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Can't view entire screen

I have an issue where the picture on my TV is very limited. Whether something is in HD or regular TV, the left and right edges along with the top and bottom edges are cut off. So, the picture fills te entire screen but I'm unable to view subtitles, people's heads are cut off and anything to the extreme left or right are cut off as well. I've already try pressing the format button on the remote and the TV is connected to a Scientific Atlanta 8300 DVR/HD reciever via the HDMI cable.

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Make sure that you tv is set to the "standard" format and then try changing the aspect ratio on the cable box.

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