned, it's been proven to work on that model before. Based on what I bolded
above in your previous post, it looks like the PMCv2 is, in-fact, doing exactly what it's supposed to do. What mode do you have your screen on? Do you have it on cinema, game, custom, THX, etc? Also, since the LED blink patterns and TV response seem to be occurring as described in the instructions (non-USA instructions, of course), you can flip the UND/GO switch towards UND ("undo") and repeat the process (TV out of standby). This will put whatever value was in your TV to begin with back into your TV, as if the PMCv2 was never even installed. You can then flip the switch back to "RUN" and have the PMCv2 reset the panel counter once again. You can repeat this back-and-forth as many times as you'd like -- no damage will occur to your TV at all. That way you can check in a dark room before-and-after ... you can change settings on your TV (brightness, "THX" mode, etc) and try before/after again. I am curious along the same lines as mironto that you might have some other settings on your TV that are making the background more grey than expected. Do you have a dark Bluray movie that you can put in and pause on a particularly dark scene and perform before-after comparisons using known dark screen content?
Let us know how it goes!
Originally Posted by VA_DaveB
Yep, I always miss out on deals like this. I was shopping for my wife on Cyber Monday and was totally oblivious to this. I only looked here today because the thread was up top and showed up on the main forum screen. Still using my 2008 TH-46PZ800U with over 25,000 hours on it!
Sorry you missed the deal, VA_DaveB. If you want to subscribe to the update mailing list, next time I run a special you'll be notified! I haven't yet decided if I'm going to do a Christmas special yet or not. The Cyber Monday deal was a pretty good success in reducing my stock.. Alternatively, if anyone has any quality green (532nm) laser pointers for trade, shoot me an note (here, email, website all ok)... I'm in the market for several.. (no, I don't want a $5 eBay special)