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Panasonic Viera Tc-p50v10 50" Plasma Hdtv - Tips And Tricks Thread

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Well this is posted from another site, so I make no claims as to its validity or saftey...

1. Enter Service Menu (Hold Vol. - down on the TV while pressing the INFO button on the remote 3 times).

2. Press the {2} button on the remote 1 time, to go to SRV-TOOL.

3. Press the {OK} button. A blue grid will appear with the following information.

TD2Mictocode: 81c00011

Flash ROM: 1-227E

PTCT :00.00.00.00.00

4. Cursor down to the PTCT :00.00.00.00.00 line and then cursor over to the right to highlight the empty box.

5. Press and hold the {MUTE} button on the remote for 3 seconds.

The TIME / COUNT info will be displayed in Hours and Minutes of Operation.

6. To exit, press and hold the {POWER} button on the TV for 2 seconds.

The display will re-start by itself.

<<<< WARNING - WARNING - WARNING >>>>

The {VOL+} and {VOL -} buttons are used to change

values in the Service Menu. Make sure not to touch

those buttons anytime while checking the hours used.

Any chance of letting me know your firmware version??

Thanks, I'll give it a go tonight, as well as checking the firmware version.

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anyone else's TV buzzing ever when it is turned off? I know that sounds stupid, but it appears to be happening to me (made a separate thread about it)

also I'm pretty impressed with the lack of image retention so far. when I do get a bit it disappears within seconds

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anyone else's TV buzzing ever when it is turned off? I know that sounds stupid, but it appears to be happening to me (made a separate thread about it)

also I'm pretty impressed with the lack of image retention so far. when I do get a bit it disappears within seconds

No buzzing here. Ive only used the TV once, but it's still on on standby.

Also Im not sure what to expect with IR. When I watched the TV yesterday I had 7 on for a little while and could notice a faded patch for a short time afterwards where the logo had been (in THX mode).

P.S. any luck with any Firmware versions... pretty please.

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No buzzing here. Ive only used the TV once, but it's still on on standby.

Also Im not sure what to expect with IR. When I watched the TV yesterday I had 7 on for a little while and could notice a faded patch for a short time afterwards where the logo had been (in THX mode).

P.S. any luck with any Firmware versions... pretty please.

Firmware is 4200-10000

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Firmware is 4200-10000

Thank you most kindly. After all that its the same as mine, which surprises me given the early build date of my set? Oh well.. at least Im not missing out on anything (software wise at least)

P.S how did you get on with the service menu?

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Thank you most kindly. After all that its the same as mine, which surprises me given the early build date of my set? Oh well.. at least Im not missing out on anything (software wise at least)

P.S how did you get on with the service menu?

mine is a July 09 build as well. I just attempted a manual firmware update but 4200-10000 is the latest.

Service menu worked a treat thank you! 25 hours up since Friday !

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Also Im not sure what to expect with IR. When I watched the TV yesterday I had 7 on for a little while and could notice a faded patch for a short time afterwards where the logo had been (in THX mode).

This is sounding like a concern for me in my bid to buy a new Plasma TV. Is IR really so prevalent and quick to manifest itself on all plasma's?

I think it would drive me nuts....For a supposedly mature technology, I was under the impression IR was a rare occurence???

Shoud I consider LCD's?!?!

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IR (image retention) is NOT burn in and is nothing to worry about, its much more prevalent when a Plasma is new and should not be an issue when it is run in and appropriate contrast settings are used.

If you can put up with LCD picture quality then by all means buy one.

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IR (image retention) is NOT burn in and is nothing to worry about, its much more prevalent when a Plasma is new and should not be an issue when it is run in and appropriate contrast settings are used.

If you can put up with LCD picture quality then by all means buy one.

Fair enough Owen, very relieving to hear that it should not be an issue after run-in...!

Was going to steer from the Pana50V10 to a 46 Sony z5500.... Not to hijack but is that a big step down in picture quality?

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For a start you are going from a 50” to a 46”, not a good move imho. As for “picture quality”, I will let you be the judge of that, many people like LCD’s, if you do as well don’t be ashamed go for one, just don’t be sucked in by over colourful, over bright images, after a while that tend to loose their appeal. ;)

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del.

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So Owen, decent price for the 50V10A with 4 years EW? Anything under $3000?

Anything under $2800 is good.

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Got mine yesterday and done some basic playing - anybody got some good settings yet ?

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Got mine yesterday and done some basic playing - anybody got some good settings yet ?

I'll be looking for some soon, but havent had much good tv time yet,

There are some reviews -overseas ones - for the v10 that contain settings, but I am wary as to whether they would translate. I think they should, but with all the little variations they have in the models from one country to another I remain sceptical.

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Any gamers I have a very important setting for this tv!

Earlier post I complained about motion lag on games. This morning I hooked my Bravia 200hz 52" LCD to do side by side tests with my pana v10 58. Interesting results,

motion lag - the Sony handles this much better to my surpise. The pana definately showed a more jittery movement when the camera panned fast. After an hour of testing and concluding the pana was simply worse off, I decided go "cinema mode" and activated "intelligent frame creation". This mode gets smashed on most forums, but let me tell you it made the pana just as good as the LCD. It in my comparison is anabsolure MUST for gaming!

Its also important I found to keep contrast and brightness under 50. As soon as you go over the motion lag becomes more noticable with each increase.

The colurs and pop from the pana was far superior to the LCD, and is now the best gaming tv I have seen.

Movies- the pana destroys the LCD easily here, using THX so "intelligent frame creation" is not active. This setting on movies makes the picture unstable, so THX is definately the way to go.

Hope this helps, in very happy with the pana!

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Tried the PS3 last night - the kids played Spiderman and PES 2010, both looked very nice in Normal mode. Will try the suggestion above tonight and I did notice some jump in Spiderman.

Have no Bluray discs yet but a couple of trailers downloaded looked great in THX, Casino Royale in particular. Still think I can get better with a couple of tweaks though, plus more hours to bed it in. Upscaled DVDs looked great too.

Finally, with great trepidation I hooked up the SD Austar box expecting the worst. And really, I was quite surprised. Obviously not as great as the upscaled stuff but watchable in Normal mode and not as bad as I thought it would be, definitely better than some SD I see on others cheap sets. Not "blocky" at all - was watching the Championship and Fox Sports FC last night and some games looked great. Others not so good so it seemed dependant on the source material. Hoping the DVD recorder will upscale a bit better when I get it.

Oh, and plugged in a photo card for a quick slideshow - very, very nice if your photos are of a decent resolution.

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Definately try and compare on gaming with IFC on and off. I found with constant swapping to my LCD it was a major improvement with it on. I agree with you on sd photos, I put our holiday from Fiji and look amazing. The ease of showing photos is fantastic, I really am so impressed with this tv. I was on a mission this morning to figure out this motion lag problem, and now it's all resolved, time to enjoy this beauty with NO more over analysing. I guess you will find problems in anything if you look hard enough, so my greatest tip is find good settings, then stop searching forums for improvement :)

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I have joined the V series club after many good years with my 500A!

I love my 50" V series Panasonic TV, I've got contrast down for the first 50-100 hours for now and all movie zoom so no borders!

I love the blacks that this produces, blew me away watching BD of Dark Night! Foxtel looks ok SD version!

Haven't messed around much with setting yet but THX mode with Blu Rays looks very nice to me! Game mode for games seem fine!

2 days in and I'm a happy camper!

P.S And a big Kiss and Hug to the wife for saying (Ok you can get your new tele)

CHeers,

MC. :P

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I found something pretty cool with this set. It seems the reason I was noticing the motion blur was because the tv had revealed the flaws of my ps3 and xbox. I tried my beast of a computer, and the issue I had was most games on ps3 and xbox run at 30fps. At 60fps it is silky smooth!!!

My old LCD actually had more motion issues which made me adjust to a very subtle blur with judder, whilst the pana only had the judder of 30fps which is why it seemed exaggerated. What a tv!!

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All,

I asked this question in a previous post, but it may have got lost in amongst a number of other questions so I hope you dont mind if I ask again.

Is there anyway on my V10 of being able to see what is being received by the TV in terms of Res and RR. The reason I ask is that I am an HTPC user, and whilst trying to set it up for the new panel I have become paranoid that I am not getting the set up right on the PC. If I were able to see what is actually being received by the panel it would be a great help.

Thanks

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All,

I asked this question in a previous post, but it may have got lost in amongst a number of other questions so I hope you dont mind if I ask again.

Is there anyway on my V10 of being able to see what is being received by the TV in terms of Res and RR. The reason I ask is that I am an HTPC user, and whilst trying to set it up for the new panel I have become paranoid that I am not getting the set up right on the PC. If I were able to see what is actually being received by the panel it would be a great help.

Thanks

When using AV inputs the panel displays the res at which they are connected, e.g when i change input to my xbox360 it shows it is connected at 1080P, foxtel at 576P etc. is that what you mean ?

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