Have you actaully tried this - I have now had the componet video lead for my PS dropped through the letterbox, hooked it up to the component in on my plasma, and flicked through PAL, NTSC and Progressive.
PAL and NTSC display as 580i and 480i, but first time I tried Prog Scan the TV didn't switch quickly enough for me to confirm it
Tried again and confirmed the choice 'blind' and after a mo the TV displayed 480p - great, BUT the picture is a bit purple (all the white is purple) and is scaled well of the bottom of the screen. None of the screen sizing options are enabled
Noticed the manual specified that the TV needs to be 525p compatible, mine detects 480p, but these are the same thing aren't they?
Unfortunately don't have another Prog Scan source to try (DVD player was a 'best buy' 2.5 years ago!) and funnily enough don't have another prog scan TV to try the playstation on!
Therefore not sure whether its the PS2, just that game or the TV
BTW the TV is Pioneer 433HDE which I believe from the forum shoudl take 480p??
(and PLEASE don't tell me I should have bought an MXE, I did the research and really wanted the tuner, features and ease of connection and John Lewis sold it to me for £4250 inc underslung speaker, stand and 5yr warranty)
I thought the HDE was not compatible with a PAL progressive signal, which is surely what a UK PS2 will output? Have you tried enabling NTSC output in the game first, then trying the progressive option in the menu?
Yup - set the component out to that funny list of letters (lots of P,Y and /) that I can't remember right now, rather than RGB. If set to RGB you get no picture at all as the lead is connected to component in on the media box, so I am sure that it is correct as the interlaced PAL/NTSC signals look fine.
My favorite theory at the moment is that the PS2 is outputing 575P regardless of what the games manual says (Which the tv doesn't support) and the TV is interpreting as 525P(480P), which would explain why is doesn't fit on the screen etc.
Unless Pioneer come up with any bright ideas this will probably have to wait until I can try a different source or a different Plasma (always trying to convince my mates to buy one!)