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How can I set PS3 to display in 4:3?

Hello, I wonder if anybody can help me.  Since I have changed house I can no longer fit the projector screen size to the screen.  The only way I have found is by changing the projector display to 4:3.  When I do this it fits fine but the display from the PS3 is distorted and everything looks as being enlarged.  I have been trying for hours to change the display of the PS3 from 16:9 to 4:3 but I could not find this anywhere.  Does anybody know how to do this?  The PS3 is connected via HDMI to the AVR and from there to the projector.  Many thanks.

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Well, if you convert a 16:9

Well, if you convert a 16:9 picture into 4:3, it will get distorted.

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

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Well, if you convert a 16:9 picture into 4:3, it will get distorted.

Even the PS3 menus are distorted not just the movies so, how do I change the PS3 to send 4:3 instead of 16:9? 

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

In "video output settings", go to "TV type".

Check this.

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

bigboss wrote:

In "video output settings", go to "TV type".

Check this.

Thanks Bigboss, these are the options I have been trying for hours and I am going crazy.  After the display resolution selection screen I do NOT get the screen where you can choose the TV type as 4:3 or 16:9.  It must be that somehow it has already stored this as 16:9 or, it detects that it is 16:9 and does not give me the option to choose.  I will try reseting otherwise I will contact Sony.  Thanks for your help.

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

What resolution have you set it at? Try "standard" or 480p & see if you get the option for TV type.

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

bigboss wrote:

What resolution have you set it at? Try "standard" or 480p & see if you get the option for TV type.

I do not understand the logic of this but you are right.  If I set the resolution to 576p (the lowest option with HDMI) then, I get the option to select TV as 4:3 or 16:9.  This is really bad news because it means that I would only be able to project at 576p if I want to set the projector to 4:3.  I suppose this means that it can only output HD formats in 16:9?  Very strange limitation.

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

Yes, I suspected that would be the case. I read somewhere that you cannot change to 4:3 in case of an HD picture. It is a strange limitation. I think that's because the PS3 assumes that the pictures are not made in 4:3 anymore since the advent of HD. Is it really that difficult to set your projector to 16:9? You're probably better off to sort that limitation out.

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RE: Well, if you convert a 16:9

Yes, that would be the other option.  I need to see how I can manage because in the new house the distance from the back wall (can not use the ceiling) is 4,5 meters instead of 3.  Therefore the picture generated in 19:6 is much larger than the screen.  My wife does not want to install a bigger screen so the alternatives will be either a new projector or maybe a blueray that can display HD in 4:3 (if this exist which based on your explanation, probably not..).  I will have to figure it out.  Thanks very much for your help, at least I know now that PS3 will not work.

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