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Suffering from the Plasma Screen Burn-In Blues?

Well it finally happened, Plasma Screen Phosphor Burn-In. I play alot of video games on my Panasonic 58″ Plasma Screen and I was surprised it took this long to manifest.

I noticed the Burn-In after a long session of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. ARRGGGHHH!!!!

Fortunately it was not as bad as what you see below.

So I did some searching and found a simple solution that involves an iPod and a set of Color Swatches.

Basically, you load all 85 colors into an iPod, connect the iPod to the video input of the screen and run the colors on a continuous loop over night.

Don’t know exactly how it fixes the Burn-In but it worked.


September 24, 2007 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, How-To, Television


  1. That’s very strange that it works. To my knowledge, plasmas don’t get burn-in like a CRT, but rather something more akin to “image persistence” or pixel fade like LCDs. It’s very surprising that you were able to get rid of it. But hey, if it worked, then that’s great! (That’s why I ended up getting a DLP tv: no burn-in of any sort.)

    Comment by Joe | September 25, 2007

  2. I’ve got a Panasonic Plasma that is a few years old and it’s got some pixel fade. I ran it in 4×3 mode most of the time on the non-HD channels and I had the sidebars set to black. At some point I popped in a Blue Planet DVD that had a very consistent blue tone of the ocean and damn if you couldn’t see the sidebars were slightly brighter than the 4×3 portion. Maybe I’ll try the iPod trick and see if it does anything. Mostly I just run everything stretched now or set the sidebars to grey in order to try to prevent the discrepancy from getting worse. It’s barely noticeable now at least.

    Comment by morgan | September 26, 2007

  3. There are “White Noise” DVDs out there that play a loop of white noise which in theory helps equalize the wear on the pixles. Also there is a java program called JPSCREEN that you run on a computer. JPSCREEN does the same thing as white noise but per pixle.

    Comment by Bernard | September 26, 2007

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