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  • New HD TV a pain

    I'm old school when it comes to consumer electronics. But when our Sony Trinitron (Ton-a-tron) finally bit the dust, we really had no other option but to buy an HD TV. Everybody talks about how great they are, so I was excited. I didn't know it would be such a pain in the ass to get working properly. There are endless settings and calibrations and connections that you have to do in order to get the best picture. I figured you'd just plug it in and enjoy. Not so. I've tried everything I can do but I'm going to have to get Comcast out here to get it perfect. I wish now I had gotten the Sony fixed.

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    1. Get an HDMI cable.
    2. If you have a cable box, make sure you traded in the old one for an HD version
    3. If it's a Scientific Atlanta box, Turn off the cable box. Hit INFO & GUIDE at the same time. It will turn itself on. Use the remote to select all the HD resolutions your TV can handle. If it's a 1080p TV, select them all. Restart the box.

    You will never have to mess with fixing the aspect ratio when watching HD or standard definition programming and you'll never have the stretched screen/ticker falling off the screen issues that so many people have when their cable box isn't set up correctly.

    For some reason #3 isn't in the user manual and I had to find it on an AV forum.

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    • #3
      Bill are you telling us your old analog was better than the presets on the HDTV? Or that the HDTV just didn't meet your expectations?

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      • #4
        Cooter's right - you must connect through an HDMI to get the full value of the HDTV experience, and I did have to get a HD digital cable box from Time Warner(no extra charge).

        Just got my first a couple weeks ago, a 46" Sony Bravia. All I had to do was hook up the HDMI cable to both the cable box and the TV, choose HDMI input on the TV setup screen, and I was set. The TV walked me through the incidental set up items like sound, picture settings, etc.
        There are no strings on me

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        • #5
          What kind of machine did you buy that's causing such headaches? Whatever it was, I surely don't want to buy one of those! My Toshiba was plug and play from day 1. And that has been with both analog and digital converter boxes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Daisy
            Bill are you telling us your old analog was better than the presets on the HDTV? Or that the HDTV just didn't meet your expectations?
            When I, against my better judgement, upgraded to HDTV (42" LCD) and a surround-sound/stereo system, I was out 3 Grand and the difference was BARELY perceptible, and the TV picture is only in the middle 2/3 of the wide screen, so it's no bigger than it was before. When I select full-screen, it's distorted (stretched width-wise).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Marlow
              the TV picture is only in the middle 2/3 of the wide screen, so it's no bigger than it was before. When I select full-screen, it's distorted (stretched width-wise).
              Are you viewing HD specific channels?
              There are no strings on me

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              • #8
                Marlow,

                Do step 3 I listed above. I have Time Warner and a Scientific Atlanta box. Once I went through that set up, I've never once had to touch the aspect ratio and the picture is never stretched regardless if it's an HD or standard broadcast. You will still have the black bars on the sides if you are watching standard definition though.

                I don't know if the boxes other cable companies provide need to do this.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by guru
                  Originally posted by Marlow
                  the TV picture is only in the middle 2/3 of the wide screen, so it's no bigger than it was before. When I select full-screen, it's distorted (stretched width-wise).
                  Are you viewing HD specific channels?
                  HD is always full picture unless im wrong. None HD on a BIG HD screen will look much worse than your old TV. You can change the picture ratio for better results, its really all just an I.Q. test! :P

                  I am an idiot and i was enjoying HD in mins. I have directv which as the most HD channels, cant watch regular tv anymore.
                  phsstt!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cooter Brown
                    Marlow,
                    Do step 3 I listed above. You will still have the black bars on the sides if you are watching standard definition though.
                    OK I will. Part of my problem may stem from the fact that Comcast offers some, not all, stations in both HD and non-HD, so either I'm watching non-HD channels, or I'm watching the non-HD versions of the HD-available channels.

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                    • #11
                      Make sure, as Cooter mentioned, that you are using a digital cable box.
                      There are no strings on me

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Marlow
                        Originally posted by Cooter Brown
                        Marlow,
                        Do step 3 I listed above. You will still have the black bars on the sides if you are watching standard definition though.
                        OK I will. Part of my problem may stem from the fact that Comcast offers some, not all, stations in both HD and non-HD, so either I'm watching non-HD channels, or I'm watching the non-HD versions of the HD-available channels.
                        directv usually offers both hd and reg. Like porn you will know HD when you see it. 8-)
                        phsstt!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SQUACKEE
                          directv usually offers both hd and reg. Like porn you will know HD when you see it. 8-)
                          I'll ask my wife, "So is THIS HD?"and she'll say, "Yes, can't you SEE?!" and I'll shake my head no, and she'll roll her eyes, and I'll shrug my shoulders . . . welcome to MY life.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the tips. Have a new Motorola box and am using the HTMI cable.

                            My new set is a 32LG30. I think it's an entry level set. Bhe picture is not bad and is better than my old set, but it's not as good as I've seen in hotels or at friends' houses. Still, the old one was fine. I've been told I should be able to get a better picture. I'll keep working on it.

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                            • #15
                              http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=lT5HGkfWlII

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