USER MANUAL Model Name 42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA This is the image of the model 42PD8800TA. Desktop stand shown above is optional. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE CAREFULLY. KEEP THIS USER MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE For future reference, record the serial number of your monitor.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA USER MANUAL Thank you for purchasing the HITACHI Plasma Display. Please read this user manual carefully before operating this product. To ensure proper operation, please read and follow ALL the instructions, especially the "IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS" and "SAFETY PRECAUTIONS".
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA CONTENTS IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ..1 MENU OPERATION ........21 INTRODUCTION ........... 2 How to use the On-Screen Display About This Manual ..........2 (OSD) system ............21 Trademark Credits ..........2 Language Menu ..........21 About Software ............2 Setup Menu (TV mode) ........
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing the HITACHI Plasma Display. We hope that you will enjoy the great performance with this product. This Plasma monitor has been designed to meet the International standards. However, it could cause personal injuries and property damage if improperly handled. In order to prevent potential danger and obtain maximum beneﬁ t from your set, please observe the following instructions when installing, operating, and cleaning the product.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS For your safety, please read the following precautions carefully before using this product. Improper use would cause serious personal injuries and/or damage to your property or this product. About the Symbols The following are the symbols used in this manual and afﬁ xed on the unit itself. Please fully understand the meanings of the symbols before reading the instructions in this section.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (continued) WARNING There is a risk of ﬁ re, electric shock, or serious injury. ■ Do not place any objects on top of the unit. Objects such as Liquid containers (vase, ﬁ sh tank, ﬂ owerpot, cosmetics or liquid medicine).
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (continued) CAUTION ■ Do not place the unit at the dusty place. It could cause malfunction. ■ Do not cover or block any ventilation holes on the product. The monitor would overheat, and it could cause ﬁ re or damage the product which may shorten its service life.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (continued) PRECAUTIONS ■ Do not install the unit in high temperature. It could damage the cabinet or parts of the product. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiator, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus that produce heat.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA ABOUT PLASMA DISPLAY Image Retention of Plasma Display The plasma display has one of characteristics that results in panel image retention depending on how the plasma display is used. The following are the common cases and effective usages regarding the image retention.
(BS Type)* *The type of power plug provided may be different from this drawing for some countries. OPTION Ask your local dealer for further details. Desktop Stand : SD8G4237 (for 42PD8800TA) SD8G5500 (for 55PD8800TA) HITACHI Downloaded From TV-Manual.com Manuals PW3-12th-P1-P24.indd 8 PW3-12th-P1-P24.indd 8...
Main Power Switch (on the bottom surface) t Remote Control Receiver y Indicating Lamp u Desktop Stand (option) Rear Panel q Handgrips (only for 42PD8800TA) w Side Input e Terminal Board (External Device Connection) r Power Cord Socket t Control Panel (see below for details)
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA COMPONENT NAMES (Continued) Remote Control q Sub Power w Function Select (TV/DVD/SAT) Press this button to select function mode indicating LED lamp. Normally, select “TV”. e Input Select/DVD Control/Photo Input Control Press this button to change input mode.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA PREPARATION Remote Control Batteries Installation This remote control operates on 2 “AA” batteries. 1. Open the battery compartment cover Slide open the battery compartment cover on the backside of the remote control in the direction of an arrow.
) carefully besides this page. *When installing the unit, use the optional Desktop Stand (SD8G4237 for 42PD8800TA, SD8G5500 for 55PD8800TA). Please refer to the user manual of the stand. The Desktop Stand (Option) has been used for the illustration in this manual.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA CONNECTION Terminal Positions Rear q Power Cord Socket SD MEMORY CARD w Aerial Socket e AV1 PUSH-EJECT r AV2 t AV3 y AV4 u Monitor Out and Sub Woofer i Service use only o Power Swivel Terminal INPUT(RGB)
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA CONNECTION (continued) Connecting Procedure (continued) 3. Connecting to External Equipment Terminals on Rear AV1 and AV2 can be connected to the equipment with either Component or Composite output. Depending on whether the Y/VIDEO input of your selected equipment is Y signal or Video signal, it automatically regards as Component or Composite.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA CONNECTION (continued) Connecting Procedure (continued) Monitor Out can be used to display same image as main unit on another monitor. When this output terminal is connected to an external monitor with a 75 Ohm terminal, the same image from composite(AV1~5), or S-Video(AV3,5), or RF signal can be displayed to the external monitor.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA CONNECTION (continued) Connecting Procedure (continued) Terminals on Side Since the following terminals are located on the side, it is very convenient to use the extra device on a temporary basis after done the connections on the rear panel.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA CONNECTION (continued) Connecting Procedure (continued) 4. Connecting the plug into the wall socket Connect the Power Cord after completing all other connections. (The type of plug is different from this drawing for some countries.) CAUTION Use only the Power Cord provided.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA BASIC OPERATION Power On/Off Now, turn On the main power of the unit. Make sure that the Power Cord has plugged into the wall socket. To turn On the power of the unit: 1. Press the Main Power switch on the unit.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA BASIC OPERATION (continued) First Time Setup When you turn ON the TV for the ﬁ rst time, your TV automatically leads to the settings Language English of “Language” and “Auto Tuning.” Руссkий 1. The ﬁ rst screen appeared will ask you to choose the language of your TV’s display.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA BASIC OPERATION (continued) Input Switching to TV/AV1~5, HDMI, and RGB Input Select buttons By pressing Input Select button, you can switch the input. To watch actual broadcast, press Input Select button on the control panel, the numeric buttons or Channel Up/Down button on the remote control.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION How to use the On-Screen Display (OSD) system With the On-Screen Display system, you can access the various kinds of the features and functions in this product. Picture Basic Operation Audio Timer MENU Function 1. Press...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Setup Menu (TV mode) With this menu, you can access various kinds of features relating to TV channel settings. Setup Auto Tuning Manual Tuning Fine Tuning Sort Teletext Language Auto Off Select OK Set Return...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Setup Menu (TV mode) (continued) Selected Items Setup hint Auto Color System SECAM Select color system from 5 different modes. NTSC4.43 NTSC3.58 It allows you to skip unregistered channels automatically when you use channel up (+) down (-) buttons to select...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Setup Menu (AV mode) With this menu, you can select or adjust the condition of the input signals from each terminal. Setup System System 1 Color System Video Input Select Return Selected Items Setup hint Do not change the original setting.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Setup Menu (RGB mode) With this menu, you can adjust the display condition of the image which is inputting from the RGB terminals. By pressing ▼button at the bottom of the 1st Setup menu page, the 2nd Setup menu page will appear on the screen.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Setup Menu (RGB mode) (continued) Selected Items Setup hint 0.7V Normally, select [0.7V]. Input Level Select [1.0V] only when the whole display becomes too white. 1.0V Select whether indicating the PC signal frequency infor- Frequency Display mation on Input Signal Screen Display or not.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Function Menu This menu provides various ways to protect your panel, reduce power consumption, and set up utilizing the useful functions, such as Freeze Mode and Photo Input. Function Function Screen Saver Background Screen Wipe On 60Min.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Function Menu (continued) Selected Items Setup hint This helps to avoid the image retention such as station Luminance Manager logo by lowering the brightness of 4 corners. In case that the image from TV signal (especially CATV) has a blackened gap in either or both side during Panoramic mode, select  so that it can make up for the gap.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Picture Menu (TV/AV mode) In this menu, you can make speciﬁ c adjustments for the picture based on your preference. By pressing ▼button at the bottom of each menu page, the next Picture menu page will appear on the screen.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Picture Menu (TV/AV mode) (continued) Selected Items Setup hint It allows you to choose from 3 modes. Dynamic Dynamic: Sharpen the gradation to improve the contrast feeling. Contrast Mode* Normal Normal: Reproduce as faithful gradation as possible.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Picture Menu (TV/AV mode) (continued) Selected Items Setup hint Amplitude On: When you want to set speciﬁ c adjustments in each of the 4 Color Temperature modes. You can adjust on the amplitude and cut off. The settings reﬂ ect on the Green Color Temperature.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Picture Menu (RGB mode) In this menu, you can make speciﬁ c adjustments for the RGB picture based on your preference. Picture Contrast : +31 Brightness : –31 Color Tint : +31 Picture Enhancement : Off Color Temperature : Normal Color Temp.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Picture menu (RGB mode) (continued) Selected Items Setup hint Amplitude On: When you want to set speciﬁ c adjustments in each of the 4 Color Temperature modes. You can adjust on the amplitude and cut off. The settings reﬂ ect on the Green Color Temperature.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Audio Menu With this menu, you can adjust and customize the audio condition as you like. You can move on to the next menu screen by pressing ▼button at the bottom. Audio Audio Audio Mode...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA MENU OPERATION (continued) Audio Menu (continued) Selected Items Setup hint It allows you to adjust the volume of the headphone. The Headphone Volume 0~63 sound from the speaker will automatically set to MUTE when the headphone is connected to the terminal.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION Power Swivel SWIVEL With the optional Desktop stand, you can adjust the angle of the panel side to side by pressing button on the remote control. SWIVEL 1. Press button on the remote control. The Swivel Display (as shown in the ﬁ gure on the right) will appear on the screen.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) About Teletext What is “Teletext” Teletext is the written information services provided by each TV channel. 11 : 37 : 56 Most TV channels provide information via Teletext such as: Page Number TV program schedule Weather forecasts Sports results Newsﬂ...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Size Switching Each time button of the remote control is pressed, the screen display size is switched in sequence, and the status will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. TV/AV signal input ZOOM button...
* Real mode gives the image with same shapes as that of computer monitor. Real Zoom3 Zoom2 This mode is only available for VGA(640x480) and WVGA(864x480) in 42PD8800TA, and from VGA(640x480) to WXGA(1280x768) in 55PD8800TA. Display Area Selection Diagram Resolution Full display Circular display...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Multi Picture Mode With this feature, you can watch different channels simultaneously on one screen in several ways. As for the available signals, please refer to "Recommended Signal List" on This function is NOT available in HDMI input.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Multi Picture Mode (continued) 2-picture mode (continued) 4. To switch to 4-picture mode, press once. 2-4-12 The 4-picture mode is displayed on the screen. NOTE Each time is pressed, the picture mode will be switched by following order.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Multi Picture Mode (continued) 4-picture mode (continued) NOTE You cannot display the picture with Component signal on Side B screens. 4. To EXIT from Multi Picture mode, press button. Next time you press to activate the Multi Picture mode, it will start from 4-picture mode.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Multi Picture Mode (continued) Activate the Multi Picture Mode in RGB Mode When you activate the Multi Picture mode in RGB Input, the picture will be displayed at the mode which the Sub- screen is displayed inside of the large screen (Main-screen).
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Picture Freezing This is the useful function utilizing the characteristics of freezing picture effectively. By pressing button, you can change to freeze mode easily 2-4-12 FREEZE button anytime you like. Press it again to return to normal picture.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Photo Input Function With this Photo Input function, you can enjoy watching Photos from such devices as Digital Still Camera and SD card on monitor along with useful features such as Slide Show with Background Music and Movie picture.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Photo Input Function (continued) Displaying Still Picture in Photo Mode Thumbnail-Size Image (Index) to Full-Size Image Photo Index (1 Page). Photo Index (2 Page) Photo Index (2 Page) Move to next page. Select the file. No. 23 No.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Photo Input Function (continued) Displaying Still Picture in Photo Mode (continued) Slide Show Function SLIDE SHOW No. 23 28/05/03 OK Start 1600x1200 Slide Show begins.* Slide Show is paused. Photo Index (2 Page) Select the file.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Photo Input Function (continued) Displaying Movie Picture in Movie Mode Thumbnail-Size Image (Index) to Full-Size Image: or*5 Photo Index (1 Page). Movie Index (1 Page). Movie Index (2 Page). Movie Index (2 Page) Select the file.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Photo Input Function (continued) Other You can select the background pattern on “Background” from “Function Menu.” Function Menu Selection Description Select preferred background pattern. Background 1→2 1: Striped texture of gray 2: Green checked pattern Press button whenever you want to return from full size image to index.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Photo Input Function (continued) CAUTION The picture may not be displayed on this monitor in case of copying, viewing or editing by computers, etc. Do not connect any apparatus other than DSC, USB card reader, and SD card/MMC to the Photo Input connector.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Audio Switching NICAM / Sound Multiplex(including A2) (TV mode) You can make optimum use of available audio by pressing bottom of remote control. Audio can be switched only if receiving NICAM and sound multiplex signals; otherwise, pressing this button will have no effect, such as when only mono sound is received.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) Power Save Mode When AV input is selected You are provided the function to save power consumption when no signal is detected in AV input. Set to On in “Video Power Save” from Function Menu, which leads to the power save mode in AV1 /AV2 /HDMI1 /HDMI2 and the Standby mode in other AV input.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA FUNCTION (continued) DVD Player / STB Selection You can use this remote control to operate DVD Player and Set Top Box of other makers as well as this set. After pressing button, press (or hold) the required buttons to select the maker and type as shown below.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA TROUBLESHOOTING Before calling service technician, check the following tables ﬁ rst. If the problem is not be solved with the suggested procedures, contact your local dealer. For your safety, NEVER try to repair the product by yourself. When Following Messages Appear on the Screen...
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA TROUBLESHOOTING (continued) Symptom and Check List (continued) Symptoms Check list Page No picture Check if the Power Cord is plugged into the socket ﬁ rmly. The Indicating lamp → Off Check if the Main Power is ON. Check if all the cables of the external equipments are connected correctly and ﬁ...
(PC input mode only) It could happen when the image with more than 512 The thickness of the letters, lines, etc lines (42PD8800TA) / 768 lines (55PD8800TA) of vertical is not displayed evenly. resolution is displayed. (PC input mode only) Please note this is not malfunction.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS (continued) Signal Input RGB terminal (D-sub 15-pin connector) Input signal G or sync on green No connection No connection When different kinds of input signals are R.GND simultaneously input to the monitor via a graphics board or the like, the monitor will automatically select G.GND...
Note that different signals having all these elements alike may be handled as the same signal. Displaying images with more than 512 lines (42PD8800TA) / 768 lines (55PD8800TA) of vertical resolution at Full diplay (compressed display) can result in the interpolation of stripes.
42PD8800TA 55PD8800TA PRODUCT SPECIFICATION (continued) Recommended Signal List (continued) With Multi Picture Function 2-Picture Input terminal AV1~AV5 AV1, AV2 TELE NTSC3.58 576i 480i 720p/50 1080i/50 TEXT Main SECAM NTSC4.43 576p 480p 720p/60 1080i/60 ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○...