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Aspect settings on an LG 42PCIDV

After watching a DVD yesterday our TV which was always set was in widescreen prveiously, now changes the aspect at will. Even during the same program on teh same station so it is not the source that is the problem. We have gone through the manual step by step and taken it off auto and set it on 16:9 (widescreen) but we still have the problem. Any suggestions?

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Re: Aspect settings on an LG 42PCIDV

We had the same problem after a dvd, screen goes norrow, and today it went bang, and now nothing, picture freezes, but you can hear the sound, it is only 18months old, I will never buy that rubbish again

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