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Posted May 7, 2010
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HD gets "clipped"

I just got a 42" vizio and am trying to figure out how to set up my uverse to work with it.

The problem is when I try setting the uverse to 720p or 1080i, it wants to "clip" off the sides, and I can't read the sides of the guide or menu, yet the picture looks fine.

I just got a 42" vizio and am trying to figure out how to set up my uverse to work with it.

The problem is when I try setting the uverse to 720p or 1080i, it wants to "clip" off the sides, and I can't read the sides of the guide or menu, yet the picture looks fine.

HD gets "clipped"

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May 7, 2010 6:43:36 PM
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How is the U-verse DVR/STB connected to the TV?

 

1) HDMI cable

2) Component cables (red, green, blue)

3) Composite cables (red, white, yellow)

4) Coaxial cable

 

Only the HDMI cable or component cable should be used for an HD picture.

How is the U-verse DVR/STB connected to the TV?

 

1) HDMI cable

2) Component cables (red, green, blue)

3) Composite cables (red, white, yellow)

4) Coaxial cable

 

Only the HDMI cable or component cable should be used for an HD picture.

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May 7, 2010 6:45:14 PM
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It's just hooked up with a composite cable right now, as I did not have any component cables.

It's just hooked up with a composite cable right now, as I did not have any component cables.

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May 7, 2010 6:46:55 PM
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Composite cables will no work.  It will result in the behavior that you see.  You must use either an HDMI cable or component cables.

 

Composite cables will no work.  It will result in the behavior that you see.  You must use either an HDMI cable or component cables.

 

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May 7, 2010 6:50:48 PM
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Alright, that's what I was starting to think, but didn't know for sure. A silly question would be, since I have extra composites, can I hook them up as components, or is the cable somehow constructed differently?

Alright, that's what I was starting to think, but didn't know for sure. A silly question would be, since I have extra composites, can I hook them up as components, or is the cable somehow constructed differently?

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May 7, 2010 6:50:49 PM
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To get the full picture in 720p or 1080i mode, you must use Component cables (3x RCA, colored Red-Green-Blue, labeled Y-Pb-Pr), or you must use an HDMI cable.

 

If you need inexpensive cables, try Monoprice.com.

 

HDMI cable for $4.09.

3-connector Component cable for $2.74.

5-connector Component cable for $5.14.  (Also carries audio).

 

To get the full picture in 720p or 1080i mode, you must use Component cables (3x RCA, colored Red-Green-Blue, labeled Y-Pb-Pr), or you must use an HDMI cable.

 

If you need inexpensive cables, try Monoprice.com.

 

HDMI cable for $4.09.

3-connector Component cable for $2.74.

5-connector Component cable for $5.14.  (Also carries audio).

 

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VooDooCC wrote:

 

Alright, that's what I was starting to think, but didn't know for sure. A silly question would be, since I have extra composites, can I hook them up as components, or is the cable somehow constructed differently?


Composite cables deliver an analog signal as opposed to an HD signal; therefore, you cannot used them with an HDTV if you wish to see an HD picture.

 


VooDooCC wrote:

 

Alright, that's what I was starting to think, but didn't know for sure. A silly question would be, since I have extra composites, can I hook them up as components, or is the cable somehow constructed differently?


Composite cables deliver an analog signal as opposed to an HD signal; therefore, you cannot used them with an HDTV if you wish to see an HD picture.

 

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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May 7, 2010 6:59:04 PM
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Alright, thanks to both of you. This thread can be locked now.

 

I will most likely end up using the link provided by somejoe.

Alright, thanks to both of you. This thread can be locked now.

 

I will most likely end up using the link provided by somejoe.

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texasguy37 wrote:

VooDooCC wrote:

 

Alright, that's what I was starting to think, but didn't know for sure. A silly question would be, since I have extra composites, can I hook them up as components, or is the cable somehow constructed differently?


Composite cables deliver an analog signal as opposed to an HD signal; therefore, you cannot used them with an HDTV if you wish to see an HD picture.

 


 

Nonono.  The cables are almost identical -- other than coloring of the ends and, often, the gauge of the wire.

 

So to answer the original poster...yes, if you have some composite cables lying around, you can connect them to the Component Video output of the U-Verse set-top box and the Component Video input of the TV.  Just make sure you keep straight which cable is which, since they won't match the colors on the jacks.

 

I personally don't do this because I've got boxes of cables of all kinds, and because a set of cables from monoprice is just a few bucks.  But in a pinch, I've done this and it works just fine.

 


texasguy37 wrote:

VooDooCC wrote:

 

Alright, that's what I was starting to think, but didn't know for sure. A silly question would be, since I have extra composites, can I hook them up as components, or is the cable somehow constructed differently?


Composite cables deliver an analog signal as opposed to an HD signal; therefore, you cannot used them with an HDTV if you wish to see an HD picture.

 


 

Nonono.  The cables are almost identical -- other than coloring of the ends and, often, the gauge of the wire.

 

So to answer the original poster...yes, if you have some composite cables lying around, you can connect them to the Component Video output of the U-Verse set-top box and the Component Video input of the TV.  Just make sure you keep straight which cable is which, since they won't match the colors on the jacks.

 

I personally don't do this because I've got boxes of cables of all kinds, and because a set of cables from monoprice is just a few bucks.  But in a pinch, I've done this and it works just fine.

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Cheer is right, the makeup the cables are exactly the same, the only difference between composite and component is the color of the tips and sometimes the guage of the wire (I have seen component cables in the same guage as composite a couple times before), I have used Composite cables many times in the place of Component cables, never noticed a difference

 

@texasguy37-That doesn't make any sense, HD and digital are not the same thing

 

You are right that Composite cables transmit an analog signal, but so do Component cables, and Component cables are compatible with HD

 

The Composite connection itself does not support HD, but Composite and Component cables are completely identical, they are both stranded copper wires with an RCA connection on each end, the colors are just to prevent a connection to the wrong jack

Cheer is right, the makeup the cables are exactly the same, the only difference between composite and component is the color of the tips and sometimes the guage of the wire (I have seen component cables in the same guage as composite a couple times before), I have used Composite cables many times in the place of Component cables, never noticed a difference

 

@texasguy37-That doesn't make any sense, HD and digital are not the same thing

 

You are right that Composite cables transmit an analog signal, but so do Component cables, and Component cables are compatible with HD

 

The Composite connection itself does not support HD, but Composite and Component cables are completely identical, they are both stranded copper wires with an RCA connection on each end, the colors are just to prevent a connection to the wrong jack

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mikedamirault wrote:

 

@texasguy37-That doesn't make any sense, HD and digital are not the same thing


I never said that HD and digital were the same thing.

mikedamirault wrote:

 

@texasguy37-That doesn't make any sense, HD and digital are not the same thing


I never said that HD and digital were the same thing.
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texasguy37 wrote:

mikedamirault wrote:

 

@texasguy37-That doesn't make any sense, HD and digital are not the same thing


I never said that HD and digital were the same thing.

 

What you said was, "Composite cables deliver an analog signal as opposed to an HD signal."  Which implies that analog and HD are two different things.

 

In truth, SD can be analog or digital, as can HD.

 


texasguy37 wrote:

mikedamirault wrote:

 

@texasguy37-That doesn't make any sense, HD and digital are not the same thing


I never said that HD and digital were the same thing.

 

What you said was, "Composite cables deliver an analog signal as opposed to an HD signal."  Which implies that analog and HD are two different things.

 

In truth, SD can be analog or digital, as can HD.

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