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1920x1080 squeezed into 4:3 via PC
#383293 09/25/12 11:59 PM
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This one really has me scratching my head.

All was going along swimmingly until today. For reasons unknown to me the output from my PC is now squeezed into a 4:3 window. I get full height images, but black pillar boxing at the sides. The image actually looks squeezed. Pop up windows are extra slim and tall now.

As far as I know I changed nothing. I'm still set at 1920x1080 from my PC, I've double and triple checked my "format" setting on my TV, toggling through all the settings. "FULL" is the native 1:1 setting on my TV and the setting which until a few hours ago worked properly.

One thing that I thought may have caused trouble was I downloaded my free "digital copy" of The Blues Brothers using the code that came with the blu-ray I bought. When doing this I was prompted to install some add-on to windows media player to playback HDCP content. Thinking this may have caused trouble, I did a system restore back a couple days. No dice. I'm still squeezed into 4:3.

One other (likely related) issue. OSD from my receiver isn't working. I tried checking my setup settings on my reciever to see if something had been duped into thinking I had a 4:3 tv and the onscreen display has stopped working. When I press "setup" on my remote I hear the receiver click over and my screen goes black, but no onscreen display for setup features comes up. When I exit setup, it clicks back and I get picture again.

Weird. Any ideas?

I think my Onkyo (or it's owner) is whacked.


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Re: 1920x1080 squeezed into 4:3 via PC
spiffnme #383294 09/26/12 12:01 AM
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My guess is the Onk. Mine does weird things to aspect ratios sometimes, too, but I never lose the OSD. Can you navigate through the menus using the front panel display on the Onk and change it the video to Direct or Passthrough?


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Re: 1920x1080 squeezed into 4:3 via PC
spiffnme #383295 09/26/12 12:02 AM
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Just for giggles I put a blu-ray disc into my PS3 to see if playing a disc would properly fill the screen. It did.

It reminded me of another quirk in my system though. The PS3 welcome screen/menu screen has always displayed 4:3 as well. The PS3 is setup for a 16:9 tv, but it's always displayed 4:3 - except this time! When I turned on the PS3 it was displaying full screen (as it should!). I watched a couple minutes of the blu-ray, which also displayed properly and when I stopped the blu-ray playback, the PS3 screen came back up...4:3 again!

I'm really starting to think my Onkyo is whacked.


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Re: 1920x1080 squeezed into 4:3 via PC
spiffnme #383296 09/26/12 12:06 AM
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Bibbity? What model Onkyo do you have?


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Re: 1920x1080 squeezed into 4:3 via PC
spiffnme #383297 09/26/12 12:11 AM
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spiffnme #383303 09/26/12 02:29 AM
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I would try connecting the HDMI output of the PC directly to the TV completely bypassing the receiver. You may have an EDID issue and you PC graphics card no longer knows what formats your TV accepts. Also, you might want to check the refresh rate you PC video card is outputting. The resolution is one thing, the refresh rate also has to be correct.


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spiffnme #385931 11/20/12 09:58 PM
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btw...it was (is) the Onkyo. I played around with some settings and the aspect ratios seems to be working right now, but it has a heck of a time locking on to an HDMI signal. I often have to switch back and forth between sources several times for it to lock on. *sigh* Isn't technology great?


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spiffnme #385979 11/21/12 01:39 PM
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Mine takes a long time for HDMI as well. Drives my wife nuts.


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