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by lukeyluke82 / July 9, 2009 4:07 PM PDT

Hi Everyone, I'm new here, so go easy!!

I have been experiencing a few problems with my my Samsung LA46A650 TV. (I'm in Sydney Australia, this is the Australian model, please don't cut me off at this point as i have no where like this to post in Australia.
I'm using a Panasonic DMP-BD35 Bluray player and an HDMI cable in between.

Basically when watching some DVD or Bluray movies a horizontal noise bar briefly appears on screen, and i get an associated 'pop' noise from the TV speaker. Occassionally the entire picture will drop out and the sound will continue. The TV works 100% perfect except for this very intermittent problem and only when watching over HDMI. FTA TV is fine... When i listen to the audio through my receiver over an Optical i can no longer hear any pop, but i can still see the dropout visually on the screen...

This doesn't appear to happen on all dics, for example i own Baraka on Bluray and it plays perfectly everytime, whilst the NASA missions on bluray does it a lot.

I initially thought it must be just a disc read error or incompatibility similar, but sometimes even after i press stop on the Panasonic remote and the screen reverts to the Panasonic menu it still occassionally pops.

I have the tv on 24p 1080p, but have tried different combinations with no good results...

I've updated firmware on both TV and Bluray player to the latest versions. Didn't help.

I've swapped the panasonic bluray player for another unit. Didn't help
I've tried 3 x different HDMI leads (last two i tried were quite expensive Gecko leads)

I recently had the TV 'repaired' where they swapped the main board and also the power inverter board. Didn't help...

The service technician, recommended to Samsung that i have my TV replaced with the slightly newer revision LA46B650 as he believes a new model with it's different video processing chip and firmware will probably iron out this issue. Samsung Australia have point blank refused to help me out, as an 'incompatability' isn't their problem.

So now i need your help, i'm quite over mucking round with the tv...

Please help!

- Luke

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Samsung 46" TV Flickering Problem
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / July 10, 2009 4:23 AM PDT


I'm not sure what I can suggest in this case. You might see if you can escalate your issue to a higher "tier" where you can appeal the decision, but I have no authority over Samsung Australia (Or Samsung U.S. for that matter) when it comes to service issues.

I'm sorry, but outside of that, I have no known options to even suggest.

Are there other HDMI devices that work properly, or is it just the Blu-Ray player?


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by lukeyluke82 / July 10, 2009 10:37 AM PDT


I actually only have the Blu-Ray player...

I believe i have been elevated to a higher tier, but they basically gave me the same answer. That 'incompatability' issues are not their responsibility. Unfortunately for the end consumer like myself, i am stuck between two large companies, Samsung and Panasonic and neither wish to help...

In a day and age where all electronic components are essentially mini 'computers' i can see this become a real problem.

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