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Re: Using with 720p display

Thu May 03, 2012 9:52 pm

I have a rather old 720p LCD TV for use with the Pi (LG 42LC46) – it"s a TV I got with bad caps and fixed, so I have no intention (or money!) to upgrade soon.

Anyway, the Pi boots fine on the TV and as expected the image is scaled (looks a little blocky) – but unfortunately it"s cropped at the edges. The TV seems to do this on all 1080p sources; I"ve only really used it with 720p, so is it possible to get the Pi to output 720p on the HDMI, or alternatively scale down the video so there"s a 30 or so pixel border around it (making it a weird resolution like 1860 x 1020)?

It does this in both console and LXDE when using the default Debian build.

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Re: Using with 720p display

Thu May 03, 2012 9:59 pm

Search the troubleshooting section for overscan, and likewise check the Wiki for more information.
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Re: Using with 720p display

Thu May 03, 2012 10:14 pm

Read this...and things I would try first would be:

hdmi_mode=4 (720p/60Hz)

hdmi_mode=47 (720p/120Hz)


You can also play around with overscan_left, overscan_right, overscan_top, and of overscan_bottom with the corresponding number of pixels to skip.
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