On 2017-08-18, Jeff Layman wrote:
Yesterday, as on many previous occasions, I got a YouTube video on my
Panasonic TX-55CX680B "Smart" TV for my grandson. As the advert at the
start came to an end, the screen froze, then went blank. I could not get
back to the video or even to the TV channels. The only buttons on the
remote which the TV responded to were the eHelp and Power on/off (into
Leaving it in standby for a minute or two didn't help. I could turn the
TV on, but other than the eHelp button, it didn't respond. So I turned
it off at the mains, waited for a couple of minutes and turned it on
again. Everything was back to normal, and this time the YouTube video
Panasonic audiovisual equipment is one of the brands I will not buy.
Recently superseded in my loathing by Samsung.
I have three pieces of Samsung equipment, a Galaxy smartphone, a laser
printer and a smart TV. They all work as described and have never given me a
minutes problems, once they had trained me to use them.
Now I am easily driven up the wall by annoying devices but (and I am a long
time Linux user) I think the TV is the best implementation of Linux that I
have ever employed. During the four years that I have owned it, every menu
item behaved exactly as intended. No false results, no crashing. Total
reliability. If I had to buy again I would, as always check for user reviews
first but the likelihood is that I would buy Samsung again.
I just wish we hadn't destroyed our reputation for reliability that we used
to have and had South Korea's!
Mageia 5.1 for x86_64, Kernel:4.4.74-desktop-1.mga5
KDE version 4.14.5 on an AMD Phenom II X4 Black edition.