Hi there, Bear with me, this will take a bit of background explanation. I have a 19" LCD TV. I have a laptop computer (more specifically a brand new Apple MacBook -- I've been a PC user up to now and recently switched). I wanted to connect the computer to the TV for the purpose of playing movies. The computer has a VGA port (actually it has something called a mini DVI Port, but Apple provided a mini DVI to VGA adapter with the computer). The TV also has a VGA port. So I connected them with a cable. Success! Getting things to look good is a little more tricky. Being a 19" widescreen LCD TV, it's a bit "wider" than the traditional TV -- 16:10 vs. 4:3 (1.6:1 vs 1.33:1). *However*, when I watch TV, the entire area of the screen is not taken up. There are vertical black bars on the left and right (pillarboxing), and the image is the more standard "squarish" image of TV. This is probably because a 4:3 aspect ratio is still the standard for TV. That's fine. When I connect the VGA cable to the TV, the image of my desktop *also* does not take up the entire area of the screen. In fact, it takes up exactly the same "squarish" area as that taken up by the TV broadcast. I am assuming that this is because the standard for VGA is, like TV, a 4:3 aspect ratio. This supposition is supported by the fact that when I change my desktop resolution to something with a 4:3 aspect ratio (e.g. 1024 x 768), the image of my desktop "looks good" on the TV. (Side note: the native resolution of the MacBook is also "widescreen" 1280x800 i.e. 16:10). Unfortunately, when I play a movie, its original aspect ratio is EVEN WIDER than 16:10 or even 16:9 (1.78:1). It is 1.85:1, and that's apparently the standard for cinema. So, when I play the movie full screen on my laptop, it is letterboxed (it has horizontal black bars on the top and bottom). Of course, the image of my desktop is still pillarboxed. The net result is that the actual movie appears to be "windowboxed" on my TV (it is surrounded by black on all sides and takes up only a very thin sliver of an area in the centre of the TV screen). I have found a solution that mitigates this problem: I play the movie in VLC media player, which allows one to change the aspect ratio of the movie, distorting it accordingly. Of course, if I distorted it to 4:3, that would eliminate the letterboxing and the movie would fill the entire desktop image, filling the maximum possible area on the TV. This of course leaves the movie far too distorted. A compromise is to distort the movie to 16:9. The movie is still windowboxed, but it fills up a slightly larger area on the screen. It doesn't appear too distorted either, because 16:9 (1.78:1) is not that much less than 1.85:1. This solution is actually to my satisfaction. The only reason I am writing all of this is to see if I have overlooked something obvious or if you guys have any *better* ideas. Thanks!