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Hourglass shaped red

After 2 years I turned on my Akai PT4298HD and the projected blue coloring was shaped like an hour glass on its side. Red and green were fine. I tried to manually adjust convergence (assuming that might be the problem) but it had no affect on the shape of the blue pattern. Can someone tell me what this might be ?

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