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Magic focus grid not straight.

Adjusted magic focus manually. However, on the grid with the white lines, on the left side, top and bottom of the grid the white lines are not straight across and up and down. especially on the left side they curve down to the left. When you watch the picture on the tv there is a wave pattern on the far left side of screen. Not sure what to adjust to fix this problem.

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  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2008

    I have a similar issue, I find I need to magic focus almost every 30 minutes and even when I do it fails to completely fix the issue.

    Is this a problem with the TV or some kind of calibration?


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I'm no expert by any means; but I wonder if it could be as simple as the reflective screening on the inside comming loose. I have a 65" and I took it apart to clean it. The reflective screening looked to me like it could be a weak point. Just a thought.

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