someone please help! I have looks around for days but can not find any help...
I am running Vista Home Premium on my computer with a 4:3 Samsung LCD. While surfing the internet, I turn on WMC with a Happague 250 TV card and watch TV in 4:3 format in the corner of my screen. About a week ago, WMC opened in a window that was 16:9, thus leaving my basic cable signal displayed in 4:3 mode with pull down black bars on either side. Any attempts to re-size the window, keeps the 16:9 ratio. This window takes up too much room on my screen and I want WMC to open in 4:3 mode. I have been to the settings screen and run the wizards to no avail. WHere is this setting?!? It is driving me nuts!
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Been on both sites and couldn't find a solution.
I didn't change any settings, and I have run the wizards several times, making sure I have it set for 4:3.
When I play the window full screen, it shows 4:3. Its only when its a smaller window that it takes on the 16:9. Any attempts to re-size maintain the 16:9.
This may soon be a moot point as I plan on getting a 16:9 monitor, but I just can not believe this setting is buried somewhere and I can't find it!
After about a month of pulling my hair out... I have found a solution...
Try re-sizing you Windows Media Center while holding your CTRL key. You can switch from wide screen to 4:3.
Enjoy this little (useless) nugget of information and realize I have lost sleep over this one!!!
I haven't read/posted in this forums for ages, but videohelp was my first google hit. I must say, that holding the control key while resizing MC does change the aspect ratio. I have a 16:9 monitor but also VGA going to my 4:3 TV. This must be by far, one of the stupidest places to make that change. Why not just simply put it in Settings -> General -> MC Setup -> Configure your TV.
Thank you! Was driving me crazy with my windows 7 set up, first hit on google (as mentioned above) pointed here. Ctrl + window resize drag worked.
I had the same problem, the Windows Media Centre window switched to 4:3 where it had always been 16:9 before.
Thank you for this tip, the Ctrl key and drag to resize, works and I'm now back to 16:9.
This seems like the most obscure way MS could have implemented this setting (what's wrong with a menu option?), even if once you know how it seems obvious.
I recently had the same problem with media center, just opposite yours. Mine went to 4:3 and I wanted 16:9. Had no idea why. Control/resize is such an easy solution, but I had no idea. Thank you for posting, it became a quick easy fix for me because of your post.