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Panasonic viera doesn't display computer correctly

When I connect my Sony Vaio to my 42" Panasonic Viera 720p plasma via the HDMI input, the screen is not displayed properly. It cuts off about 5% on every side, like it is "zoomed in" too far. I can't figure out how to adjust this. Any help? I tried changing the resolution but edges of the screen are still missing. I'm using Ubuntu. I have a panasonic viera TH46PZ80B that say you 'may' have capability to display a sony vaio multimedia lounge pc through hdmi, but it doesn't work. Any solutions/ advice much needed, as want to view films direct from hard drive, not dvd's, as the component setting does not give the quality I bought the tv for. HELP PLEASE!! We were advised by our retailer that this would be possible....

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    I have the same problem with the Panasonic Viera 32" LCD 1366x768, and using Ubuntu 8.10 with a Dell Latitude D820, Nvidia driver version 177. It cuts off about 5-10% on each side in the same fashion. I have set the TV's H & V settings and managed to get all sides visible except the far left side which is still missing about 10%.

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I have had what is fundamentally the same problem. I have a desktop PC that I am plugging in to my Panasonic Viera TX-32LZD80. I am using DVI connection plugged in to HDMI port.

The solution is fairly simple; use the Menu button on the TV remote to get to the Main Menu for the TV and then select Setup which should be the fourth of four options. This will get you to the Setup Menu for the TV for the current channel. Look for the Picture Overscan option, it will very probably be set to On if you have the problem of %5 or so of display being missing on all sides.

Switch Picture Overscan to Off.

This immediately should solve your problem. A note of warning on this is that I suspected this was the problem but when I first looked at the Setup Menu I could not find the Picture Overscan option.

If you are unable to find the Picture Overscan option then trying fiddling with the Aspect settings. You will probably find it set to Auto. Switch it to 16:9 and you should find the Picture Overscan option will be available from the Setup Menu.

Hope it works for you.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

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  • cooldogwalte Feb 19, 2011

    ON my Panasonic Viera 55 g20 it is Menu, Picture, Picture Mode, THX immediately fixed this problem - I couldn't find any overscan menus either.

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    jamie579 Apr 14, 2013

    This worked beautifully for my 42" Panasonic Viera plasma. I pressed the remote's Menu button, then Setup > Other Settings > 16:9 Overscan, and set it to Off. Wonderful, thank you! (I did indeed have to change the aspect ratio to 16:9 from Auto using the ASPECT button first.)

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    Nicolas Cauzac May 26, 2014

    Thanks a lot, 3 years later! On my Panasonic TH-L32X30A the Overscan feature is located at Menu > Picture > Advanced Settings. Resolution has to be 16:9 prior to this. It works perfectly

  • Martin Bergstrm
    Martin Bergstrm Jun 16, 2014

    16:9 is not a resolution, it's the aspect ratio of the displayed image.

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    James Jun 18, 2016

    I signed in just to vote you up and thank you moonglum101. Problem solved!

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Ok if you have the panasonic tc32lx60 model (or dont have the overscan option in the TV menu) on your computer goto your control panel and open your video settings menu (Nvidia control panel or what ever type you have). I have Nvidia so the following steps is for the Nvidia control panel.

once you have the nvidia menu up look for "reset HDTV desktop", should be at the bottom of the list.
on the right hand of the screen will have 2 options (default is "do not resize my desktop"
click on "resize my desktop radial and then the button itself, this will give you a new screen with a horizontal and vertical bar, adjust the bars by left clicking and draggin them to desired screen size, cli

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Hello Glendajayne! Ive had the same problems as yours. I have sony vaio model vpccw13d and panasonic viera S series 42 inch. I am not sure though if we have the same menu options. Go to menu options, choose picture, scroll down till you get to the advance picture options. on HD size options, choose size 2. that should solve the problem. i hope this helps.

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There is no "advanced" menu on the Viera TH-42PX75U, nor are there any overscan toggles coming up in the other aspect ratios. Any help? These solutions have not worked for my Panasonic.

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I just spent 40 minutes trying to find this on a Panasonic TV. The TV menu was a little difficult to navigate until I noticed that there is a little yellow arrow at the bottom of some of the menus/sub-menus that indicates another page of options are available (even though there is plenty of room on the first page for more options, leading me to believe there were no others). Page 2 of the Picture menu has an Aspect Adjustments menu with an HD Size option (Size 1 and Size 2). Size 2 shrank the picture to the correct size so that all elements of the PC screen were visable.

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A section of the screen shows like a vertical shiny band, it looks like pixel problems. Any idea on how to solve it? Thanks.

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