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Aspect ratio problems on Samsung LN-S2651D Flat Panel TV

Previously, with the TV picture size set to 16:9, HD channels correctly filled the entire screen while non-HD channels had letter-boxing on the right and left sides of the image. Without changing any settings, when I turned on my tv today, the picture on HD channels now appeared stretched, with letter boxing above and below the image. On non-HD stations the picture now fills the entire screen. The TV picture size continues to be set to 16:9 aspect ratio. I have an HDMI connection to Comcast digital cable box. I tried unplugging the cable box, and unplugging the tv with no success fixing the problem. I also have a DVD player connected and playing a movie, the picture appears to be fine. When I changed the picture size setting on the TV to "zoom" the HD channels then fill the screen (with some loss of the image either on the top/bttm or on side depending on which zoom option is selected). In the zoom mode, the non-HD stations look very distorted. In short it appears that the TV isn't displaying the channel correctly. Moreover, this happened without my changing of any settings. I loose part of the screen view in 16:9 and 'just scan' modes. I can't view the score ribbons in hockey (or basketball) in any mode except 4:3, but that is distorted since I'm viewing HD channels. I've toggled through all screen size settings, but can't find one that displays the entire picture. Heads are cut off, tickers aren't visible, etc. What setting corrects this?

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    First received Flat Screen SOny 32" we had the same problem. Head tops were cut off, ticker at bottom of screen was smaller, (grainy picture) Tried wide zoom, was the same, until Atlantic Broadband tech came. On the converter box, he scanned the manual. This part I cannot explain. I think the manual with all the specs are there on the individual pages. Then he made sure it was programmed ton 10801, (instead of 720p, 480., etc)Then he went in to the Screen setting and chose FULL. Ticker was smaller, but all the info was there though smaller. But the heads were now ok. Sometimes the lower channels pictures were grainy, but HD channels 902, 903, 904 was perfect. This is in Miami, FL, of course where EVERYTHING is screwed up, in addition to the power outages, lightning strikes, and cable outages.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    My converter box has been set up, channel scan completed and plays fine. I set program I wanted to view and channel changed so I could watch my program then converter box cut off. When I try to turn back on, box comes on, green light comes on and iview name comes on the tv. Next, green light goes out, tv screen says no signal and I have a blank screen. Turned box off and on manually and with remote, unplugged from wall for ten minutes, still get nothing. What can I do?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    I have set up and scanned channels available in my area. I have watched television with this converter box without any problems however, after scheduling the box to view a program, the converter box shut off at the end of the program. When I turn the box back on, both manually and with the remote, I get the name iview on the tv screen and then "no signal" appears on the tv screen and none of the channels will come in. I have unplugged the box and tv from the wall and waited 10 minutes but still no success. What can I do to correct this problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    i have a mac laptop and connected to my samsung tv with an auvio adapter and an hdmi cord. how can i get my screen on my tv to display the correct size for my laptop?


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The aspect ratio (zoom) button on the cable remote had been changed. On Brighthouse the # button toggles through the zoom settings. It's not a tv issue, it's a cable fix.

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