We like to watch Nascar and the running order is at the top of the screen. On our TV you can't see it. We have tried the different picture settings, like panoramic, full, cinama, etc. but that doesn't work. How do we change it to show all of the picture? Thanks
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What typy cable box are you using? You should be able to change the settings through the cable box to match your resolutions that the tv can handle, if you don't have the settings on the remote control, call your provider and they should be able to talk you through it
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Some receivers have the ability to do this for you, for instance, all ViP and Hopper receivers from DISH can stretch or shrink the screen to fit. Most HDTvs also have this feature, independent of the type of input, using your TV remote find the button that says something along the lines of screen size, picture fit, stretch, aspect, etc. While watching a program that looks unlike the way you want it to, tap the button until the picture changes to the style you most prefer.
Sometimes the box that sends the signal to the TV preconditions the signal to 4x3 or 16x9, depending on the capability of the TV. I always opt to the "no fit" option and allow the intelligence of the TV to fit the screen.
If you have "off air" TV signal without that preconditioning, I cant help.
If your watching a standard resolution(4:3) picture in wide screen format (16:9). than the picture will be stretched and the tops and bottoms cropped. look in your video or set up menu to change the resolution settings to standard 4:3
If you are watching widescreen format movie or tv programming on a non-widescreen tv, that is how it will appear. The widescreen is a wider picture so to show it on a less wide screen, it has to shrink down to fit. and leave blank space top and botton.
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To fix the picture
NOTE: The TV must be on a flat level surface.
1. From the front of the TV, lift the foam to access and loosen slightly, the brass Rotation Locking Screws on the Adjuster
Assembly,(Use a 10mm wrench.)
2. From the rear of the TV, access the black Rotation Adjustment screw and adjust so the test pattern center lines are
parallel to the sides, top and bottom of the screen frame, (Use a mirror to veiw the picture from the rear of the
3. Tighten the two Locking Screws. Use Locktite to secure the Adjustment Screw.
I had the same problem and tried everything with the tv to get it back to normal. I would look for what was suggested by tvtek, but also look on your cable remote or box for an "aspect" button. That fixed my problem. If your problem occurs with DVDs as well then you may have another issue, but if it is with cable only, try this. When I called our cable company the tech said alot of people this button without even knowing it.