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Screen Problems The screen on my television is squished. The picture is fine but doesn't fill the entire screen. There are thick black bars on the left and right sides of the image. Almost as if it were a widescreen image put on its side.

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  • Amanda Goodwin Jan 21, 2008

    Nope, it was in the same spot that is always is. One morning it was fine, the next it wasn't. I didn't do anything to it within that time, just hit the power button.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    Got this television from my day and it has exactly the same problen the screen is compressed across the width of the screen.



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Has the TV been dropped lately? If so it's possible the coils that guide the electron beam are misaligned. Also many tv's (same for computer monitors) have either manual knobs or firmware controls that allow you to position your screen and adjust height, width, etcetera..

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