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I don't think I have that as an option/ability anywhere, however, since my tv is new and i'm still getting used to where everything is, I'll post a list of everything that is possible to access from my menu so you can see if you think child lock might be located in any of these main (and sub) menus or not:
PICTURE MODE: (Entertainment, Movie, or Standard)
auto adjustment (this is greyed out/unusable)
advanced settings (this is greyed out/unusable)
broadcast audio options (this is greyed out/unusable)
auto program (this is greyed out/unusable)
clear scrambled (this is greyed out/unusable)
fine tune (this is greyed out/unusable)
all share settings
PLUG & PLAY:
caption (this is greyed out/unusable)
screen burn protection
divx video on demand
network remote control
And that's all I have to access in my tv settings (this list doesn't include options i have in my DirectTV box's settings, although I figure no point in posting that since anything that will have to do with my brightness settings probably wouldn't have anything to do with manipulating my tv settings, right?)
Let me know if you think any child lock (or anything else for that matter) can be accessed by the above menus and if I can rectify the auto-jump to default thingy.
Do you have any 'Child Lock' protection enabled?
Mine does have a setting such as what you guys have described called 'Entertainment' (& then movie or standard). The problem is, even if I change that setting from Entertainment to Standard (which does reduce the cell light/brightness & contrast by the way), it STILL automatically jumps back to entertainment after a certain amount of time. Really weird!
yeah, our Vizio has that, its an actual preset you can use, actually labeled Retail for the brightness, contrast and what not settings. I actually use it most of the time at home, especially when gaming on the TV. I do like the more "warmer" Colors of the Home settings and what not, but some games and movies the screen is too dark in scenes and the retail settings allow for better viewing. Almost like boosting the Gamma setting in some games.
Most LCD tv's have a Demo or In-store setting preset for displaying... well, in the store.
(usually the brightest settings to compete with the store lighting)
Check to see if that is the default setting...
Darn, that screen burn protector isn't the problem. It still automatically goes back to brightness after awhile. I'll keep diggin...
sounds like it could be, if the brightness and what not is turned up enough, it would kick in and revert back to lower settings to prevent screen burn in.
If your not sure what that is, old school CRT and even Projection screen TV's, (basically what Modern day DLP TV's evolved from), And even Plasma TV's, used to be plagued with screen burn in problems where a stationary image if bright enough would "burn in" a ghostly image or silhouette of the image into the screen so you could see a ghostly image of it, in certain situations, like an all white background, etc.
its still possible for this to happen on LCD TV's as well.
Basically its why Screen Savers were created to lessen the chance and prevent that from happening.
Anyways, give it a try, and see if it helps, its most likely what is causing it, as it does make sense, and as you mentioned its on a 10 minute timer which is exactly how long you mentioned you could use it before this happens.
Ok, I looked into all the menus I have, and apparently the closest thing I could find is something called 'screen burn protection' with an 'auto protection' setting, which is set right now at the exact 10 minutes. So, I turned it off. Unfortunately, I don't have manual for this tv because it was the last one they had on the floor (Sears) so it didn't have one with it. So, blah, I'll have to fumble through all the menus to find if that's the deal or not.
Anyway, I'll try to see if this burn protection thing is what's causing it and I'll post back & let ya know if that's it or not. thx
Not sure off hand, as we have a Vizio HDTV, but one thing that might be doing it, is if it has a Light Sensor function, I know our Vizio supposedly does, though I have yet to see it actually work, but could be some sort of function like that, sensing the ambient light in the room, and dropping the brightness settings at least back to default.
Though thats kind of a shot in the dark guess, I could be way off on it, but its worth a look into, if there is an Auto Sensing Light sensor, deactivate it and see what happens, if it doesn't change anything, then turn it back on, and might have to look else where in the settings for whats going on.
Yep! pretty cool, I'm so happy it works.
Hey, one more piece of help if you don't mind (if you know much about tv settings?)
I'm having a weird issue with changing my picture mode's cell light, brightness, & contrast
on my samsung's menu settings. I can change those feature's numbers just fine, but something
weird happens after awhile. They auto default back to their brighter settings after about 10 minutes or so (on their own) and I want them to stay the same all the time (until I manually want to change it). Any reason you can think of of why it's doing this on its own??
Well looks like BBH and me were on the same track or train of thought as well, needed to switch that graphics from Intel to Nvidia to get it to work.
Good to hear it was solved. I did see the comments about Fn + F6 in that thread, but wasn't sure what it was referring to specifically, if it was actually switching the graphics, or was some toggle for screen resolutions or what.
But good to hear it worked out.
Indeed you did bigBonehead! I apologize for not honing in on what you posted at that time, as I was focusing on what only made sense to me at the time (which was the extended desktop portion of it (F1) I actually did read over all those buttons in the pdf but when that was posted, i had no idea at all what F6's portion was even talking about. The one that made most relevant sense to me for my issue was the F1 explanation, which obviously didn't do what I needed. However, had I known I had a switchable feature, I probably would've noticed the F6 for sure.
Anyways, much thanks to you buddy & everyone else who contributed, I honestly don't think I would've reached my answer without everybody's help
glad you got it figured out!
Figured it out!!!!!! from the other forum!!
Apparently, there's a way to switch from the intel to the nvidia card by pressing FN+F6 (which makes it increased performance & uses the HDMI port by doing so) I can't believe all I had to do all this week was one little pressing of a combo FN+F6!! lol!! amazing.
Oh well (sighhhh of relief) at least I didn't have to end up buying/replacing or fixing something that would cost a lot of money
So there's the solution for anyone else with an Alienware M11x! Happy desktop to tv!
Oh, and much extra thanks to you Shyguy for leading me in the right direction!!!
if you do come up with a solution over there, post back here, in case someone else has a similar problem, and can try the solution.
someone may come in and post in here with a solution as well.
The route I was going with, asking about the drivers, was thinking maybe Updating the Drivers, maybe it would fix something, but with a Switchable Display set up, I'm not sure how that works for updating/installing drivers.
Great Shyguy!! thanks for the wealth of information, I appreciate it! That's pretty weird/interesting about how that intel has a switchable feature. I've gone over to that forum and reposted my issue over there. Hopefully someone knowledgeable specifically about alienware m11x will be able to help me out.
You've all been a big help, much thanks & grats !
Well the drivers are technically out of date, but from doing a google search on them, it seems your Laptop uses that annoying Switchable Intel Graphics feature, which could be throwing a kink into the mix.
It switches from Intel Graphics for low demand 3D and 2D stuff, and switches to the (equally low end) Nvidia Graphics chip for higher 3D demand tasks.
I found this thread about your particular laptop and its Drivers:
M11x graphics drivers (General Discussion)
At least the same series of Laptop anyways.
Not saying the old original drivers are the problem, but they could potentially be an issue.
The Hybrid Graphics interface could also be a kink in the problem.
Its entirely possible the Intel Graphics are enabled when your trying to use the HDMI, and not the Nvidia Graphics chip.
The Intel graphics, should be a GMA 4500 series chip and should support HDMI out, but hard to say, not that knowledgeable about all the features on Intel GPU's, all I know is the 4500 Series was the best they ever had, until the more recent Intel Sandybridge CPU's came out with integrated graphics on the CPU.
Did what ya said..and here's what I got:
The driver name in the display adapters section was actually this: Mobile Intel (R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
The name of the driver: NVIDIA
Driver version: 126.96.36.19955
Also, my windows 7 version is a 64-bit.
Hope that helps, let me know what else I can do..
In Windows 7, Go to Control Panel, Then Click on Hardware And Sound, Then Under Devices And Printers Select Device Manager.
In the Tree Diagram window that opens, find Display Adapters, and Expand that List.
Find the Nvidia Geforce (whatever it is, from what I can tell googling your laptops model, it should be a Geforce GT 335M)
Right Click the Geforce GPU, and Go to Properties.
Once that is opened, then click the Driver Tab, And Where it says Driver Version, copy that down exactly, and paste it into a reply.
Also, your Copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, Is it 32-bit or 64-bit?
If Unsure, Go to Control Panel, Select/Click System And Security, and then just click on System, It will show basic info on your system, the version of Windows your running, the amount of RAM, CPU speed, etc.
In the System section on that page, with the CPU, and RAM info, it will list System Type, it should say 32-bit or 64-bit. Thats how you find out.