Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by ggp159, Mar 21, 2004.
I know how to enter it is it legal though for me to say it to other people?
Put the unit on standby.Press the channel info button and wait 3-4 seconds. Then press left,up,left,right and then the orange button that puts the panel to standby. The panel should switch on displaying the service menu. Enjoy!
Forgive me for maybe asking a naive question .. but what extra options do you have in service mode ?
Lots to allow you to really screw the thing up
Channel Info button? do you mean EPG? and do you mean press & hold for 3-4 secs or press, release & wait.
[Edited] OK, I've got it....but what does it all mean? as Gordon says "lots to screw up!"
most interesting is the timer (ours has now done 250 hours....must be nearly time to refill the gas <grin>), bearing in mind the oft repeated exhortatations to keep the brightness down for the first 100+ hours to minimise screen burn.
Gordon, I presume this is the kind of stuff you'd be fiddling around with as part of the ISF calibration?
As the ISF RS232 control software is not yet available that is the area I have been using to work on these models just now
If you screw up, will the reset button save you?
Could anyone list out the major items on the menu?
If you screw up in the service menu, you are screwed! Write down the settings before changing anything.
Gordon, does that mean still no formal calibration is possible? Any idea when that might be do-able?
How can i see how many hours the panel has been on? any ideas?
Go into the service menu and scroll through the pages (using the channel up/down buttons). On about the 3rd or 4th page you will see the hours counter. There are 2 of them and I'm not sure what the differences are other than on mine they are about 2 hours apart.
It looks like one might be for the media receiver and the other for the panel.
I may be wrong,but thats my interpretation too,Brogan.More worryingly for me is that the difference between the two is 83 hours..........
The ISF mode cal for the US models allows two independant ISF modes per input I believe. We do not know whether the software for the US models will even work and give you this with European models. Possibly not.
So just now the only solution is to use this service menu and to calibrate different settings dependant on incoming signal type. In this regard it is possible to do a greyscale calibration on these units just now. It might be possible to do it differently (possibly with more accuracy but this is unknown) in the future.
I don't own a Pioneer 504/434, but I am looking to purchase.
Can anyone tell me if in the Service Menu there are adjustments for the overscan, and also if the menu is easy to navigate, and hence make adjustments.
Based on my demonstrations so far, I would say the RGB and S-video are overscanned to a large degree, but component seems not too bad (I haven't checked with HDMI).
Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
No overscan adjustment.
i've tried this and it doesn't seem to work??
do you press and hold or wait a few seconds?? i've triede both and nothing!
Do exactly as it says in the original post:
Put the unit into standby
Press and release the channel info button and wait 3-4 seconds
Press left, up, left, right and then the orange button that puts the panel to standby
The panel should switch on displaying the service menu
This does not work on my 434.
Damn fool question, I know, but are you pressing the right "first" button? It took me a while to discover which is the correct one (it's on the right hand side of the remote, next to "0", with i+ on it, Duh! ).
Rags = dipstick.
i was using the right button and it never worked. Tried again last night and on my 4th go it worked!!! 212hrs!!
That's how long you've been trying to get the service menu up?!
got there in the end!
One of the (costly) advantages of using an external processor is that you can get around the overscan issue by resizing each input on the processor; you can set the output of the video processor to ensure you don't loose anything due to overscan in the R04 Media Box.
Of course now that the 43MXE1 and 50MXE1 units are (just about) available possible you could consider one of those instead (plus a video processor) - no HDCP via DVI (for now) but third party HDCP cards on the way.
Any date for the A304 yet ? Still very keen on your thoughts on it especially with the 433 - and especially given the hit/miss reviews on the US forum. Some folks seem to get all wrapped up in the native rate and d/a+a/d issues.
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