22 Jul
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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!


SOLUTION: In comment below!

17 Jul
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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!!

15 Jul
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Home Brewing: Lost Stopper In Carboy, Stopper Fell into Secondary Fermenter

So today was the day that I transferred my home brew from the primary fermenting bucket, to the secondary fermenting glass carboy.  All was going well, I got the beer all transferred nicely to the carboy.  Had the stopper and airlock soaking in some sanitizing solution.  Then came time to put the stopper on the glass carboy.

I grabbed the stopper out of the sanitizing solution, and tried to put in on the top of the carboy while it was still wet.  Thinking that I would be able to get a tighter seal and push it down a little further.  Because when the stopper and the carboy were completely dry I tried to squeeze the stopper into place, but it would just keep popping back out.

So I started to push the wet stopper on the the carboy with very little force, and the darn thing shot right through the opening, into the carboy and sank to the bottom of the beer.

I didn’t have a second stopper, and I didn’t want to let more air get to the beer (oxidizing it).  So I just took my 3-piece stopper and some electrical tape, and taped that to the top of the carboy nice and tight to make sure that no air would be able to get in.  I know this isn’t the ideal way to do it, but I didn’t want to loose a whole batch of beer just because the rubber stopper fell in.  After all, I’m just Trying to Get By! 😉

Lesson learned – Dry off the top of the carboy and stopper before trying to put in place!

Does anyone know if this will effect the taste of the beer at all?  Or will be harmful to drink after a week or 2 in the carboy with the rubber stopper sitting in it?

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