I started out with a cheap 40" Sceptre monitor in my cabinet. It has an 8ms response time, so I expected some ghosting, and I sure got it in both VP and FP. To me it is almost unplayable, but I love pinball, so I put up with it. When I show my friends, they say it bothers their eyes too much and they don't like to play it. Anyway, the wife told me she wanted to toss our old CRT TV and mount an LCD TV on the wall. So I decided to upgrade the screen in my cabinet and put the Sceptre back together for our bedroom, as it is awesome for watching TV. I just got a Philips 40PFL5505D/F7 40-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LCD HDTV for $350, which I was very excited about because it has a 1ms response time! I plugged it in to test it out, and I see the exact same ghosting! The Panasonic FAQ on my TV's page says
What causes lag for games & PCs while using DNM or 120Hz?
All 120Hz TVs always work at 120Hz, there are different methods of achieving 120Hz.
1. Frame Repeat (DNM or 120Hz = Off):
e.g. Input signal is 30fps ... The TV will repeat (120/30) i.e. 4 frames ... there is no lag in this case as the TV does not need to interpolate.
[Frame 1 ... Repeat Frame 1 ... Repeat Frame 1 ... Repeat Frame 1 ... Frame 2 ... ]
2. Frame Interpolation (DNM or 120Hz = On):
e.g. Input Signal is 30fps ... The TV uses consecutive frames to construct pseudo frames in between those frames using interpolation. Depending on the level of DNM, lag is more.
There is no setting on my TV to turn off DNM, but I can put the picture into "Game" mode, which just makes things brighter. I'm not sure what to change. In my monitor settings in XP, I can't increase the refresh rate either, it is locked at 60. Since my TV refreshes at 240Hz, I would think I could update the refresh rate to at least 80, maybe even 120. In VP, I get 150-250FPS. In FP, the frame rate just locks in at the refresh rate, since there is no point in making frames that aren't going to be drawn. I'm think I could get 120FPS in FP if I turned some settings down, but still, I can't increase the refresh rate in XP.
Does anyone have any ideas how I should tackle this? The ball is practically invisible when it moves very quickly, but looks perfect when it moves slowly. Also, the ghosting is strange to me as it isn't really a blur, it is more like this: