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DMC FZ20 Aspect Ratio Problems

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I'm using my friends DMC FZ20 and am having problems with the aspect ratio.

Every picture I download (via USB) shows up on my computer as squat.

I have tried using various programs to download and/or open the pictures, including Picture it, The most recent Picassa, and as well Photoshop.

In using photoshop, I see that when I tweak the aspect ratio to .95 (minus .05%) they seem to be fairly representational.

I looked high and low for a driver and to no avail, I could download one from Panasonic Australia if I only had an Australian address that could be verified.

I think I need a driver, but perhaps someone smarter than I could tell me if this is true, and if so where I might find one.

Thanks

Mike

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There's no solution here, its my pc. Somehow all of my pictures are showing up distorted.

Im posting here to remove the question.

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There's no solution here, its my pc. Somehow all of my pictures are showing up distorted.

Im posting here to remove the question.

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