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When I play my computer game Battlefield 2142, it goes to 640 resolution and the edges of the screen is cut off. This ocurs in may games.
The normal res (1216x676) looks ok in windows because I resized it in the NVDIA software.
Is this a problem with the TV, the Vidoe card, or something else?

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No problem with it. Just the cable your using. The signal is confusing the tv.

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The Emerson LC320EM1F has an HDMI connector (HDMI 1) that can be connected to a computer with an HDMI out or a DVI out. With a DVI connection, you will need a ferrite core on the HDMI cable. You can use a DVI to HDMI cable or a DVI to HDMI adapter with the appropriate cable. You will also need a 3.5 mm to RCA (M/M) audio cable (or the adapters and cables) if you want to use the TV speakers. If you have only a VGA output on the computer, you will need an analog to digital converter (like this: ).

You can find the manual for this TV including the connections here: . Enter your model number and then the list of manuals will appear. The connection to computer diagrams is on page 13.

Once you have your cables (you will get the best prices from an online shop), turn off both the computer and the TV. Connect the cables then turn on the TV and set it the HDMI 1 input. (Use the Source button on the remote. You can also press CH Up repeatedly.) Then turn on the computer. If your computer has a recent version of Windows, it should see the TV automatically if the port is active on the computer. For a laptop, you will need to change the display settings to use the TV monitor. Right click on the desktop (anywhere there are no icons or programs), find the Display properties option. Set the monitor option to use the second screen (extended or monitor only). Click Apply and confirm the setting on the pop-up. (These are Win7 directions; other OS versions will be similar.) For a desktop, you may need to go to the Screen Resolution option after right-clicking. (This is a shortcut to the Control Panel Display settings window. Thus you can also click Start > Control Panel > Display to get to the right area.)

Some machines may need the port enabled in the BIOS first. This applies more often to older laptops or those with a power-saving option that turned off unused ports. You will need to enable the port with a different monitor active before connecting to the TV. Accessing the BIOS varies but usually involves pressing Esc, F1, F2 or F10 repeatedly after you turn on the computer. I often miss the timing; just turn off the computer and try again if the OS loads or the log-in screen appears.

If you get an unknown mode message on the TV, the previous monitor may have used a refresh rate and resolution that the TV can't understand or the TV was turned on after the computer was turned on. If it's the second case, press CTRL-ALT-DEL twice or turn off the computer (you will see a warning that Windows was improperly shut down). Then turn on the computer. If you have the first issue, go to the previous monitor and use the Screen Resolution directions above. Set the refresh rate to 60 Hz. Set the resolution to 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 768 or 1380 x 768. (The options will be limited to those that are compatible with this monitor.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(Note only HDMI 1 supports a computer signal; the other ports will not understand the computer's video output.)

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Can you change the signal format in the display settiings? 1080p is the native one on your monitor, try difrent ones if availabe. also test difrent resolutions.

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When you connect the DVI, try hitting the input, source, or conection button on the remote on TV. Some vendors use different names for the button. Use the procedure below to set the resolution for the second screen to 640X480 first, then move the resolution up one notch at a time to see what your TV can handle.
Many televisions don't allow an input through the VGA connector that's a higher resolution than 640X480. That is probably the format that you see appearing on screen where everything looks huge. You may be able to increase from that slightly after getting 640X480 working.
When you've made all the cable connections right-click on the desktop, then choose PROPERTIES from the bottom of the list.
A small window will appear with a few tabs on the top choose the last one, SETTINGS.
Click on the screen shown on this tab with a numeral 2 shown. On the middle-left you'll see a slider showing large and smaller at each end, bring it down to 640X480, then hit apply
A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm that this size is working, click yes if when it does.
Try increasing the resolution by a notch to see if the next size up works with your TV. If you see the Invalid Format on your TV again, you've gone higher than this particular input on your TV will accept.
To get a higher resolution signal you made need to switch to a different cable type, try DVI or HDMI. Either of the two should work more automatically than the VGA cable you are now trying.
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It maybe that the resolution and /or the frequency (Hz) on you pc is not supported by the tv.
Supported resolutions.
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I assume that you are using a DVI to VGA connection since this TV dose not have a DVI connection.

Make sure that the resolution are set to the following supported resolution:
1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
1024 x 768 @ 60, 75 Hz
800 x 600 @ 60, 75 Hz
640 x 480 @ 60, 75 Hz

Or just make sure its set to 1366x768 @ 60Hz

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Once you do this, you can then put your hdmi cable back in and get into the game. Every game I install I have to first run using the vga cable, and then switch to HDMI.

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