5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2013 4:25 PM by hemingways
Myriddan Level 1 Level 1

Just bought a Mac Mini but when attached to a widescreen TV being used as a monitor, I'm getting letterboxing on both sides of the monitor. Can change to any available resolution (1080p, 1080i, 720p, 720i, 1600x900, etc.) and still get letterboxing. Using an HDMI cable to connect the TV to the Mac Mini and the TV works just fine with an older Power Mac G4 running Tiger. Any suggestions?

Solved by Myriddan on Feb 2, 2013 4:24 PM Solved

I figured it out, there is an obscure button on the remote that changes the screen to widescreen mode. I had to push it to change it to "wide" view. You couldn't do it through the menu system either.

Reply by hemingways on Feb 1, 2013 3:58 PM Helpful

What exact model TV is it? Sometimes the TV settings are the culprit, not the computer. Many TV's also have one specific HDMI input that is configured for computers. We need to find your manual online if you don't have it and see what inputs/settings the manufacturer recommends and see if that fixes the issue.

 

If you can't find the manual, have the Mac on, go into the HDTV's settings menu and change the picture size, if it has that option. Most have Zoom, Widescreen, etc. Just keep selecting them until you find the one that works. But also, read the manual because many HDTV's have a specific HDMI input that is best configured for PC's.

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  • Myriddan Level 1 Level 1

    Anybody have any suggestions?

  • hemingways Level 1 Level 1

    What exact model TV is it? Sometimes the TV settings are the culprit, not the computer. Many TV's also have one specific HDMI input that is configured for computers. We need to find your manual online if you don't have it and see what inputs/settings the manufacturer recommends and see if that fixes the issue.

     

    If you can't find the manual, have the Mac on, go into the HDTV's settings menu and change the picture size, if it has that option. Most have Zoom, Widescreen, etc. Just keep selecting them until you find the one that works. But also, read the manual because many HDTV's have a specific HDMI input that is best configured for PC's.

  • Myriddan Level 1 Level 1

    It's a Haeir 19" LED TV, I don't have the exact model number at the moment. It only has 1 HDMI port though, I'll see if I can find a manual online.

  • Myriddan Level 1 Level 1

    I figured it out, there is an obscure button on the remote that changes the screen to widescreen mode. I had to push it to change it to "wide" view. You couldn't do it through the menu system either.

  • hemingways Level 1 Level 1

    Glad to hear.