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TV Picture is bigger than viewable area. How to Fix?

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#1
I have a 1994 32" Proscan TV that has an issue with the picture. The picture is crisp and clear, but the image is slightly larger than the viewable area. The image is cropped by the TV frame and about an inch of the actual picture is cropped all the way around. A good example is when I watch sports. I typically can't see the scores of games because the scoreboard banner bleeds off the screen.

I have checked everything in the TV menu and I do not see any adjustable controls on the back of the set.

Does anyone know what causes this and how to possibly fix it. The TV still looks great, but the picture thing is a little annoying.

Thanks
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#2
I posted this in another thread but I'll copy here for you. I don't know that you're trying to do, but my post was in reference to someone who was trying to watch DivX files on their TV and they said the sides were cut off. So, most of my reply focuses on how to encode the DivX files to be viewable...if that's not you, ignore it, I will explain the rest after that (pay close attention to the italics). Here goes:
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yeah, this happens on anything you watch on a normal TV. For another example, try comparing a DVD on your TV vs on in a DVD-ROM. You'll notice that at least half an inch is cut off on the TV. This is due to overscan on TVs. There are only a few solutions...

First and most common but tedious is to add borders around the videos while encoding them so that the border is what gets "cut off" the screen. Of course, if you'd be encoding to VCD or DVD anyway, this will take the same amount as time as it was going to anyway, so there's no time wasted here.

In addition, though, some DVDs players (from what I've heard) have a zoom out feature that can solve this problem...but most don't.

The best solution, imo, (especially if you're playing DivX files without re-encoding them) but also the most risky (if you don't know what you're doing) is to see if you can adjust the overscan on your TV. Newer models (new as in about the last 10 yrs or so...maybe earlier than that) have "secret" service mode menus that only techs usually know about. These menus will allow you to adjust all kinds of things on your set than you can through the regular menus.

A good starting place to research this is these sites:
http://www.epanorama.net/links/servicemanuals.html#servicemode
http://myweb.accessus.net/~090/how2adj.html
http://216.239.37.104/translate_c?u=http://mapage.noos.fr/tophe/tvser.html%3FKeohiHDTV

See if you can find the "Service Mode" for your specific model TV and then see if you can find instructions on how to navigate the menu and know what you're doing and what to change. It's not difficult, but be sure to read a lot of that stuff I gave you (namely in the second link...check the "Entering Service Mode" section near the bottom and also the "Overscan" section.

You may also want to order a Service manual which should tell you exactly what you need to know, especially if your TV doesn't have a menu like that...in other words, you may have to crack open the TV and look for little dials that will do the same thing...


I just ordered a manual for mine tonight since I couldn't find the service mode for my TV. I hope this will help me, since I have the same problem. Mainly because my fansubbed anime has subtitles that get cut off at the bottom of the screen.

Look for your manual at a site like http://www.servicemanuals.net

There are other sites to check on that first link I gave you.

Good luck and let me know what you do to get around this problem as I'm interested in finding different ways around it. I wish more companies would include the zoom out feature on their players...that would save a lot of trouble.
I recently had to open up my TV to adjust the overscan. Now I can see everyhting on the top and bottom, but I can't find a way to adjust the horizontal size at all on my TV. This sucks, but at least I can see the subtitles at the bottom now.

Good luck and hope this helped.

#3
I have the same problem too.
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First and most common but tedious is to add borders around the videos while encoding them so that the border is what gets "cut off" the screen. Of course, if you'd be encoding to VCD or DVD anyway, this will take the same amount as time as it was going to anyway, so there's no time wasted here.
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Do you know how to add borders around the videos and with what software? My Nero couldn't solve this .
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