Alright, I have some interesting news to report...
First off, sorry for my absence last week (busy). In any event, I seem to have fixed the 4:3 reset problem (accidentally) I might add.First, the story:
My mom was watching TV while biking, and noticed that after the 30 minute mark, the TV reset to 16:9. So, we set the egg timer up once again, turned the unit off and on, and started counting. Twenty minutes went by and I decided to disconnect the cable from the wall. For ten seconds the cable was out and the TV was still in 4:3 mode. I plugged the cable back in and figured the egg timer had 10 minutes left anyway, so it shouldn't matter. Well, 10 minutes came and went, and so did an hour after that! The TV did not reset itself once. I was like WTF!@#$!~! Perhaps It Was The Cable All Along?!?!?!?!
Other than the above, I have only done one other thingupgrade the coaxial cable to one that is RG-6 Quad Shielded. Before this, I was using the cheapest possible cable (the kind you just slide onto the F-Connectors) because I wanted to test the TV. I hadn't purchased the ends yet, so I couldn't make the cable I wanted. In short, I just wanted to make sure the TV looked decent. I had always intended to put a good cable on this TV, but didn't do it right away. So, whether it was removing the cable from the wall while the unit was on (causing some sort of shock that made the TV wake up), or replacing the crappy RG-59 cable with an RG-6 Quad Shield cable, the TV now works as it is supposed to. In addition, the 4:3 setting now stays after the unit is powered down and turned back on!!! Prior to this I would set it to 4:3 and turn the TV off only to find it back to 16:9 when it was turned on again.**One thing to note is that the Samsung technicians (George and Casey) both said that it was NORMAL to revert back to original settings after the unit had been powered off and on (despite what I told it to display at)! Clearly they do not know their product well enough.**
Can you imagine if your car radio worked in the manner in which they suggested? You leave it on 106.1 and when you start your car it always goes back to 92.5 every time...how annoying would that be?!? No, a radio works in that it stays on the very last station you listened to after the key is turned off. Even if the radio itself is turned off and turned back on, it still stays on that very same station as well. Finally my TV does exactly that, it remembers every setting I've told it. WOO HOO!
Sorry that this has turned into a long post, but I'm happy to report that my TV now works without issue. The cable is coming straight from the wall (no cable box, and no HDMI/DVI connection to the TV).RRH:
If the new box doesn't work for you, try buying a higher quality coaxial cable and see if it still does it. Apparently interference coming off the amplifier/splitter we have, or the fact that the old cable was just a POS, was causing the problem all along.