dvd doesn't fill widescreen mointer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by mikeb, Jul 28, 2007.

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    mikeb Guest

    i am using a dell SE198WFP set at 1440 x 900. when i watch a dvd it doesn't
    fill the screen, only uses the middle 1/3, black bars at top and bottom. i
    already tried changing the settings under View in windows media player but
    black bars are still there. also checked and am running latest drivers for
    moniter and video card.
    mikeb, Jul 28, 2007
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    Paul Smith Guest

    Your monitor has a ratio of 1.6, the DVDs I've got on hand in front of me
    are a mixture of 1.78 (16x9) and 1.85, I know some films are even wider.

    If you've got some DVDs of say a television series they're usually 16x9 and
    as such will be a closer fit for your monitor, movies are often wider and so
    you end up with empty space top and bottom.

    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.

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    Paul Smith, Jul 28, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Is the DVD a widescreen format DVD? Are the black bars only at the top and
    bottom of the screen? Is the image distorted -- stretched horizontally?
    Cal Bear '66, Jul 28, 2007
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    freddy Guest

    freddy, Jul 28, 2007
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    mikeb Guest

    the particular dvd i am viewing has a ratio of 2.35:1. "widescreen edition",
    other "full screen" dvd's apper with black bars on side. i guess what i am
    looking for a scaleing type feature like so widescreen tv's offer
    mikeb, Jul 28, 2007
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    freddy Guest

    Sorry, my post was intended for mikeb, my oops.
    freddy, Jul 28, 2007
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    mikeb Guest

    yes it is widescreen, the bars are only at the top and bottom, the image
    doesn't appear stretched
    mikeb, Jul 28, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Windows Media Center does allow for scaling. Right click in the playback window
    and select Zoom.
    Cal Bear '66, Jul 28, 2007
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