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Need Help with Pana CT-30wx54

05-30-2005, 04:33 PM
I got the set home and once turned on the picture looked dark. Much darker than the TV showroom. I turned up picture (same as contrast?) and brightness all the way and still didn't get satisfactory results.

I've noticed other people who have posted that have had the same problem with this model. I'm sure I'm not dreaming, since I work professionally in TV post production and I know what a properly calibrated monitor should look like, even though I am not an engineer.

So I poked around and went into the secret menu with the factory settings and without the benefit of color bars or any test patterns, cranked up the brightness and adjusted the contrast and I think the picture looks better.

But then I made the mistake of messing with the horizontal and vertical settings. There are a ton of parameters there and like a hyper-active child, I started messing around with every setting. It looks okay, but I failed to write down the factory original settings and I'm not sure if there's a way to default back. Failing that, does anyone know what the factory settings are or how to find them?

My main quible is that when watching a 4:3 image, the top and bottom of the picture is cut off. I can't see bottom the scroll on CNN. When watching a 16:9 DVD and setting the Aspect ratio to zoom, the left and right sides of the picture are cut off and peoples heads are stretched out horiztonally. This is what I'd like to be able to fix.

hopefully I haven't done too much damage. Don' :eek: t tell my wife!

05-30-2005, 06:53 PM
You need to know what you're doing before going into the service menu... it's possible to misadjust things to the point you can't see the menus to fix anything... beware... permanently dead TV.

05-30-2005, 09:23 PM
thanks, I realize that now, maybe a day late and a dollar short!

So far the picture still looks fine. I was trying to adjust the horizontal and vertical aspects so that in "Zoom" aspect, the picture isn't stretched horizontally. And I got the blacks up to a decent level.

And yes, I have no idea what I'm doing from an engineering standpoint. But stay tuned to AMC in June to watch Celebrity Charades, I edited two of the six episodes so I must not be a complete moron!