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22 Jul
2010
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Vizio TV Audio Sound Cuts Out When Quiet For A Few Seconds

So after resolving the video lag from my xbox to the new Vizio TV I noticed another problem that was going on.  The sounds seemed to cut out randomly.

I first noticed this when the we were streaming a movie through Netflix on Xbox live.  We were watching a movie and everything was going great. And we noticed that when the movie got to a quiet spot, where there was very little to no sound or movement in the film, the speakers sounded like they would just switch off on the TV all together.  It is pretty annoying because even when there is no sound going on in the movie, the TV usually has a very low static noise that comes out of ithe speakers still.  But with this new Vizio TV, it’s as if it recognizes that no sound it being input into it and the speakers shut off.  So you go from hearing a very low static (which is fine), to hearing the speakers click off and you can’t hear anything.  Then when someone speaks again, or there is some sort of noise in the movie, you hear the speakers click back on and its usually slightly delayed so the voice gets chopped a little.

This is very annoying and I am hoping that there is a way to turn this function off.  I would rather just have the consistent low static sound coming through the speakers constantly, than have the sound keep cutting in and out.

I haven’t found a way to resolve this issue yet, so if you know any way to prevent this from happening, please post a comment below!

Cheers!!

SOLUTION: In comment below!

17 Jul
2010
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Vizio TV Lag When Playing Video Games on Xbox or Playstation

So I just bought a new Vizio 42″ LDC 1080P HDTV, and hooked my xbox 360 up to it last night. I couldn’t wait to see how the picture quality had changed from having my old projection tv which was only 1080i to this new one! So I popped in my favorite game Halo 3 and hopped online to play a couple games.  Right away i noticed something was wrong.  It was extremely difficult to kill anyone.  It was like someone else was controlling the game for me.  I coudn’t figure out what was going on at first, but then it hit me.  The response time from the games controller was about a half sec later to display on the TV.  This made it damn near impossible to kill any of the opposing players.  My aim was always a half second behind where the enemy was moving.  This was getting so frustrating and made me not even want to play the game.  I knew there had to be some kind of setting to fix this though.

How to fix Vizio TV Lag from your Gaming System (Xbox or PLaystation)
All you need to do to fix this problem on is change one little setting in the Video settings on your tv.  This may be different for every TV, but in mine its just switchig a setting called “Fast Response.”  By default this is off, so the response time from your games controller to the tv lags a little.  So for a Vizio tv, just go to Menu – Picture – More – Fast Response, and turn the Fast Response to ON.  Thats all it takes!  Now plays video games on this tv is great!   What a differense it makes going from 1080i to 1080p!!

19 May
2010
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Halo Reach Beta Review

After playing Halo Reach Beta for the first time, I was really happy with all the new features that were brought into the game. I love the fact that there are different load-out options for your character that you can chose from at the start of every game. It adds an unexpected element to the game because you could be attacking a player and not know if they will all the sudden start sprinting at you, or flying up into the sky, or turn invisible, or even become invincible!  Also, some of the new weapons that got added to the game are great, but I got to say I am already starting to miss the Halo 3 battle riffle.  The new DMR is just not the same.  But the new Alien Needle Rifle is awesome! I know they are more or less the same weapon, but the needle rifle seems stronger and more accurate every time I use it.

Spartans v Elites
After playing many of the different game types, especially the ones where you have the Spartans vs. the Elites in Slayer I feel that there is a totally unfair advantage. The elites are far more dominant in every way now.  The jump higher, they can speed roll around which makes it almost impossible to shoot at when they do (which the Spartans don’t have the option to do), and their weapon are much better.  The elites get to start with the plasma pistol, which when charged and fired at an enemy leaves them one head shot from death.  And mentioned above the Needle riffle is still in my opinion better than the human DMR.  Not only because it seems stronger and more accurate, but also you get to see the enemy explode after they killing shot from the needle rifle.

After playing the Halo Reach Beta for a couple weeks now, I really started getting bored with the game.  Maybe its because there are only a few maps and game types that you can plat right now, or maybe its just because of how unrealistic the game is becoming.  I feel like more and more Halo fans are turning to Call of Duty because it is far more realistic than Halo.  I’m not selling out and going over to the dark side of COD yet. I’m still a halo fan first, and have a little more hope for the real game once it is released.

The Beta still seems very laggy at times and the controls don’t seem as responsive as Halo 3.  Also, I am not totally impressed with the graphics.  I know its just the Beta so the graphics could be dumbed down a little and could get better once the game is released, but as of right now I was expecting a little more.

All in all I am happy to have a new halo game, and the new load-outs and maps have been fun to tinker around with, but if the real game (when it is released) is no better than the Beta, I think I’ll be playing Halo 3 online still, and maybe even try my hand at a little Call of Duty.  Lets just hope the Actual game will take it up a notch from where it’s at now!