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Screen resolution - Picture too big for screen

I purchased a 50 in panasonic plasma HD. When I watch regular TV the heads of people are cut off,when I watch sporting events I can't see the header at the top or bottom that gives the stats (i.e. qtr, inning, score, etc).

What can I do?

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Give the model number of your tv.

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  • ready2helpu Oct 25, 2008

    There are typically to ways some folks handle this (to me, both are unacceptable, but not to others). One is generally called "stretch mode." That horizontally elongates 4"3 broadcasts, making everyone fatter and squished looking. Another one is generally called "zoom mode." this produces no distortion but at the expense of cropping off a good part of the picture (generally the top and bottom).

    Generally speaking, both the TV and the STB have such capabilities. There are some situations where you can't seem to do it on one device, but then there's the other device.

    There IS one situation where I DO use such controls. Even before HD, I'm sure you noticed that some shows were letterboxed (black bars top and bottom). I call that "faux widescreen." Gave you the "feeling" of widescreen while you didn't have a widescreen display. This is till going on... example, Rescue Me on FX. On a HD, because it's a SD channel, it comes in 4;3 so black bars on the sides. It's faux widescreen, so black bars top and bottom. I DO use the zoom mode here because much less gets cut off than a full 4:3 image.

    Thanks for the information and taking the time to reply. But again, the problem is in the Cablebox. If I disconnect the cable from the cablebox and plug it directly into the TV, I can use the remote control that cam with the TV and can change the size from Normal, to Streech, to Fill, and to Full. No problem - exactly what I want to do. But as soon as I connect the cable to the cablebox - I loose all control of the screen size. I get a full screen picture when I view an HD channel and the screen with the black stripes down the sides when I watch any other channel.

  • ready2helpu Oct 25, 2008

    The first thing you need to do is enter the Panasonic service menu. This requires your remote (often, programmable remotes are a pain for this; the original remote is recommended). Then, follow these steps:

    1. In the setup menu, set the antenna to "cable."

    2. In the timer menu, set the sleep time to 30.

    3. Exit all menus and tune to channel 124.

    4. Adjust the volume (on the TV, not your receiver) to 0.

    5. Press the Volume Down button on the television set panel until a red CHK appears on the screen.

    Once you're in this menu, you should know how a few buttons on your remote function, until you exit this menu:

    • The TV/Video button changes video inputs.

    • The Power button (on the remote) toggles menus.

    • The up, down, left, and right arrows are used for navigation.

    Once at this point, you can actually fix this power glitch once and for all.

    Fixing the Picture
    Here's what you need to do:

    1. Move the cursor to VER and press the Enter button on your remote.

    2. Select 16:9 (you are able to choose either 4:3 or 16:9), and press Enter.

    3. Unplug the TV set.

    4. Wait 60 seconds.

    5. Plug the television back in.

      When you plug the TV back in, it should still be in service mode.

    6. Save your changes and exit the service menu.

    Things should work normally now. The key thing to look for is that curved image, and check out the top and bottom of the picture. If you can see those news tickers, you're all set.

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  • ready2helpu Oct 25, 2008

    To those with problem with the picture being cut off, you can actually enter service mode to adjust it manually! :D Just follow these instructions: Power on your TV Go to menu and set antenna to CABLE Then, go to sleep timer in the menu and set it to 30 Exit menu and go to channel 124 Then, adjust volume to 0 on the remote Then, at the front of the TV, press the volume down and the word "CHK" in red appears Finally, press the power button on the remote You will then see a big service menu at the middle of the screen To adjust, use the volume buttons to adjust the values. To change each category, use the channel buttons. To exit the service menu, press the power button on the remote, and it will return to "CHK" in red at the upper left hand corner. Then, press the power button at the front of the TV to turn off the TV. If you want to see a summary or self-check, press the power button and action button at the same time for two seconds instead. Don't forget to copy down all of the original values on a separate piece of paper before you adjust the values. I'm still browsing it, but I don't have the time to adjust the screen right now.


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The resolution from the source is set too high, also check the settings in your television it may be set too high.

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  • Ekse Oct 25, 2008

    can you post me the model of your panasonic, and details of the video source so I can get you some instructions on how todo that.


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