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Old 12-29-2010, 08:07 PM - Thread Starter
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I know there's going to be borders during differen't 4:3 shows and 16:9 shows, and depending on if it's HD or not or well, SD, and if you adjust the screen format. Forgetting that, are having almost 1/2" thick borders around sides and bottom and the top normal on CRT TV's? I recently bought two used CRT's, both 32" models, and the first or 2nd generation of HDTV ready TVs with component. One's a panasonic, one's a samsung, and each have these borders, even when they're off. Where these TV's damaged and the screen somehow knocked out of place? I've tried googling this issue and I haven't been able to find any information which leads me to assume this is normal? But it can't be, because on the sides there's like, a "dot" missing in each line, and you can see "color" of the program you're watching. And the black lines even cut out some of the images, for instance, it'll show blu-ra and the y will be behind the black bar. Anyone have any input on this?

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Old 12-31-2010, 01:57 PM
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The black borders around the edge are typical of CRT screens. They aren't damaged and there's nothing to fix. This is just the way they are.

The reason you are seeing "color" behind the"dot" missing in each line and why your Blu-rays seem to go beyond these borders is because of overscan (which is also normal for CRTs). If you are able to get into the service menus for these TVs you may be able to adjust the amount of overscan to recover some of the picture/pixels that are going beyond the black border. The border however will always be there.

Just a warning. If you choose to do so, be careful anytime you are in service menu mode. One false move and you may screw things up and not know how to change them back.
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