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Screen shows the movie only if open half way

Half way open i can see the movie put when i open all the way it go blank.

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Re: screen shows the movie only if open half way

Bad wire braid from cicuit to screen halfway open makes contact and screen comes on. These portable unit made by off brand companies can be hard to find parts for. But it could also be where the braid connects on either ends is slightly out of place. If you are handy with electronic you could disassemble the unit and check. or replace the braid but there is voltage, and many delicate parts. But its not impossible.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007

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Because many people want to see the "complete" Movie, the "Letterbox Format" came about. I do NOT know what the word "Letterbox" actually means, or how that term was chosen. To get the complete Rectangle into that Square, they discovered that they could shrink the entire rectangle to fit that square. Meaning, what used to take 2 inches on your screen, now may only take 1.75 inches. Now a problem arrose. When you shrink the WIDTH to fit your dinky Square of a TV, the HEIGHT also has to be shrunk along with it, or else you're stretching the image as if it was on silly-putty ("Compression"). When the image was shrunk to fit the TV Screen, they were left with a gap at the top and bottom of the screen. So they simply fill it in with "Black". I guess the only alternative was to leave it snowy.

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