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How do I get rid of the black bar on the bottom of TV screen

by katsimbusm / June 4, 2011 6:28 AM PDT

Hi. I have a Samsung PS59D8000. Whenever I watch free to air HDTV there is a thick black bar on the bottom of the screen and the picture is cut off on the bottom from it. I have set the picture to be 16:9 format, however I still have this problem no matter what picture setting I use.

Please help!!!

Is the product faulty?

Thanks in advance.

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Black bar
by techno-q / June 4, 2011 8:52 AM PDT

What is the TV connected to? an over-the-air antenna? a cable box? What type cable/wires/leads connect the unit to the external device? Do you have the same problem on all sources? Without this information I have no guess as to why you are getting the black bar. I will say 16:9 is the proper picture size for you unit to show a full screen. If the picture size is set to 16:9, then the source or input device is controlling the size.

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black bar
by katsimbusm / June 4, 2011 9:56 AM PDT
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My TV is just connected to an antenna (rabbit ears) and that's it.

The black bar occurs on all sources.

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Black Bar
by techno-q / June 4, 2011 10:04 AM PDT
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You can try to reset the TV back to factory default settings as sometimes the reset does indeed correct a problem/glitch. With the TV on and using the Samsung remote control, press and hold the EXIT button. It will take 8 to 12 seconds before the TV asks if you want to reset to the defaults. Answer 'Yes' or 'OK' and the unit will shut itself off. Leave it off for a few minutes so all internal components are reset and any electrical energy is discharged. When you turn the TV on it will be as it was when it came out of the box. You will have to do the auto-program again. If this does not correct the problem and you have the bar on all channels, I would suggest calling Samsung Customer Care at 1-800-SAMSUNG because your unit will likely need to be serviced.

Hope this helps.

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Back Bar
by katsimbusm / June 4, 2011 10:26 AM PDT
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I tried your suggestion...still the same problem.

Thanks anyway.

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Sorry it didn't work
by techno-q / June 4, 2011 11:08 AM PDT
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You can do a picture test on that TV by going to Menu>Support>Self Diagnosis>Picture Test. If you have the black bar at the bottom of your screen there, you TV will definitely need to be serviced. If the black bar is not visible in the picture test, then something other than the TV is the problem.

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Black bar
by katsimbusm / June 4, 2011 11:17 AM PDT
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tried that too...still had the black bar during the test.

Looks like I'm going to have to ring Samsung.


Thanks techno-q for your help.

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by techno-q / June 4, 2011 11:23 AM PDT
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Sorry I could give you no positive help. On the up side, your TV is in warranty so it won't cost you anything.

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How do I get rid of the black bar on the bottom of TV screen
by yairamac / June 9, 2011 5:22 AM PDT

If the bar that appears in the bottom is showing the energy saving logo, hdmi, dolby surround and pc mode capabilities look into your remote.

*Press TOOLS (is located in the center of your remote in the left corner of the arrows next to menu).
*Down Arrow to DEMO
*Right Arrow turn OFF
*Press the Center button.

I hope this help you solve the problem Happy

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energy saving logo at bottom of screen
by scrappergirl19 / January 22, 2012 8:27 AM PST

Thank you so much. This was driving me crazy. Turning demo off solved my problem!

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Hope This Helps

Samsung is not the issue at hand. I just bought the LG LF5400 TV and a LG BPM35 Blu-Ray Player and no matter how much I tried to increase screen size, there was still a black bar at the bottom of the screen. I even thought is was a player issue and returned it, getting a Sony...problem still exists, even during TV programs. After some research, TV companies have added an extra aspect ratio that most TV's are not supporting... Which causes that black bar at the bottom. I will continue to attempt to correct mine and if I succeed, I will let you know how or what I did.

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Follow Up To...Hope This Helps
by MovieManiaToTheMax / March 12, 2016 12:16 AM PST
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After many more attempts to correct the problem of the black bar at the bottom and speaking with a repairman that's contracted to work on LG...saying it was a ratio aspect issue, I returned it and got a Sony. After set up, I was extremely pleased that I no longer had a black bar (at the bottom) regardless of what I watched. **Reps & Technicians will more than likely tell you that it's normal depending on what you watch, but I knew differently, that most TV's are capable of fully filling the screen...without a black bar at the bottom. If you have this issue and still within warranty, get it replaced.

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