What do I need to check on my new Panny Plasma?

the thing wnn

Well-known Member
Hi all,

My new Panasonic 42" Plasma is being dropped off this evening.
The guys delivering it will be waiting to unpack it and let me check it b4 they leave.

What do I have to look out for?
I'll put a signal into it and check for dead pixels.
I'll also listen for the 'buzzing' issue.

Is there anything else I should check before they leave.

:D :D :D

thanks guys and gals
 
J

jmack

Guest
if its not new a would check for any screen burn
but any dead or stuck pixells would be the main thing.
 

the thing wnn

Well-known Member
hey hey,

its here.
no dead pixels, lovely!
using the JS RGB-VGA box - top picture, thank you Dr John!

quick connection question for all you plasma old hands...

How do you connect your video recorder to it all?

I've got a scart from my video going into my cable box,
then a scart from my cable box into the JS box,
then VGA to plasma.
cable works fine, but playing a video produces a black screen.

Is this because video is not outputting RGB?
If so, how do you all connect it all up to tape off cable/sky
and watch this (& old pre-rec'd vids) on the plasma?

:confused: :confused:

Thanks for all your help.

Can't wait to try out DVD through it, still waiting for my new player though:(

:D :D :D
 

ajb

Active Member
Hi

You can't get RGB out of your VCR. Leave all the connections as they are at the moment so ensure that you can still record off cable and watch cable.

If your VCR has another scart socket unused, then get a scart to 3xBNC lead and connect the composite (probably the yellow) BNC into the BNC socket on the plasma. Picture quality won't be as good as the RGB->VGA off the cable box, but it'll mean you can still watch the video.

Hope this helps
Andrew
 

symanski

Active Member
Originally posted by the thing wnn

using the JS RGB-VGA box - top picture, thank you Dr John!

Thanks.


but playing a video produces a black screen.

Is this because video is not outputting RGB?

Yes, it's because your VCR isn't outputing an RGB signal. No RGB is effectively a black image. As ajb states, you need to take a second feed from the VCR to your video input on your screen. There's nothing that can be done externally to improve the quality of a VHS picture that your screen isn't doing internally.

There is a way to have an input and output video signal for a VCR on the one SCART input if this is required. SCART has video in/out and audio in/out for composite video, but isn't supported for S-Video or RGB signals.

All the best,

John.
 

the thing wnn

Well-known Member
thanks for all the tips guys.

been watching lots of golf and footy in glorious anamorphic widescreen on the panny

WOW!

one happy bunny here.

will get a scart to composite cable tomorrow and go from there on the video front. Typical of an old and dying technology to not offer RGB output!

more questions from me to all you panny owners:

any advice on screen settings?
brightness, contrast, gamma, white level etc?
what about all those settings on the second page?

worried about the logo burn during golf, so have been running white scroll bar occasionally.
I am sure I read somewhere about a way to set this up so it runs for a while b4 switching it off.
I can see how you set it to run at a certain time, but not when you go to switch it off.
Any ideas?

otherwise, i can't wait till I get my prog scan DVD player this week!

thanks again for all your helpful replies!!:D
 
J

JaseyJay

Guest
Originally posted by the thing wnn
thanks for all the tips guys.


worried about the logo burn during golf, so have been running white scroll bar occasionally.


Turn the contrast and brigthness way down - get an AVIA disc or similar for DVD calibration. I've had mine for a few months now and watch SKY golf and footy regularly. Never had a problem or hint of after image. Also, as there are adverts every 15 mins or so its like runing the scrolling bar IMO.

Have fun - every time I get home and switch it on I :D
When watching the Grand Prix tonight the in-car camera shots were fantastic.
 

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