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The picture has shrunk - maybe 720P vs 480P?

We have had this Vizio P42HD for 2 or 3 years. Suddenly, the picture has shrunk. There are two settings which control picture size: Zoom and Wide. We've always had Zoom=normal and Wide=aspect. We can now get an HD signal to fill the screen only by setting Zoom=Zoom2 and Wide=Wide. This fills the screen, but it seems like there is some distortion and, I think, picture degradation.

We've tried every setting we can find on the TV and had the cable guy out at well. I'm fairly certain it's not the signal because the picture has shrunk from all sources (cable box, dvd player, XBox).

The only guess we've come up with is that in the Setup menu it shows the resolution as DVI: 480P. This is labeled as "Info" and doesn't seem to be changeable. The specs say that the TV is capable of 720P. Can anyone suggest how we could change the resolution to 720P, or why we can't? Can anyone suggest a different cause for our shrunken picture?

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  • Alex42Plasma Mar 21, 2008

    I too have more or less of the same problem, grainy resolution. I've tried inputs (DVD up-conversion Component and HDMI connections, ATT-"U-verse" set top box,) to get the 1080i mode to work. For instance, when the DVD's HDMI cable is connected, it displays a "snowy white screen with small Red/Blue/Black pixels for a second then alternates back and forth to a blank display. Note the "Setup" screen, it shows 480p with the use of the Att-U-verse set-top-box, and the DVD Up-conversion is reads 1080i but with no picture-its just  alternates back and forth to a snow and blank screen. Is there any way of resetting or process of the repair or possible Circuit Board swap.


    Thanks in Advanced




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I have a 63inch lg plasma tv its about 3 to 4 yrs old, i have satellite and suddenly the picture has shrunk, when it is put on zoom the picture will fill the whole screen . my question is should i have the satellite co , come out and check my box , a tv repairman, or is it comething i can do to fix the problem.
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Make sure your hd cable connection from your cable box is going to an hd connection to your tv.[via hdmi, dvi,or componant.] if you have a different hook up such as rca out or coax out, these are not hd connections and you are probably streching out the picture.look at the rear of the tv & cable box and see how the connections are.the hd hook up to the hd input should make the picture the right size only if it's set on the hd input channel.hook up the dvd player to a aux/line in or video/source input and try changing the picture size. you may have to play around with it till you get it the way you want.
hope this helps.
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1. Check the resolution supported by your TV.
Resolution (video mode) varies depending on the TV type. For details, refer to the instructions supplied with the TV.

2. Select (Display Settings) under (Settings) in the home menu.

3. Select [Video Output Settings].

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