benderman wrote:Thanks for the help guys.
I have a PC monitor that came with a PC a few years back. It has a VGA input and I have connected it via an HDMI - VGA converter that is a small black box with a short wire to the HDMI connector. It isn't independently powered though.
I'll check out the links and try it out when I get home tonight, once again thanks for the tips.
Aha! That sort of converter frequently uses the HDMI power (meant to access the EDID data on the monitor) to power itself, meaning that the Pi never gets the EDID data and, therefore, uses default settings.
You're going to need to go into config.txt and add monitor geometry to get it right.
Follow on solutions... You can get a powered HDMI to VGA device (warning: tends to cost as much or more than a Pi), or find a monitor with either HDMI or DVI-D input. (You might double check the monitor you have...look for a white, rather square, connector. If it has one, that will be a DVI connector and you can just get an HDMI to DVI cable.) Check thrift shops, freecycle, friends, or businesses doing desktop upgrades for free or cheap monitors.