Reviewed on Aug 20, 2013

Samsung FH6030
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.1Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Borders
    2. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Dark scene
    2. Uniformity
    3. Dark scene in a bright room
    4. Bright scene in a bright room
    5. Viewing angle
    6. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion blur
  5. Inputs
    1. Input lag
    2. Side inputs
    3. Rear inputs
  6. Sound Quality
  7. Smart Features
    1. Remote
  8. Conclusion
  9. Q&A
This television has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the Samsung H6400

The Samsung FH6030 LED TV has only two main downsides: its rather high input lag, and its limited viewing angle. Besides that, it is a great TV with very good contrast and little reflection.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.2
Motion 7.5
Inputs 5.4
Pros
  • Very good contrast ratio.
  • Good motion handling for an LED of its price.
  • Good semi-matte screen. It can also get very bright, so it will not have any problem in a room full of windows.
Cons
  • Only 2 HDMI inputs
  • Higher input lag than average, but still playable.
  • Limited viewing angle. The picture quality is reduced considerably when you watch it at an angle.

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40" UN40FH6030
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46" UN46FH6030
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55" UN55FH6030
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Design

Borders
Samsung FH6030 Borders

0.83" (2.1 cm)

Thickness
Samsung FH6030 Thickness

2.95" (7.5 cm)

7.2

Picture Quality

4k : No
8.7 Dark scene
Samsung FH6030 Dark scene
Black : 0.022 cd/m2
White : 97.9 cd/m2
Contrast : 4450 : 1

With the lights off, the FH6030 delivers really good blacks for its price.

7.0 Uniformity
Samsung FH6030 Uniformity

The backlight uniformity is better than normal.

9.2 Dark scene in a bright room
Samsung FH6030 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 2.6 %

It also has fewer reflections than average, which is good for watching movies with the lights on.

7.3 Bright scene in a bright room
Samsung FH6030 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 241 cd/m2

In a bright scene, very little light is reflected.

6.4 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 24 °

Like most Samsung LEDs, it suffers from a very limited viewing angle. If you have people viewing it from the sides, the LG LA6200 has better color uniformity.

Pixels
7.5

Motion

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7.5 Motion blur

The FH6030 handles motion really well. It also features true 24p playback and an option for the soap opera effect.

5.4

Inputs

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5.4 Input lag
Samsung FH6030 Input lag
Input lag : 75 ms

The FH6030's input lag is slightly higher than average, but still very playable.

Side inputs
Samsung FH6030 Side inputs

1 USB

Rear inputs
Samsung FH6030 Rear inputs

2 HDMI
1 RF In
1 Ethernet
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 Headphone Out

Smart Features

Remote

Conclusion
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7.1Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
The Samsung FH6030 offers both 3D and an excellent picture quality for the price. If you need a wide viewing angle though, you will be better off with an LG TV like the LA6200.
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Questions & Answers

41 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
38
I just bought this TV a few days ago. Overall, I had been pretty impressed with its performance in gaming and streaming video. One problem I am noticing however, is with Blu-ray playback. I notice this on both my PS3 and Blu-ray player and with multiple discs. About every 20-30 seconds the screen will freeze on a frame for a moment, just long enough to be noticeable. I thought it might be my HDMI cables, as when I bought them I didn't look to check for "high speed," but I checked them and they are in fact high speed. I called Samsung and was told to reset the TV, which I have done with no improvement. Do you have any thoughts as to what this might be? Please note that this does not happen with my games on the PS3 or with streaming video.
This is called judder, and is caused by uneven input lag. Most likely, every 20-30 seconds the TV performs some operation that momentarily increases the input lag. We haven't noticed it on the FH6030 that we tested, though. Disabling processing options (like you would for gaming) will help. Try the extreme and set the input type to PC. This will disable everything and reducing input lag to the minimum. Let us know the results and we will update this answer.
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Is it possible to connect a sound bar to the FH6030 or FH6300 models? They both have digital audio output, but is it any good? What option do I have in terms of connecting a sound bar or speaker system with these two models?
Yes. You can't have anything better in term of quality than a digital audio output because it is digital, so it won't introduce any noise. There are three main ways of connecting a sound bar to a TV: using the Digital Audio output from the TV to the sound bar, using HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel), or connecting the sound bar between the source and the TV.
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The 75ms input lag on the UN55FH6030 that you measured seems kinda high. Would I notice it while gaming?
It is borderline. It is definitely playable, and the majority of people won't notice it, but a hardcore gamer might prefer to get another TV instead.
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I recently purchased a UN40FH6030 and really like the TV. Can you tell me the best calibration settings for overall viewing?
It depends on your panel, room, and personal preference, but here are the settings that we used in our tests:
Picture Mode: Movie
Color Temperature: Warm 2
Backlight: 7
Brightness: 45
Contrast: 95
Color: 50
Tint: 50
Red Offset: 23
Green Offset: 25
Blue Offset: 25
Red Gain: 20
Green Gain: 25
Blue Gain: 25
All processing options turned off
11
What are good calibration settings for gaming - both for shooters and/or horror games? Also, I believe the sound is slightly delayed - what might fix that? I have an Xbox 360 with a Turtle Beach headset, as well as Logitech surround sound.
Disable all options. For gaming, the main goal is to bring the input lag as low as possible. This is what creates a delay. By turning off all options, the TV will display the image on the screen more quickly. The entertain/game mode on the TV usually disables most options by default.
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Is your measurement of input lag with or without game mode turned on?
With.
7
I'm not really into all the technical stuff, I just need to know if this TV has a picture in picture setting.
Yes.
6
I have the Panasonic l39EM60 and I am not happy with it. The motion blur is pretty bad while watching sports or playing PS3. In your opinion, is the Sony r450 or Samsung FH6030 a better choice?
We haven't tested the EM60 in person yet, but yes, we expect both the R450 and the FH6030 to have less blur. They have a smaller viewing angle, though.
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I made the commitment and purchased the FH6030 46". Picture quality is incredible once you've made the settings to your liking. I thought side angle viewing would be horrendous, but it actually wasn't too bad. I've seen worse. Color accuracy is amazing and motion blur isn't much of an issue either. My one complaint about this TV (and I've tried to find an answer everywhere, so I hope there's nothing wrong with my set), is that on dark scenes where a movie may fade to black or when I change the channel on my cable box where the screen is blank, the whole panel goes dim as if the TV had turned off. If there is any text on screen or picture, it triggers the panel to come right back on. I've taken the "ECO Settings" off and all settings that have to do with saving power, but it still happens. It seems when I set the brightness just under 53 it triggers it to go off. I then experimented and set the brightness to around 61-69, and the panel stayed on, but it's too bright for my liking. I also played with the backlight, to no avail. Is there anything I'm missing here, or some other setting I need to shut off to stop the panel from dimming? It's really annoying, especially when you're trying to watch a movie and it turns to black, it looks like your TV just died out. By the way, this happens with all Modes: Dynamic, Standard, Movie, etc.
This 'feature' is called CE Dimming. There is no way to disable it, but you can trick the TV into not triggering it. As you have realized, it triggers when the brightness is less than 53, so set it to 53. You will notice, though, that the shadows are overly bright. To fix this, change the white balance: reduce the offset of all colors equally (red, green and blue) until the shadow details are good (should be around 12, depending on your set). Do not change the gain of the colors, just the offset. Finally, reduce the luminosity of the screen by lowering the backlight setting to your liking.
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Do UN55FH6030 have Motion Interpolation?
Yes. Check out our motion video to see it in action.
5
What are the best calibration settings for playing video games on the Samsung FH6030 LED TV in PC mode? The picture mode can only either be in Standard or Entertain. I can also only change the backlight, contrast, brightness, sharpness, white balance, gamma, color tone, and HDMI black level.
Put it in Standard. Leave the contrast and brightness by default. If you want to change the luminosity of the screen, use the backlight instead. Set the color tone to Warm2 and leave HDMI black by default. As for the white balance, you can use the one we posted above.
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I have a dilemma. I'm trying to make up my mind about whether to purchase Samsung's FH6030 or LG's LA6200. I saw both of them in action yesterday in a showroom and the Samsung model seemed to have better picture definition, although some skin tones seemed more saturated than LG's model, but not always. The Samsung's side-view was somewhat questionable when compared to the LG model, which retained its original picture with no wash-out and black levels that seemed deeper. The drawback with LG was that I noticed slight motion blur as compared to Samsung, and the definition did not seem as crisp. Could this just be due to different retail settings on each TV causing such a difference in quality? Also, the LG screen is one inch bigger. Yet, with all of that said, I always hear good things about Samsung's FH6030 series, and the picture itself looked better than LG. Any suggestions for which one would be the better investment? Sorry for being so long-winded.
Your observations are good. Everything you said is true. The LA6200 has a wider viewing angle than the FH6030, but less contrast and slightly more motion blur. The showroom settings of Samsung TVs are always more saturated because it actually helps sells more TVs. It makes the TV more "colorful", which makes it stand out compared to other brands. Back in your home, just select Movie mode and "Warm 2" colors to have better calibration. If you sit directly in front of the television and are in a somewhat dimmed environment (so you will benefit from the better contrast), I would go for the FH6030.
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How do you switch the input type to PC?
Press the Inputs selection button on your remote. Then, select settings to the right, and PC should be on that list.
3
I purchased this TV and it doesn't have 24p playback. Because of this, Film Mode is not accessible. I contacted an Amazon tech person and after an hour she was baffled. Samsung was of no help. I don't have or don't care about 3D, but I believe the marketing trick is that in 3D the refresh rate is 120Hz, but in 2D the refresh rate is 60Hz. Can this be possible? I am hoping that I am wrong. Is it possible Samsung let you test an earlier model that had 120Hz? Or am I missing something? How can I get this Samsung HDTV to get 24p playback for my 2D movies?
It definitely has 24p playback - you can see it in our slow motion video. The problem is not the TV, but your most likely your source. To verify this, press the info button. This will show the frame rate of the input signal. If it is different from 24p, the Film Mode will be disabled. Also, be sure to put the TV into movie mode. Most Blu-ray players will automatically output at 24 fps when playing blu-rays. If you are using a PC, though, it probably outputs at 60fps instead.
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First, I want to say thank you for putting together such a fantastic overview of the current and upcoming TV tech. This site offers very clear and objective feedback that has been incredibly helpful with making what is a rather expensive buying decision. The side by side comparisons for light/dark room/screens are great and I look forward to more to come. That said, i have two questions: 1. Uniformity on the FH6030 looks much better than on the comparable Samsung displays, but only gets a .5 increase. Why is that? Is it not quite as good as it appears in the picture? 2. Do you think prices on 2013 models will drop even more in the next month as the 2014 models roll out, or do you consider the current prices rock bottom?
Thanks for the feedback. 1) Uniformity is one of the very few scores that we assign subjectively. Indeed, it was much better in this model than in the other Samsung TVs, mostly thanks to the TV being a lot thicker. We didn't give it more than seven, though, because this varies per unit and size, so we didn't want to set a score that was in the same ballpark as the uniformity on plasma TVs (which are always perfect). From looking at it more, you are right. You might have been a little too hard on it. 2) Generally, no. They'v already hit the lowest they can go while still being profitable for the retailer (which you can see by the price charts). That said, you can get your hand on a cheaper one by going to a retail store and haggling the price down. This will be effective only if they have a really hard time going through their stocks for that model. Usually, this works better in April/May when they have new models in stock, or when they're selling off their demo models.
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If in Game Mode the lag is 75ms, what do you think it is in PC mode? I know you don't have the official numbers, but what would be your estimate? Also, I just wanted to inform everybody that to put your Samsung 6030 in PC mode they have to hit the Source button, Tools, Editname and then from the list select PC.
Most likely around 40 ms, which is what we are measuring in our more recent Samsung TV's tests. Thanks for listing the steps on how to do it for those who don't know.
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Is there a PC input connection (VGA + 3.5mm audio) for the FH6030?
No, you will have to go through HDMI.
1
How about the vertical viewing angle? Is it bad? Because I only have a space for the TV in a kinda high position.
We haven't measured it, but it usually is similar to the horizontal one for LEDs. It depends on how high your TV is and how far you are from it. You can always tilt it (some TV wall mounts support this).
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Curious about how I can ensure 120hz playback on the 6030. When I hit info it displays 60p. What does this mean? I want to get the best out of it that I can.
It displays the input signal frame rate, not the upconverted frame rate with motion interpolation on. This is normal.
1
I noticed some glitchiness when using the 6030's motion plus feature. What's the point if it's going to lag up?
It isn't meant for gaming. This feature is more for movies and sports.
1
With the FH6030, is it possible to use a pair of headphones AND the TV's internal volume? There doesn't seem to be any way to use the TV's volume with the external, mini audio out, and I'd prefer a workaround that doesn't require an ext. amp. Anyway, sorry if this question has been asked a dozen times over (couldn't find any solutions on my own), and thanks in advance!
Unfortunately no... you need an amp for this. On the plus side, an amp will give you better sound.
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I just bought the HT-H6500WM Blu-ray system and tried to connect it to the FH6030 TV. The TV has both HDMI ports as HDMI in. The player has HDMI in and HDMI out. How do I connect to get the TV's sound through the home theater. The TV screen reads no signal when I connect HDMI out (player) to HDMI in (TV). Kindly advise.
This TV does not have HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel), so you need to connect the Digital Audio Out of your TV to the Digital Audio In of your player.
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How do I connect my TiVo and DVD to my TV when all the plugs are taken by my cable box connections? I need specific instructions, please.
Buy an HDMI splitter like this one.
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Samsung UN40FH6030... this TV sucks for watching basic cable. How can I get it to look better with basic cable, or do I need to pay the extra for hd?
You can't. Basic cable is just too low quality to look good. You need to get HD channels.
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How does this TV compare to the Vizio M series (2014)?
It depends on which size. Apart from the M 55" and 49", the picture quality is in the same ballpark.
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I have read your article on Refresh Rates. I am still a tad confused about 24p playback. 80% of what I watch is movies and I hate the Soap Opera Effect. Does the Samsung FH6030 have 24p playback?
Yes it does.
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Would this be a good TV to buy for use with my new PS4?
Yes. The motion handling is very good. The input lag is average, but some people reported achieving a better input lag than ours by switching the input type to PC.
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The specifications chart lists the FH6030 as having 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports, but I can only find models with 2 HDMI and 1 USB. Is this a typo?
Yes, that was a typo. It is fixed now. You can see with the pictures that we took that it really only has 2 HDMI and 1 USB.
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This is not really a question, but I am pretty sure the FH6030 series does not have a swivel stand, though the specs listed here say it does. I know the 40" doesn't, at least. But with such a narrow viewing angle, it is odd that they did not make it a swivel stand.
Thanks for pointing this error out. It is fixed now. Looking back at our video footage, our 55" version also didn't swivel.
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A lot of reviews mention audio issues. Have you had any issues there or noticed anything off? The level is low overall, but I'm more concerned with sync.
We didn't test audio in 2013. Sync issues are usually caused by input lag. Disabling processing intensive options should get rid of these kind of issues.
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I'm trying to buy a TV (46" to 48", $800.00 budget) to use to display Excel spreadsheets in my office, probably using an HDMI cable. Which one would you recommend?
Assuming your office has standard ceiling lights and you need a wide viewing angle, (placed in the center of a hallway), go for an LG TV like the LN5400. Not only is it cheaper than Samsung's TVs, its viewing angle is far superior. In your case, the low contrast of the LN5400 is not an issue due to your usage.
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I wanted to thank you for the information that you put on here to help me make my decision as to which new TV to buy. I pulled the trigger and bought the Samsung FH6030. I was really afraid of the high input lag and immediately hooked up my Xbox 360 with Call of Duty. As soon as I pushed the buttons on my controller, it would respond immediately. My aiming was off, but it seemed like my directional pad was responding too fast or over responding. I then set it to game mode and wow what a difference it made! If any gamer complains about lag then they must have super hero reflexes! It is very responsive in game mode. I love my pictures and colors bright and normally use Vivid. Can you recommend any calibration settings for making my colors really bright, rich, and vibrant?
Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, we do not calibrate our TVs to have vibrant colors. Instead, we aim more for natural and correct colors. This is why we have set the settings of this TV to Movie with Warm2 colors. Game mode disables a few of the processing options, so it is hard to get that vibrant look. You can get it very bright, though, by playing with the Backlight setting.
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I bought the FH6030 after my previous TV ES6500 had backlight problems. I bought this FH6030 because of the 3D, but I noticed that the 2D-3D conversion option doesn't produce a good looking 3D image from the 2D display. Can you help?
This is normal for 3D TVs. If you want good 3D, you need to use original 3D content. The TV is trying to guess what the depth of the objects should be, and it is very hard to do this on the fly with only a 2D picture.
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I am struggling with which TV to buy. I have narrowed it down to the LG 42LB6300 and the Samsung UN40FH6030. The TV will be set up on a basement wall. I will be able to tilt it down a bit, so the can lights in the ceiling shouldn't be a problem. There is only one small window that isn't an issue. It is very dark in the basement at night. I want to watch TV and Blu-ray, and the kids want to play Wii. Eventually I see us getting a PS4 or Xbox. The LG seems better for gaming and the Samsung seems better for watching. Any suggestions?
Input lag is better on the LG, but not by much. Motion blur is a tie. For the rest, Samsung has significantly better picture quality (except for the viewing angle). Therefore, go for the Samsung UN40FH6030.
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Concerning the Samsung UN40FH6030, is the motion blur acceptable for watching golf, football, and baseball? I really don't want to watch blurry guys running down-field or watch a golf ball blipping through the air.
Yes, it doesn't get much better than this for an LED TV. Only plasma TVs have less blur.
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Hello, I just bought a Samsung 40" 6350. The picture quality and the Smart apps are great. However, I have noticed some motion blur and judder in faster picture screens. What are the settings and adjustments necessary for stopping or greatly reducing the odds of this happening? Thanks in advance for your response!
If the judder is from Blu-ray discs, turn on Film Mode in Picture Options. If the judder is general, play with the Auto Motion Plus settings to figure out your preference. Off won't produce any judder or artifacts, but it has more blur.
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If you're playing a video game (Xbox 360 or PS4) and the game's Vsync is at 30fps, auto motion plus makes it look like 60fps with some small artifacts around the player. Input lag isn't that bad for games like Skyrim, and they run really clear. Games that have no Vsync (most of them) and dip to 20fps, have no benifit from auto motion plus. Input is borderline playable in driving and first-person games. Just wanted to share that and ask if TVs will one day be able to do anti-aliasing?
Thanks for sharing your experience with that TV. As for anti-aliasing, TVs will never be able to support it in the traditional sense. Anti-aliasing needs to be done on the console side, not the TV. Think of it as downsampling. The TV doesn't have enough information to do it.
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Just bought a Samsung UN40FH6030 on sale at Best Buy. I haven't hooked it up yet, but I will do so soon. I have also ordered a Samsung 3D Blu Ray player model 5900. Will I hook that up to the TV with a high speed HDMI cable? Will that also give me access to my WiFi without anything else required?
Yes, you need an HDMI cable. Your blu-ray player does have wifi, so you don't need anything else.
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I've recently purchased a Samsung Soundbar HW-H450, and I currently have a Samsung FH6030 46" LED TV. The soundbar is asking for my TV to have Soundshare, which my TV does not. Is there no other way to use the soundbar, or are they not compatible?
You can just use a simple digital optical cable.
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Hi there! I really appreciate this site and the care and depth you take in answering questions. I came across a question that I had about something I noticed with a lag in audio when playing DVDs. Your response was "We didn't test audio in 2013. Sync issues are usually caused by input lag. Disabling processing intensive options should get rid of these kind of issues." How do we go about this? Oh yeah, I have the 2013 UN55FH6030 from Samsung.
The simplest way would be to label your input as PC. To do so, press the input button, and then highlight the input you want to label. Press "Tools," and then choose "Edit Name" and pick PC. That should disable the processing options and sync up your audio.
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I have a 46" Samsung fh6030 and the screen just started changing to really dark, I usually keep it on dynamic but it's getting too dark to see now. Is there a way to fix this or is this tv worthless?
It is probably defective now. But just in case, try unplugging the TV for a day, and replugging it. Also, make sure 'Backlight' is set to max, and disable the eco settings (under System).
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.