Just A Simple Reset (Technology)

I probably don’t do enough media/technology related posts.  And was even reluctant to do this one, because I am, by no means, an expert when it comes to the various technological uses we have in the church.  However, if anything, as an unwilling member of the school of hard knocks, I came across something this week that I though someone might find valuable and useful.

After (literally weeks) of seeing this same problem occur, I finally figured out how to fix it.

The problem: the same 47″ Vizio Gallevia flat screen I’ve used for the last 5 years, hooked up to the same MacBook Pro using the same cable and adapter, all of a sudden wasn’t centered properly and there was about a 4-6 inch gap of black nothingness on the left side of the screen.

The attempts to solve this problem:

  1. Tinker with the display settings on my MacBook Pro.
    1. I tried adjusting the display resolution size.
    2. Made sure all of my software was up to date.
    3. Tried turning on mirroring to see if it would cover the entire screen
    4. Confirmed my secondary display settings (1920 x 1080)
    5. Played a Keynote presentation to see if it would cover the entire screen
  2. Made sure there were no connection issues
    1. Tested each connection point to make sure everything was plugged in properly
    2. Checked to make sure I didn’t have any broken pins in my VGA cable
    3. Swapped out both the VGA cable and the adapter with ones that I knew worked on other screens
  3. Tested my computer on another screen

The solution: reset the factory settings on the flat screen!

Needless to say, all of my trouble shooting attempts failed.  Finally, out of desperation, I reset the factory settings on the flat screen!  And believe it or not, the problem was solved!  When all else fails, try a good ole fashioned reset!  Well, that’ll preach!

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