Originally posted by TraderGordo
RGB thanks for your input. I unloaded powerstrip, installed the RageTweak, rebooted, changed to 1280x720 which was now in the normal windows resolution choices. I set my background to the test pattern (which looked "messed up" as expected) and ran "AUTO" on the AE700. It did its thing, adjusted every setting in the position menu, and the test pattern looked like it is supposed to. Only problem was, like you just described, the picture was still cropped on the left side. I went into the position menu and it looked like the horizontal position adjustment had maxed out the adjustment range. But here's the interesting part -- for some reason I decided to reboot, and much to my surprise, the picture came up pixel perfect, (still no powerstrip), test pattern looking fine, AND no cropping. I was really surprised by this. So anyway, for those using VGA, this is the method that is easiest although picurewise, I don't think its any better than using powerstrip, and hopefully no worse -- looks pretty much the same to me either way although technically I think you get a true 60hz refresh with the RageTweak method as opposed to Powerstrips slighly lower refresh after custom timings are applied.
For those using HDMI, I believe powerstrip is still required to eliminate overscan/cropping issues as the "AUTO" option in the position menu is not available for you.
Nice catch on the reboot to re-center the 1:1 pixel map 720p image over RGB analog. We were trying so many things that day that I didn't think of rebooting.
Even though I don't mind using RGB analog, I still think Panasonic needs to get dinged for putting the crop/overscan on HDMI inputs.
Be sure to email Panasonic tech support and tell them your concerns. Perhaps we can motivate them to do a firmware update.
At the very least, there should be an option to enable/disable overscan cropping, or adjust it.
I understand their logic- Panasonic probably assumes that all 720p and 1080i input signals are HDTV video, not a computer desktop GUI. Cropping a few lines from video isn't an issue, especially since most movies have black bars in the crop areas (1.85 or higher movies, which would be most).
But it's still no excuse not to allow the option to disable it- after all, this is 2004, not 1999. To assume no one would feed the AE700 a computer via HDMI is ridiculous.
Going back to my assumption re 720p and 1080i HDTV, what if you feed the AE700 1280x720 @72 Hz? The AE700 may not recognize the signal as a standard HDTV signal (which is 60Hz), and may not apply cropping over HDMI. I am assuming current video cards and drivers can go above 60Hz over DVI- I believe earlier driver revs on Radeons locked the DVI to 60hz max. IF the Radeon can't do over 60Hz on DVi, how about a GeForce?
Try different refresh rates from 70-85 Hz at 1280x720 via HDMI and see if the cropping is still there. If ou can go below 60Hz, like down to 48Hz, this may work also to eliminate the cropping at 720p.