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I never noticed it until I was up close looking at the panel for any unusual screen issues. It's not noticable at all until you're looking for it. Just curious if anybody else has the same spots in the corners.


I've noticed in the 4 corners of my 64" F8500..there are small bubbles in each corner. They are limited to the blank border strip and not onto the screen. Assuming it's just the filter reacting from the heat of the tv. I have about 2000 hours on the set. Is this normal?
I haven't looked/noticed any on my set and I have never heard about anyone else having this phenomen so I would not call it normal.
 

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I never noticed it until I was up close looking at the panel for any unusual screen issues. It's not noticable at all until you're looking for it. Just curious if anybody else has the same spots in the corners.
I will take a closer look when I get back home.
 

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Hey guys. Not sure if this is the best place to post my question, or if there's a specific thread for troubleshooting, but I'll pay it anyway and you can let me know 😉. I have recently acquired the 60" version of this tv for free, and it is non functional. I'm not very good with electronic circuit boards, but there are no obvious defects (blown caps, burn marks, etc). I have a standby light, and when I turn the tv on, the power light with blink slowly and continuously, and the screen will flicker for a split second, then go blank for a few seconds (10ish), and then it will display HDMI 1 in one corner, and a symbol -:- in the other. At this point, the tv will become unresponsive. Pressing any button on the smart remote, or the spare standard remote I have has no effect. After about 20 or 30 seconds, the tv will power cycle in its own (you can hear a click) , starting the whole process over again. While it's on, the green light on the main board flashes as well. Any suggestions as to what to try/check next?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Does anyone know a service man that could get a hold of those logic board files?
Surely it would bother noone as this tv is not sold anymore

Would be very nice

Anyone had this applied and/or know if we can get hold of it anywhere?

SERVICE BULLETIN
PRODUCT:pDP TV
BULLETIN NUMBER: ASC20150408001
BULLETIN DATE: 04/08/2015
MODELS: PN51F8500, PN60F8500, PN64F8500

SUBJECT: Distorted video / flickering in black or dark scenes when Black Optimizer is on
SYMPTOM: The picture gets distorted or displays a ghosting/flickering image in black or dark scenes when the Black Optimizer feature is turned on.
REPAIR: Upgrade the Logic board software. Please follow the steps below.
1. Create a folder named “PDP_LOGIC” in the root directory of a USB thumb drive.
2. Download the proper Logic S/W file. See the below table.
CAUTION: MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT FILE FOR EACH MODEL. FAILURE TO DO SO
MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE TV SET.

Model File Name
PN51F8500 Logic_51.bin
PN60F8500 Logic_60.bin
PN64F8500 Logic_64.bin

3. Rename the logic file from LOGIC_xx.bin to LOGIC.bin, and then save it into the PDP_LOGIC folder on the USB drive.
4. Insert the USB thumb drive into the TV’s USB port.
5. Go to Factory Menu → SVC → Upgrade → Logic USB D/L.
6. Press Enter to select Logic USB D/L.
7. Press the right arrow on the remote control to start the upgrade. The value will change to “Upgrading”. Please wait until the process is completely finished. The TV will restart when done.
CAUTION: Do not turn TV off during this process to avoid damage to TV.
8. Note the new logic board version on the top level of the factory menu.

This information is published for experienced repair technicians only and is not intended for use by the public. It does not contain warnings to advise non-technical
individuals of possible dangers in attempting to service a product. Only experienced professional technicians should repair products powered by electricity. Any
attempt to service or repair the product or products dealt with in this information by anyone else could result in serious injury or death. Information provided in this
bulletin is subject to change or update without notice.
 

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What is your opinion on leaving the 64F8500 on standby or cutting the power completely while not in use?
Ever since I did the capacitor soldering, my wife insists on pulling the plug after setting it to standby but
I wonder if that could have shortened the life of the power supply board (which died for me two weeks ago)?
 

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What is your opinion on leaving the 64F8500 on standby or cutting the power completely while not in use?
Ever since I did the capacitor soldering, my wife insists on pulling the plug after setting it to standby but
I wonder if that could have shortened the life of the power supply board (which died for me two weeks ago)?
I don't know for sure if pulling the plug can shorten the life of anything; I am a bit suspicious that it can, because electronic components don't really like being hard power cycled. But don't take that as truth, because I a not that qualified.


What I am pretty sure of, is that you do NOT need to unplug the TV, ever. My understanding (from this forum) is that the root of the capacitor problem is heat. The F8500 runs really hot, and Samsung used ceramic caps that were not rated for the level of heat that develops inside the unit.


Idling in standby is not hot.
 

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Well, since these sets don't have a hard power on/off button, I suspect they are only designed for going to/from standby mode and might not tolerate a hard power cycle each day for 7-8 years.
 

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Hey I have firmware 1112
Should I leave it alone. Only connected to net day of setup , but I know black levels decreased, after even the earliest FW updates. Anyone familiar with FW numbers let me know if I'm in a good place, or should I update?
 

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Hey I have firmware 1112
Should I leave it alone. Only connected to net day of setup , but I know black levels decreased, after even the earliest FW updates. Anyone familiar with FW numbers let me know if I'm in a good place, or should I update?
BTW I have no issues with buzzing or panel noise. And I mean none. No lighting issues either.
 

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What is your opinion on leaving the 64F8500 on standby or cutting the power completely while not in use?
Ever since I did the capacitor soldering, my wife insists on pulling the plug after setting it to standby but
I wonder if that could have shortened the life of the power supply board (which died for me two weeks ago)?
Probably not but be sure to blame it on her. ;)
 

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I'll chime in here. I am currently running on 8500 hours on a 51" F8500 plasma that I bought brand new in 2015 for $1100. Mostly watch hockey, football, and Netflix. Zero issues except for the minor buzzing but you can only hear it up close. The picture is still phenomenal to this day and I have no reason to switch until it dies. My brother is a tech snob and he recently had to buy a new OLED because his old LG plasma died. Let's just say he offered to buy my F8500 several times since then and every time some of my friends or family come over to watch the games they are usually saying, "Wow, the picture on this TV looks great." I just chuckle and smirk. I hope it lasts forever.
 

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I'll chime in here. I am currently running on 8500 hours on a 51" F8500 plasma that I bought brand new in 2015 for $1100. Mostly watch hockey, football, and Netflix. Zero issues except for the minor buzzing but you can only hear it up close. The picture is still phenomenal to this day and I have no reason to switch until it dies. My brother is a tech snob and he recently had to buy a new OLED because his old LG plasma died. Let's just say he offered to buy my F8500 several times since then and every time some of my friends or family come over to watch the games they are usually saying, "Wow, the picture on this TV looks great." I just chuckle and smirk. I hope it lasts forever.
Haha I love it! I'm still enjoying my 60".

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Is there an alternate third-party stand for these like there is for the Kuros? My table is narrow enough that this TV would hang off the sides if its entire width is a stand.
 

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Is there an alternate third-party stand for these like there is for the Kuros? My table is narrow enough that this TV would hang off the sides if its entire width is a stand.

Just search Amazon for universal table TV stand.
 
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