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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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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

Posted on Aug 03, 2008


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Unfortunately, a cinema screen is even wider than a widescreen TV. Because of this (in order to keep the original aspect ratio), even with a widescreen TV you still end up with the black bars top and bottom.

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Have you got any different picture modes on your TV. I've got a Toshiba and it has something called 'cinema mode' which does eliminate the bars. Unfortunately it does it by zooming in on the picture slightly, so you loose a bit off the side of the picture and the image does get a little grainier.

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