thanks for the quick reply
i tried forcing the resolution. didnt work though.
i also had a lot of fun with canon's customer care service - it was a clear case of me knowing more about their products than they did. imagine my frustration when this woman was telling me the lv-s1 theoratically supports HD but has no inputs for it (she was talking about a HDMI input0; according to her it's impossible to send 720p and up through analogue cables.
i was thinking about getting a new projector when this bulb fries.. i had an idle hope this was a fixable issue though. the projector has given me the "lamp dying" signal for over two years now and it still works
no known firmware updates for this thing then, eh? (i've never updated anything on this thing ysee).