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Enlarged picture My picture appears to be in the zoom mode all the time. I'm in the widescreen mode because I have a widescreen HD TV and any other mode leaves me with black bars either on top/bottom or each side. I could not find anything in the owners manual referencing the zoom button on the remote and whenever I push it I get the hand icon with the red circle with a slash through it super imposed on top of it. So, when is the zoom bttn on the remote functional because I believe it might fix my problem?

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Re: Enlarged picture

Maybe it isn't the player, but the Aspect button on your tv remote.. Try it. The TV may be in Zoom mode, most new tvs have it.

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