Question about Vizio P2 42 in. HD-Ready Plasma Television
Recently I have noticed that the picture on my vizio occasionally gets "pushed" to the left. It leaves a black stripe on the right side of the screen about 2-3 inches wide. It would be comparable to going to the movies and the projector not being lined up with the screen, except of course the picture doesn't run onto the wall to the left of the tv, it just dissappears. Especially noticeable when there is any type of words on the screen, such as during the news. Any ideas??
I had the offset left issue for non-HD channels with my Panasonic 42" plasma, using Comcast HD cable box. Went into the configuration menu (to get there with the newer Comcast boxes, you have to turn the box off, then hit the menu button on the box immediately after). You will see on the menu a resolution (probably says 1080i), then below it a "4:3 override". Our said 480i. When I changed it to "none", so that it stayed 1080i, it worked! It also works by selecting 480p, but then the picture is stretched.
Posted on Jun 12, 2010
For me it was the cable box settings...
I'm not a tech person, so take this for what its worth. I had the same problem with my Vizio and my Time Warner Cable HD/DVR box using the HDMI cord connection. HD channels were always fine, and non HD channels were fine until I went to an HD channel and back. When switching back, the non-HD channels would be shifted to the left as you describe. After much back and forth with both Vizio and Time Warner (each saying its caused by the other), I stumbled across the following fix...
I went into the cable box (scientific atlanta 8300) "settings", under "display," under "output resolution." There was a list including 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and "auto select." I unchecked both 480 options and left 720 and 1080 checked. Problem solved. The other "Display" menu settings are as follows: Picture Size = Stretch, Aspect Ratio = 16x9.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
I have a Vizio 42" LCD tv, with and explorer 8300 DVR box. I have tried the different suggestions regarding choosing this or that resolution from the settings menu on the DVR box. None have worked for me, but this is what does work:
The problem only occurs when switching from 1080i or 720p to 480i. When I get the black stripe on the right side when changing to 480i, I change to a 480p channel, e.g. music choice channels, I then press the last/previous which takes me back to the 480i and the screen is perfectly aligned.
I contacted Vizio about this glitch and they told me it was a Cablevision firmware issue, I doubt it is. As I do not have this issue on my Samsung LCD.
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
When this happens leave the tv on, shut the cable box off from the front of the box then hit menu on the box. the customer setting menu will appear use the curser buttons on the front to select HDMI setting. it will say color output 4:4:4 this is not a ture standard set it for RGB and hit menu to escape.
Posted on Mar 28, 2008
Sounds like the horizontal alignment is the issue. First make sure that there are no buttons being accidentaly pushed or stuck in a pushed position. Next try putting the remote in a secure place where you can monitor it. Inspect the area around the tv where the horizontal adjust button is. I have seen things like blinds, pets rubbing, even a plant that had pushed a button on a tv. If you conduct this little science project and do not get and results take the tv to an authorized repair center and they will help you.
Posted on Mar 26, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I agree your screen is cracked. It's smooth to the touch because you're not actually touching the LCD section of the screen, just the protective coating. The advantage of owning an LCD TV over plasma... you can replace the screen either by going to the manufacturer or some place like e-bay. It's not a difficult thing to do if you take your time and pay attention to the details.
Posted on Apr 09, 2008
You would look for a format button on your remote.
Dish Network: bottom left the asterisk "*" button
DirecTV: top left, second from the top labelled "format"
Cable remote: look for format, zoom, or aspect ratio
Pressing this button should scroll you through the options.
Posted on Apr 24, 2008
Don't replace anything, Vizio has issued a lifetime warranty for this set because of this problem. No joke, call the customer service line and tell them you got the pop of death. They'll send someone out to 'repair' the set free of charge. If they can't fix it they'll give you a new one. Even if your mfg purchase warranty has expired. Call them and post the results. I've been fixing TV's longer than I care to admit and this is the first time I've actually seen a company stand behind their products like this. I bought a broken tv with the intent of fixing it and after replacing almost every board I could only manage to get the vertical racing stripe line, except mine was purple. I put it all back together and called to find out if there was a recall on this set and within 5 minutes the (Actual English speaking) gentleman told me to sit tight and he'd have a repairman come and do his thing. He did, and long story short, he couldn't fix it. Last week they delivered a new TV to replace this one. I was shocked. I think Vizio will have all my future business.
Posted on Mar 23, 2009
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