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Ah, I see,
I certainly understand the sentiment, but if the cable box it set to output 480p, the image has already been down-rezzed when it gets to the TV, right? The other curious thing I forgot to mention is that this Zoom function I was speaking of is found under the "High Definition" section of settings... yet it's only visible effect happens in SD images.
So maybe this is a hardware thing... just tested it again... on SD channels NOT showing a widescreen image (i.e. sidebars), no zoom, on ones that do, image fills the screen. Disable Zoom, black bars 4 sides. All HD channels are not zoomed. And I see they now have an "AutoTune" so if I go to channel 1, I get the HD NY1 feed, sme for other cable channels. I have output resolution set to only 720p (old flat screen I have, its 1366 x 768 I think). Might want to think about a...
Now there's a name I recall from "way back when," how HAVE you been? So I was correct in calling 4 sides black bars windowboxed... a letter boxed image inside a 4:3 frame, resulting in bars on all 4 sides? Question still remains, AFAIK, Zoom seems to only affect images with black bars on 4 sides... which is definitely NOT the way it used to be; so I'm just looking for confirmation. It's just a tad shocking that it appears the current software actually has SOME smarts! It...
No more kneeling down on the floor like I used to do a decade ago! I also recall FDC, RDC values can be useful in troubleshooting (meaning were they too much out range of what others were getting). Again, thanks for your help...
No... letter-boxed used to mean black bars top and bottom, a typical way to show a wide screen image in the 4:3 days (which are still very much with us). As I explained, black bars on all 4 sides, which we used to refer to as window-boxed. Not the same thing as letter-boxed. A zoom on an image displayed that way does NOT distort the image, nor cut off appreciable amount of the picture.
Hmmm, that 6.x update must be for Sammies, just got a new Cisco 8742HD and it's still running 5.2.0_9 (just re-loaded firmware yesterday, 1/31/13). BTW, this box does seem nice, it IS much smaller, all black, and comes with a 500G drive! But I DO have a question... obviously, I did do some playing around. Something seems to work much better than it has in the past (shocker), I'd like to confirm it. In the past, the Picture Size "Zoom" option seemed to always zoom the...
Ah, thanks! This is interesting... after I posted this, I went reading a bunch of other threads... in an 8640 thread I found the advice to press & hold Sel until the power light starts blinking (5-8 secs), then keep holding it until the mail icon flashes (3-4 secs) then press/release the down arrow (all this on the remote). This got to a different set of screens, 23 I think in all. Your technique has a left hand side menu, but the other just page after page. By your...
Yes I did try searching the forum, but only came across a document from Cisco about HDD defragging that warned at the beginning it was destructive of recordings. I am looking for that key sequence that gives multiple pages of every piece of information you could ever want to know about the box and it's middleware. This is a box from TWC in NYC, and I'd guess it runs ODN (because when I fired it up,I got an "OCAP" message) assuming that is what it is still referred to as....
Just to finish off this thread, I took the long hike to a TWC center near me (~½ mile), told my tale of installer deceit, the guy said he'd take care of me. Gave me an 8742, which looks and sounds like IT is the latest. No more switching to component to view OnDemand, he said it has a 500G drive, USB & Ethernet (wonder what for?). Asked about adding additional HD space (not that I need it if it does have 500G) he said nothing "official" but I should do some googling (which...
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