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Planar GX40 User Manual

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    GX40 User Guide...

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    SN-4035-WX GX40 40" Direct-view LCD Panel User Guide 020-0558-00A...

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    (3) years from the original shipment date. For example, if the Product fails in the 24th month from shipment, the cus- tomer will be charged 24/36 or 2/3 of the repair cost. Planar will absorb the remaining 1/3 of the cost of repair. The buyer is responsible for shipping the Product back to Planar;...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents What are the Main Features of GX40? … 1 You Should Have These Accessories … 2 Safety for You and GX40 … 3 Installing the GX40 Wall Bracket … 7 Hanging the GX40 on the Wall Bracket … 9 Connecting Power …...

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    Remote Control Buttons … 119 Drawings … 125 Connector Locations and Diagrams … 127 Optimizing Your Planar Display … 129 EDID: What It Is and How It Works … 131 Glossary of Terms … 133 Specifications for GX40 … 135...

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    1.1 What are the Main Features of GX40? Flat screen, long backlight life (60,000 hours). Portrait or Landscape orientation GX40 is a 40" LCD display that can be wall-mounted or mounted on a stand. The display can be portrait or land- scape.

  • Page 9: You Should Have These Accessories

    The 4 nuts hold the Wall Bracket to the Adapter Plate. The Adapter Plate can be bolted to a wall. Or the Adapter Plate can be screwed onto an NEC plasma monitor display stand using the 8 metric screws.

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    (125 kg) for each display unit. CAUTION The screen could be damaged by heavy pres- sure. GX40 screens are protected with a cover glass to protect the LCD. Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury. This product may contain other electronic waste that can be hazardous if not disposed of properly.

  • Page 14: Installing The Gx40 Wall Bracket

    2.1 Installing the GX40 Wall Bracket The GX40 hangs on its wall bracket in either landscape or portrait orientation. Installing the wall bracket The wall bracket comes with each GX40. See picture in “You Should Have These Accessories” on page 2.

  • Page 16: Hanging The Gx40 On The Wall Bracket

    2.2 Hanging the GX40 on the Wall Bracket The locking system for the GX40 wall bracket prevents the display from jumping off the bracket during earth tremors, and it helps deter theft. Two-person job The GX40 weighs just over 55 lbs. (25 kg). Always have two persons hang the display on the wall bracket.

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    Unlocking from the side: Slide the tool in from the side. It will ride up over the lock and catch it. Pull the lock back to unlock. Unlocking from the bottom: Slide the tool in from the bottom, keep- ing the open side of the hook to the left, as shown. Catch the lock and pull down.

  • Page 18: Connecting Power

    GX40 accepts 110-120 VAC and 200-240 VAC with no manual switching. Plug the power cord into the receptacle on the rear of the GX40. Plug the other end into a good source of AC power. When ready, turn on the power switch.

  • Page 20: Connecting Picture Sources

    2.4 Connecting Picture Sources The GX40 accepts inputs from many different sources, depending on configuration GX40 Inputs The GX40 has a total of five different video inputs. Of these five, four are the same for both models: Analog, Composite, S-Video, and Component (YPbPr).

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    The Base Model (shown above) has only an Analog VGA connector. The Video Model...

  • Page 22: Connecting Rs232 Communication

    2.5 Connecting RS232 Communication RS232 control is not necessary for operation, but it is a convenient way to control GX40s from a distance. If your installation will not use RS232 control, skip this section. RS232 control has one big advantage: you can control all the units from a computer at a considerable distance from the wall.

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    2. Connect a cable from the RJ-45 adapter to the nearest unit’s RS232 In connector. 3. Connect this first unit’s RS232 Out connector to the next unit’s RS232 In connector. 4. Continue in this way until all units are connected. ✎...

  • Page 24: Quick Start

    CURTAIN LAMP SAVE The GX40 looks at each of the connectors and stops on the first one that is receiving a valid picture. If this is successful (it may take 10 seconds) stop here. If you have several sources connected, press again to go to the next one with a picture.

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    6. Press . The GX40 will immediately display the ENTER picture. Within a second or two the GX40 will analyze the picture and adjust to it. If you see no picture … • Check the source by connecting it to another type of display.

  • Page 26: Setting Up A Gx40

    3.2 Setting Up a GX40 The source picture—from computer, video, DVD—is not always perfect in its size or resolution; it does not always conform exactly to a standard. GX40 can compensate for this. You’ll find it easier to configure your GX40s when you per- form the steps in the following order: •...

  • Page 28: Selecting The Picture

    640 x 400 Component video sources Component video sources are assumed to be YPbPr and are brought into the GX40 via the Analog ports. DVD and component video sources DVD players have composite video and S-Video out- puts, and sometimes have component video outputs from three RCA connectors.

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    2. With the selector on Source, press The Source popup menu displays to the right of the Pic- ture menu. (To save space, only the Source popup menu is shown below.) A n al og C o m po n en t ( Y P b P r ) S -Vi de o C o m po s it e 3.

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    • Comp Video 1 and 2 (Composite) P i c t u r e S o u r ce Vid e o Stan d ard NT SC 6 0 H z /3 .5 8 M Hz Ver ti ca l F re qu e nc y (f ra me l oc ke d) Sh a rpn e ss I np u t L eve ls Component (YPbPr)

  • Page 32: Adjusting Levels For Analog Sources

    They even vary between video outputs from a multiple-output video card in a computer. Your pictures will not look their best on GX40 until you adjust for these differences. This is not about adjusting color or contrast. It’s about telling the GX40 what the com- puter or processor means by black and by white.

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    By select- ing Do Black/White Levels box in the Auto Setup Options menu (Main Menu > Advanced Options > Auto Setup Options), the GX40 adjusts White levels and Black levels to the brightest and darkest pixel, respectively, in the pic- ture.

  • Page 34: Adjusting Levels For Video Sources

    3.2.3 Adjusting Levels for Video Sources Video sources are adjusted best if a color bar test pattern is available from the video source: the DVD or VCR player. If not, you will have to adjust by eye and the “feel” of the picture. Adjusting the picture 1.

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    2. Adjust Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Hue on one GX40 until it looks satisfactory. 3. Adjust all the other GX40s in the array so they have the same values for Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Hue as the first GX40.

  • Page 36: Aspect Ratio Settings

    The aspect ratio of any picture is its width divided by its height. W / H = Aspect Ratio The native aspect ratio of the GX40 screen is 1.77, which is sometimes referred to as 16:9 . This is the WXGA and HDTV picture format.

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    Fill All makes the picture fit top-to-bottom and left-to-right regardless of how this stretches or compresses the picture. Fill All distorts the picture, when the aspect ratio of the incoming picture is not the same as the GX40 screen. Crop...

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    Affect on Input Type on 4X3 Display Scale Mode Standard Video or VGA/SVGA/XGA Letter- No distortion box/ Pillarbox Letterbox/Pillarbox expands the picture until the first edges (top-bottom or left-right) touch the border of the display, and then fills in the other sides with a solid color Wide- Stretches width of screen...

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    Affect on Input Type on 4X3 Display Scale Mode Standard Video or VGA/SVGA/XGA One to No distortion Example above rep- resents an XGA input on an XGA resolution unit, such as a Puma X (1024 x 768) One to One maintains the original size and aspect ratio of the picture. This may leave blank areas on all four sides. For instance, a VGA picture (640 ×...

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    Justify Settings Justify determines how the picture will be placed in the wall. For a single unit, Justify determines placement on the screen. Top/Left positions the image starting with the top, left- most unit, then across and down. If the image is not large enough to fill all the units, they are left blank.

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    3.3.2 Adjusting Position Position moves the picture on the screen but does not move the menus. Image Position On the remote, press the SIZE the Picture Position menu. The four arrow keys move the picture on the screen. Pic t ur e Posi ti on U s e a rr o w k e y s t o m ov e i m a g e Ho ri z on ta l P os it io n...

  • Page 44: Adjusting Sharpness

    3.3.1 Adjusting Sharpness After you set the Scale Mode to the one you will use for the program, select the Sharpness level in the Picture menu to reduce scaling artifacts. If you are not scaling your image, you may skip this section. Sharpness Settings The Sharpness setting is in the Picture menu (press on the remote) .

  • Page 46: Tiling A Display

    3.4 Tiling a Display Whether you use Planar’s Big Picture™ or an external video processor, your goal is to make the picture fit together properly at the edges. Using an external processor The processor divides a single picture into several sec- tions and sends each part on a separate cable.

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    This unit would have a Unit Column value of 1 and a Unit Row value of 1 • Wall Mode, when checked, turns on the Planar Big Picture™ feature. When not checked, the unit shows the whole picture.

  • Page 48: Saving And Recalling Configurations

    Later you switch to the Analog 1 input again, and this time it has the SVGA source from before. The GX40 will recognize that it has seen this source before, or at least a source with these characteristics, and will recall the SVGA settings you established before.

  • Page 49: Saving Configurations

    3.5.1 Saving Configurations GX40 has 40 numbered memory slots; use them to save and recall settings, which is the fastest way to change configurations. 1. Set up the GX40 the way you want it, including all the adjustments listed in this chapter.

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    16 8,1 9 / 0 % +0, + 0 +0 ,+0 +0 ,+0 / +0, + 0 1 60 2 / 2 2. 5° N o rm al 16 6 1 70 1 69 . GX40 instantly stores all the current set- ENTER...

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    1. If you want a more descriptive name, select press ENTER A little bar appears beneath the name. Sav e Sa ve to Sl ot Sa ve Now N am e A N 1 36 6x 768 S o u r c e C o lo rspa ce R es ol u ti on Wa ll...

  • Page 52: Recalling Stored Configurations

    3.5.2 Recalling Stored Configurations This is the fastest way to change from one configuration to another. 1. Press once to open the Recall menu. SAVE 2. Navigate to the slot you want to recall. You can only go to slot numbers that are not empty (have checks). R eca ll 3.

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    5. If this slot number has exactly the same settings are currently being used, a (Current) message appears on the top line. Re ca ll S l o t N u m b e r Re ca ll No w Na m e AN 13 66 x7 68 S o u r ce...

  • Page 54: Deleting A Configuration

    3.5.3 Deleting a Configuration There is no particular reason to delete a configuration, because you can always overwrite it. 1. Go to the Memory menu (Main > Memory). M e m o r y Re ca ll Sav e De let e 2.

  • Page 55: Memory: What Is Saved? And Where

    Levels for a 1024x768 @ 65Hz vertical from a computer connected to Analog. Then later, using the same input con- nector but a different computer you set up the GX40 for a 1600x1200 @ 60Hz. You re-adjust the Black and White Levels, because they are different.

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    Possible issue with Input specific memory What happens if you switch back to Analog and the pic- ture there is YPbPr? The GX40 has no way to know this, no way to detect the difference between RGB and YPbPr, so it will use the wrong Colorspace.

  • Page 58: Adjusting Color Balance

    "cooler". You may have a reason for wanting your unit to be a specific color temperature. For instance, if you are using the GX40 in a television studio where you will be videotaping the content, you will want a low color temperature.

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    B ac kli g ht I n te ns ity b) Set (or confirm) Backlight Intensity to 100%. 3. For each GX40 in the array, do the following: a) Open the Color Balance menu on all displays in the array. (...

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    • You may find it easier to color balance units using Cube Control 2, a software utility available from Planar’s website. Changes in the White value moves this end point.

  • Page 62: Zoom And Position

    Zoom adjusts the edges of the picture to make it fit with the other pictures in an array. Zoom Zooming is used mainly to make the edges of a large picture—one that covers many GX40 screens—fit each other side-to-side and top to bottom. To access the Zoom menus, on the remote press twice to open the Zoom Top &...

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    Zo o m To p & L eft Ar ro ws mo ve t op an d left LC D Re so lu t io n Th i s u n it Z oo m B o tt o m & Ri g ht Ar ro ws mo ve b ot tom a nd rig ht L CD R eso l ut io n T hi s un it...

  • Page 64: Viewport Adjustment

    3.5.7 Viewport Adjustment The Viewport menus adjust the image on theLCD. What is Viewport? The Viewport menu (Main > Size & Position > View- port) adjust the number of pixels actually used on the LCD. You can’t increase this number, naturally, but you can reduce it.

  • Page 66: Advanced Options

    3.6 Advanced Options Advanced Options controls some settings that may not be needed in the initial configuration. Some options on the Advanced Options menu (Main > Advanced Options) are covered in other sections or chap- ters of this manual: • Color Balance: see “Adjusting Color Balance” on page 53 The remaining options are covered later in this section.

  • Page 67: Auto Setup Options

    Retry on lost signal occurs only when the present signal (picture) disappears or changes in some way. If this item is not checked, the GX40 will not try to sync to a new signal. Keep this menu item checked. Note that searching will not happen just because the pic- ture goes black.

  • Page 68: Menu Options

    60 seconds. The shortest possible time is 2 seconds. The default value, if you have never changed Menu Timeout, is Never Timeout. Rotate Menu makes the menus readable when the GX40 is arranged in portrait or landscape orientation. ✎...

  • Page 69: Miscellaneous Options

    The native aspect ratio of GX40 is 16 x 9, and the default resolution is1366 x 768. HD Interlaced Content Motion HD Interlaced Content Motion is a control you probably won't need to touch.

  • Page 70: Backlight Control

    When there is more light in the area of the GX40, the screen will have to be brighter to see it clearly, and the backlight intensity will be 100%. When there is less ambi- ent light, the screen can be darker and still be read easily.

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    Manual backlight control This mode is useful when the GX40 is in a room with no outside windows and unchanging ambient light levels. Set the Backlight Control Mode to Manual. B ac kli g ht C o nt ro l...

  • Page 72: Serial Port Settings

    Ba ud R at e In the Serial Port Settings menu, you specify an ID that is unique for each GX40 in this RS232 loop. The ID is in two parts, Group ID and Unit ID. Each of these has a range of 0–9, A–Z. This range results in 1296 possible addresses.

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    The ASCII Response Terminator will be determined by what your serial program wants to see at the end of every transmission from the GX40. Baud Rate must be the same as that used by the con- trolling computer. The baud rate is not automatically set, as it is with modem communications.

  • Page 74: Other Operations

    3.8 Other Operations To “disable” the remote control To prevent unauthorized use and adjustment of the GX40, either hide the remote or disable the remote control function with an RS232 command. For more information, see “Controlling with RS232 commands” on page 68.

  • Page 76: Cleaning The Screen

    For LCDs, spray it on the cloth, not the screen. CAUTION Prevent liquid from running down the screen and leaking into the interior of the GX40. Spray liquids on the cloth or towel, not directly on the LCD. Wipe the screen gently with a lint-free cloth or lint-free paper (see Cloth below).

  • Page 78: Basic Gx40 Troubleshooting Steps

    5.1 Basic GX40 Troubleshooting Steps The GX40 is very simple to troubleshoot because there is very little that can malfunction Do This Step 1. On the remote, press MONITOR Step 2. On the remote, press CURTAIN Step 3. On the remote, press MONITOR twice.

  • Page 79: Adjusting Position

    If your picture is visible, but something is wrong with it Symptom Image is rotated Check your source. The GX40 has no way of rotating images. Picture has a black edge Picture is not positioned correctly. Picture has a black or col-...

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    See “Reading the Status Menus” on page 77 and “Reading the LEDs” on page 138. Possible Cause GX40 doesn’t respond to remote control Re-enable IR response using RS232 commands Replace or reinstall batteries The IR receiver is in the lower right corner (in landscape mode;...

  • Page 82: Reading The Status Menus

    5.2 Reading the Status Menus The Status menus show lots of information about the current state of the GX40. Unit Status menu To display the Unit Status menus, on the remote press MONITOR Un it Sta t us GX40 13 66 x 76 8 57 3- 24 00 Re v 1.2...

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    Setup Summary The Setup Summary menu (Main > Diagnostics > Setup Summary) displays the current state of the GX40. S e t u p S u m m a r y Sour ce Co lo rs pac e Re so lu t io n...

  • Page 84: Test Patterns

    All test patterns are full screen. Aspect Ratio has no effect. To turn on a Test Pattern 1. Press three times. MONITOR 2. Select the pattern with the arrow keys. Move between columns using left-right arrow keys; up-down arrows will eventually get you to the next column.

  • Page 86: Menu Structures

    6.1 Menu Structures The gray text in menus is for information only. You cannot move the yellow selector to these lines. Some menus change their appearance depending on the source selected or other factors. Picture > Source (Analog) Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e &...

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    Menu Item Source Chooses the source of the video signal (the input connector you want to use) and adjusts the picture. Use the + \ – keys to select the source. Colorspace Specifies the range of colors for the type of input. Generally computer inputs use RGB and video sources use YPbPr Sync Type Determines which portion of the signal that carries the syn-...

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    Picture > Source (Composite, Component, and S-Video) P i c t u r e S o u r ce Vid eo Stan d ar d NT S C 6 0 H z /3 .5 8 M Hz Ver ti ca l F re qu e nc y (f ra me l oc ke d) Sh a rpn e ss In p u t L eve ls P i c t u r e...

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    Menu Item Source Chooses the source of the video signal (the input connector you want to use) and adjusts the picture. Use the + \ – keys to select the source. Colorspace Specifies the range of colors for the type of input. Generally computer inputs use RGB and video sources use YPbPr Video Standard The three major signal standards have different timing, hori-...

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    Picture > Input Levels Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e & P o s i t i o n As pe ct R at io & Wall M e m o r y Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n...

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    Menu Item Auto Black/ Automatically perform black/white level adjustments. For more information, see “Full automatic level White Level adjustment” on page 28 Center Point The intensity value for each of the red, green, and blue color components for the point at the center of the screen.

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    Size and Position > Picture Position Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e & P o s i t i o n As pe ct R at io & Wall M e m o r y Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n...

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    Menu Item Picture Position Horizontal Position Vertical Position Zoom Window Top & Left Zoom Window Bottom & Right Viewport Window Top & Left Viewport Window Bottom & Right Reset All Windows to Default Size & Position Menu Options Description The position of the Default value and range depends on the incoming signal image relative to the Picture position is automatically adjusted during setup based...

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    Aspect Ratio and Wall Ma in M en u P i c t u r e S i z e & P os it i o n A sp ec t Ra t io & Wa ll Me mor y D ia gn o st ic s A dv an ce d O p t io ns Pr og ra m In for ma t io n...

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    The number of pixels to be hidden at the top and bottom of the image. Height Default value of 97 is the width of the GX40 top and bottom mullions Frame The number of pixels to be hidden at the left and right of the image.

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    Memory Ma in M en u P i c t u r e S i z e & P os it i o n A sp ec t Ra t io & Wa ll Me mor y D iag n o st ic s A dv an ce d O p t io ns Pr og ra m In for ma t io n R eca ll...

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    GX40 is already doing exactly what this slot would tell it to do In the Save grid, use the arrow keys to cycle through the available memories. As you navigate through all 40 memories, Save Now will show (Overwrite).

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    Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n Pressing the MONITOR opens the Unit Status menu directly D iag n o st ic s...

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    Setting Asset Tag An optional user settable field which is set via the RS-232 port. This could be a serial num- ber, name or any other piece of information desired Backlight Status Shows OK if the electronics module detects that both banks of backlights are functioning normally.

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    Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n Pressing the MONITOR twice opens the Serial Port Sta- tus menu directly D iag n o st ic s...

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    Group is the Group ID for the unit. Unit is the Unit ID for the unit Baud The Baud rate for the unit For complete RS232 control information, download “RS232 Guide for Bobcat X” from Planar’s website. For more informa- tion, see “Downloading additional documentation and firmware” on page 144. Serial Port Status Settings...

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    Diagnostics > Test Patterns Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e & P o s i t i o n As pe ct R at io & Wall M e m o r y Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n...

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    Red, Green, Blue, Black, Displays a full screen of the selected color. Gray displays a 50% gray pattern, which is useful for Grey detecting if TIR has occurred. For more information, see “Optimizing Your Planar Display” on page 129 Gray Scale, Red Scale, These show 32- or 64-step scales.

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    Te st P a t te rn s N o ne W hi te R ed Gr een B lu e B la ck G r a y C u st om Co lo r G ra y Sca le G r i d R ed S c al e A li gn m en t D as he s...

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    Diagnostics > Setup Summary Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e & P o s i t i o n As pe ct R at io & Wall M e m o r y Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n...

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    Menu Option/ Setting Source The type of input: Analog, Component (YPbPr), S-Video, or Composite Colorspace The colorspace of the input, either RGB or YPbPr Resolution The image resolution. From 800 x 600 up to the unit’s native resolution Wall When Wall Mode is enabled (see “Aspect Ratio and Wall” on page 89, the first set of numbers are the size of the array and the second set are the unit’s position in the array, column first, then row Scale/Justify...

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    Diagnostics > Hours Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e & P o s i t i o n As pe ct R at io & Wall M e m o r y Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n...

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    Menu Option/Setting System Time The number of hours the electronics module has received power Running Time the total number of hours the backlights have been on. This time is greater than or equal to the longer backlight time. Hours Settings Description/Settings/Values...

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    Advanced Options > Color Balance Mai n Me nu P i c tu r e S i z e & P o s i t i o n As pe ct R at io & Wall M e m o r y Di ag n os ti cs Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n...

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    Menu Item Color Temperature Adjust the “pure white” of the system to different color shades White Balance - All Adjusts the white balance setting of all three colors simultaneously, keeping them in proportion to each other, thus keeping the color the same, and adjusting the brightness of white to match other units in an array Adjusts each of the colors separately, allowing the user to change the color of white to match other units in an...

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    Advanced Options > Miscellaneous Settings M ai n Men u P ict u re S iz e & Po sit i on A sp e ct R at io & Wa ll M em o ry D ia gn o st i cs A d va nc ed Op t io n s P ro g r a m I n f o r m a t i o n Press MISC once to...

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    Auto Codes When Auto Codes is checked, the GX40 will immediately display the On-Screen codes (red and amber lights on the screen) if the backlights go out due to a fault, such as “Rear panel open.”...

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    Advanced Options > Backlight Settings M ai n Men u P ict u re S iz e & Po sit i on A sp e ct R at io & Wa ll M em o ry D ia gn o st i cs A d va nc ed Op t io n s P ro g r a m I n f o r m a t i o n MISC opens the...

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    Auto mode, Backlight Intensity is read only. When Backlight Control Mode is set to Auto Ambient Light Ambient Light is the light currently in the immediate area of the GX40 Ambient Threshold Ambient Threshold is the light intensity below which the backlights go to the Low Intensity setting.

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    Advanced Options > Serial Port Settings M ai n Men u P ict u re S iz e & Po sit i on A sp e ct R at io & Wa ll M em o ry D ia gn o st i cs A d va nc ed Op t io n s P ro g r a m I n f o r m a t i o n A dv an c ed O p t io n s...

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    Baud Rate Baud Rate must match the baud rate of the host computer For complete RS232 control information, download “RS232 Guide for Bobcat X” from Planar’s website. Serial Port Settings Options Description...

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    Advanced Options > Auto Setup Options M ai n Men u P ict u re S iz e & Po sit i on A sp e ct R at io & Wa ll M em o ry D ia gn o st i cs A d va nc ed Op t io n s P ro g r a m I n f o r m a t i o n A dv an c ed O p t io n s...

  • Page 118

    Menu Item Retry on Lost Signal Retry on lost signal, when checked, means the unit will attempt to find a different signal when it detects a change in syncs. This should normally be checked. If a signal is very noisy, you may want to uncheck this box to avoid the image flashing when it receives bad syncs.

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    Advanced Options > Menu Options M ai n Men u P ict u re S iz e & Po sit i on A sp e ct R at io & Wa ll M em o ry D ia gn o st i cs A d va nc ed Op t io n s P ro g r a m I n f o r m a t i o n A dv an c ed O p t io n s...

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    Menu Item H and V Position The position of the on-screen menus Menu Timeout Menus disappear after this time when there is no remote control activity Rotate Menu Rotates the menu for Portrait orientation. It does not rotate the picture. See “Advanced Options”...

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    Advanced Options > Message In Picture M ai n Men u P ict u re S iz e & Po sit i on A sp e ct R at io & Wa ll M em o ry D ia gn o st i cs A d va nc ed Op t io n s P ro g r a m I n f o r m a t i o n A dv an c ed O p t io n s...

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    Displays the last Message In Picture that was displayed. Timeout Determines how long this message will be displayed. To learn the complete MIP system and how to control it, download the MIP Maker software from Planar’s website. Message in Picture Options Description...

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    Ad va n ced Opt io n s Pro g ram I nf o rm at io n When Planar upgrades firmware (software used in the GX40), it will be available on www.Planar.com Pro g ra m In f or ma ti o n Pl an ar Sy st em s, In c .

  • Page 124: Remote Control Buttons

    6.2 Remote Control Buttons U n it Sta tu s G X 40 1 36 6 x 7 68 5 73 -2 40 0 R ev 1 .2 A ss et Ta g: B ac kl ig h t Stat us I n te rn al Tem p era tu re : 32 ºC M o de ID : 3 1 H Pe r: 31 78...

  • Page 125

    P ict u re S ou rc e Vi de o Stan d ar d N TS C 6 0 Hz / 3.5 8 M H z Ve rt ica l Fr eq ue n cy ( fra m e lo ck ed ) S ha rp ne ss I n pu t L ev el s …when source is Compos-...

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    I np u t L ev els B la ck L eve l (o f fs et ) Al l R ed G r e e n B lu e R es et B lac k Le ve l t o D ef au l t Input levels for RGB sources I n pu t L ev el s B l a ck Le ve l ( of f se t) A l l...

  • Page 127

    As pe ct R at io & Wall Sca le Mo d e Ju st if y Ove rsc an Bo rd er Co l or Wal l Wi dth Wal l H ei g ht Un it C o lu m n Un it R o w Wal l M o de Fr am e Co m p en sa ti on...

  • Page 128

    R ec all The first press of SAVE displays the Recall menu Sav e The second press of Co l or Ba la nc e Co l or Tem p era t ure Wh ite Ba la nc e - Al l Re d Green Bl u e...

  • Page 130: Drawings

    6.3 Drawings Dimensions in inches.

  • Page 132: Connector Locations And Diagrams

    6.4 Connector Locations and Diagrams Wiring for RS232 9-pin to RJ45 adapter The wiring shown for this Yellow wire adapter is correct for straight-through network Black wire cables. Green wire RJ45 RJ45 looking into the socket. pin 3 pin 2 pin 5 9-pin Bobcat Video Model connector...

  • Page 134: Optimizing Your Planar Display

    TIR. Static image display guidelines Here are some guidelines to help you avoid TIR: • Use GX40 to show moving images or still pictures that change regularly • Turn the display off when it is not in use After 24 hours continuous use, turn off the power for 2 hours.

  • Page 135

    the top of the array experience a higher ambient tem- perature and overheat. Should the thermal ratings be exceeded, the most likely visible affect will be that the display may start to ‘clear’ which means the LC material within the display starts to lose its light altering properties and off-color or black voids will start to be visible in the display.

  • Page 136: Edid: What It Is And How It Works

    6.6 EDID: What It Is and How It Works EDID is the name of a method computers use to determine the characteristics of the computer monitor. EDID stands for Extended Display Identification Data. It is the system behind Plug and Play. But just knowing its name doesn’t tell you how it works.

  • Page 138: Glossary Of Terms

    The name for any Planar model begin- Bobcat X, ning with SN-4025 or SN-4035 (Bob- GX40 cat), or SN-4045-WX (Bobcat X, GX40). A 40" direct view LCD display of 1366 × 768 pixels. composite Sync signals that combine the horizon- sync tal and vertical syncs onto one signal line, separate from the video.

  • Page 139

    The device that converts the mains AC voltage to other voltages that the rest of the display can use. Puma The name for any Planar model begin- ning with WN-5020 or WN-5010. remote The remote control. Red, green, blue; three parts of a video signal sent on separate wires.

  • Page 140: Specifications For Gx40

    B Specifications for GX40 Mechanical Specification Outside dimensions Width Height Depth Weight Shipping weight Orientation Chassis color Ventilation requirement (rear) Screen dimensions Diagonal Width Height Pixel pitch Electrical and Heat Specification Video input amplitude Separate RGB analog Composite analog TTL H and V sync...

  • Page 141

    + 6 ms t rise fall 1366 × 768 pixels to ½ brightness Notes All performance specifications are maintained within this temperature range See “Optimizing Your Planar Display” on page 129. Above sea level, or equivalent baro- metric pressure non condensing...

  • Page 142: Regulatory Information

    Note: Any changes or modifications to the display not expressly approved by Planar could void the user's authority to operate this equipment. Use of a shielded interface cable is required to comply with the Class A limits of Part 15 of FCC rules.

  • Page 144

    Index Numerics 1 to 1/ keep original size, 34 4 x 4 checkerboard pattern, 79 4×3 aspect ratio, definition of, 133 9-pin to RJ45 adapter, 127 9-pin to RJ45 adapter, 15 accessories, optional, 2 accessories, standard, 2 adapter plate, 2 adapter wiring, 127 adapter, RJ45 to 9-pin, 15 address, definition of, 111...

  • Page 145

    color balance, 54 current values, 78 saving, 55 where stored, 43 color balancing, 21, 53 color bars, 29 color bars pattern, 79 color, border, 35 colors, 79 colorspace, 19 component video, 13, 23 component video to VGA adapter, 13 composite sync, definition of, 133 composite video connector, 13 composite video, definition of, 133...

  • Page 146

    installing, 7 IR receiver, location of, 20 issue input specific memory, 51 mode specific memory, 50 keep original size, 34 key, definition of, 133 lamp life, 136 landscape, 1 landscape orientation, 7, 9 LEDs definition of, 133 levels, adjusting for computer sources, 27 levels, manually adjusting, 28 Lion, definition of, 133 locking...

  • Page 147

    43 picture connecting sources for, 13 connectors, location, 9 menu, 23 picture position, 39 Planar’s Big Picture, 41 Plug and Play, 131 portrait, 1 orientation, 7, 9 position, 39, 62 where stored, 43 power supply, definition of, 134...

  • Page 148

    setup, 19 button, 62 setup summary menu, 78 sharpness for computer sources, 37 sharpness, where stored, 43 signal, lost, retry on, 113 size, where stored, 43 slot memory, 44, 91, 92 name of, 92 SOG, definition of, 134 source, 25 adjusting to, 21 definition of, 134 selecting, 19...

  • Page 149

    54 Wildcat, definition of, 134 words used in this manual, meanings of, 133 www.planar.com, 68 WXGA, definition of, 134 XGA, definition of, 134 zoom, 57 zoom menu, 88...

  • Page 150

    Planar reseller—the company that sold the Planar display to you. My Planar Reseller is: If you can’t contact your reseller for some reason, Planar’s contact information is on the back cover of this manual. But first! Get the serial number of the unit you have. The serial num-...

  • Page 151

    ©25 Jan 2007 Planar Systems, Inc. All rights reserved 1195 NW Compton Drive Beaverton, OR 97006-1992 Main Phone: +1 503 748 1100 • Customer Service Phone: +1 866 752 6271 • Fax: +1 503 748 5532 www.Planar.com • ts@planar.com...

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