Okay, I guess I'm good to go now.
Let's see if I can remember everything I wrote the first time. I'm a first time flat screen owner. I bought a 50 inch series 4 400 Samsung plasma (PN42A400)one week ago. I was going to get an LCD but circumstances and a super deal intervened. I know nothing about any of this. Everything I know about plasmas I have read on this forum in the last week. I changed all my settings for the break-in period as advised here (lowered brightness and contrast and all that) and have been adjusting my picture size to zoom1 whenever I watch something with the black bars on the top and the bottom. I don't have HDTV and am not obsessive about having the absolute best picture.
Anyway, my computer genius friend came over yesterday. He took one look at my new TV and said he could give me better picture and sound. We went to the store and got an HDMi cable (might have the name wrong). He then hooked it up and now I do indeed have much better sound and picture. I simply watch it from a different source. However, my picture sizes changed too. Now my biggest screen size is only full fit (or something fit). About 40% of the shows I watch have the black bars on the top and the bottom unless I go to zoom to get rid of them. Now, I don't have that. I called my friend this morning and he had me re-hook the other cable so now I can switch back and forth from the new way to the way it was, but here are my two questions:
Is there anything else I can do to fill the whole screen with the HDmi cable hook-up, rather than switching back and forth all the time?
Do I really need to worry about the black bars all that much? Am I okay just watching everything in the Hdmi setting? I've read quite a bit that says you should avoid those top and bottom black bars, particularly during the first 100 hours, but do I really need to be this paranoid? Obviously I wish to avoid retention and burn-out.
Any advice would be appreciated. As I stated, though, I barely know anything about all this, so I hope nobody gets super technical.