Windows Media player 11 not filling HDTV screen no matter what I play.

Posted on 2009-04-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
On any video that is wide screen Windows Media Player 11 full screen is FAR from FULL. I use a 37 inch LCD TV and full screen has about 5 inches of black on either side as well as a ton of black on top and bottom.... Doesn't even fill half of my panel.

Computer run Vista Ultimate, video card is a Nvidia 9800 GTX+ panel connected through HDMI.

Everything else fills screen perfectly including windows media center and power dvd.
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ID: 24094446
Try VLC and or power dvd and see if either of those helps at all ( you may have to change the aspect ratio )

Am guessing it will be something like below

Why does my video appear distorted (stretched or skewed) in the Player?

If your video appears to be stretched or skewed, try adjusting the pixel aspect ratio in Windows Media Player 10 by doing the following:

1.Begin playing the video file.

2.On the Tools menu, click Options.

3.On the Devices tab, click Display, and then click the Properties button.

4.Adjust the pixel aspect ratio by using the slider and/or spin box controls.

5. Click the Apply button.

The video will begin playing from the beginning with the new pixel aspect ratio settings that you applied. Repeat this procedure until the video playback appears normal.

Other then that I dont think it supports aspect ratios very well and to use windows media player classic or the 2 players mentioned above.

Author Comment

ID: 24100373
Was afraid that was going to be the only solution. The Pixel Aspect in WMP11 didn't make any difference what so ever... Hopefully Microsoft will add 16:9 and 16:10 support to the next version... always behind the ball they are. Yeah VLC and Power DVD both work perfect in full screen. Now I just got to decide which to set as default.

If anyone has a work around for 16:9 full screen in Windows Media Player 11 please let me know.  
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Expert Comment

ID: 24100499
Just going to have a play with WMP 11 now - did you use a dvd or was it just a video file ie avi file ?
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Accepted Solution

gecko_au2003 earned 500 total points
ID: 24100618
There are only 2 things that I noticed under tools --> options after right clicking in the menu bar area

go to devices --> display(s) --> properties and you can alter it there also if you go to performance and go to advanced and enable full screen mode switch ( tick the box ) and apply that

Try it again and you can alter the first option and see if that alters the aspect ratio.

Fiddly if you want to keep altering aspect ratios in WMP 11, might as well use VLC with the WMP skin or power dvd or windows media player classic.

You could possibly look for a plugin for WMP 11 which may do it unless there is a registry hack only other thing I can think of is if you use resource hacker but im not going to go into that.

Author Comment

ID: 24150373
Does the same thing on widescreen DVD's and Video files. It did fill the screen for a 16:10 video file... Guess since 16:10 is standard for widescreen computing, WMP is thrown off by my 16:9 HDTV. Odd but not worth the time since VLC works perfect. But I'll let you know if the Full Screen Mode Switch works, I don't think I noticed that option.

Thank you.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24150439
In that case use VLC and just change the VLC skin to be windows media player ;) wink wink

instructions etc are on the site :)

Accept my answer as best with an A rating hahaha lol

Author Comment

ID: 24150545
Under Performance tab in Options I have no Full Screen Mode Switch or Advanced. WMP 11.0.6001.7000
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Expert Comment

ID: 24150603
I googled around a lot and just got a lot of comments about how rubbish windows media player was for altering aspect ratios so gave up in the end and easier to just use vlc or another media player.

I dont like wmp anywho.

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