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Panasonic 42" plasma monitor menu access
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Post 1 made on Tuesday July 25, 2017 at 21:45
DumpsterDan
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I have a plasma monitor (no tuner), but I don't have the oem remote. I'm having difficulty using the menu. I've been trying a couple different universal remotes. I have an RCA and a Charter (Spectrum) that use the same 5 digit codes.

The menu has two pages. I can only get at page 1 with the integral control panel, but the panel is inadequate for selecting and making changes. I can only get at page 2 with the remote where I can make changes. The Charter control has "Page" buttons, but they don't do anything. When the "menu" button is pressed on the remote, page 2 always comes up. I can't switch pages with the integral panel or the remote. Even stranger, I can't navigate/change anything on page one with the remote after bringing it up with the integral panel! I've tried every code on the supplied lists.

Is it possible that there are codes not listed that might work?

(I also have a "Genius" remote that I haven't tried, but I think that would only help if I had the oem to learn from.)
Post 2 made on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 05:07
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Do you have the model number of the plasma?
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OP | Post 3 made on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 11:33
DumpsterDan
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It's a TH-42PHD8 and I've figured out how to use the integral panel. Since there are no channel buttons (no tuner), the volume buttons have to do dual duty. The volume buttons navigate up and down until you select with the "INPUT" button. Then the volume buttons switch to side-side action.

Pressing "MENU" multiple times gets you to other pages.

Adjusting the picture size and position will still drive you nuts because of an annoyingly short time-out.

The universal remote is still a mystery. Pressing "MENU" a second time just turns off the menu so page 1 is still inaccessible. I guess I don't need it now anyway.

This set has been working just fine as a TV (with an Apex tuner. These things are the best, giving you up to 12 hours of schedule information.), but I wanted to do some AutoCAD work on it. Using the VGA input I discovered the top menu bar was out of view and the picture was pink. Connecting a different computer to the VGA input also resulted in a pink picture.

I now realize using a static picture from a computer application with a plasma monitor is not a good idea. The menu bars tend to get burned in. I didn't do it for that long so, thankfully, the moving TV images washed them away.

Thanks for replying!
Post 4 made on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 14:05
djy
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Universal remotes quite often tend to cover just the basic functions, so it's no great surprise to me that those you've tried haven't been completely successful.

If you're still interested, a manual can be found here and includes a search reference number (EUR7636070R) for the OEM remote - not as cheap as a third party universal, but not as expensive as some I've seen.
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