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I've hooked up my laptop PC to my 19" TV via HDMI but the resolution is too big (1920 X 1080) and won't display a full window without cutting the top and sides off. The next resolution down is too small and not wide enough. Is there anyway I can get a custom resolution or fix this? I'm using it as a second display.

EDIT: I've tried what Daz suggested and the custom resolutions aren't working. I've set it to 1280 x 980 and it still stays the same. Any suggestions?

asked Jul 31 '11 at 16:16

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edited Jul 31 '11 at 16:42

What graphics card are you using? You need to find out what card you're using firstly. Second of all (if you haven't already got it installed) you need to download the graphics utility for your graphics card. Nvidia have the Nvidia Control Panel and ATI have the Catalyst Control Center.

Once you have one of these installed (if you're using Intel HD graphics there should be a utility already installed) you need to launch the application. Somewhere in that utility will be an option for you to set custom resolutions, refresh rates, contrast and brightness etc.

answered Jul 31 '11 at 16:23

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Thanks I didn't know I could do it through Intels software. Just need to find the right resolution now...

(Jul 31 '11 at 16:31) ojmar ojmar's gravatar image

Your video card doesn't scale the picture properly, you need to find in the Intel's software, where the overscan and adjust that, since 1920x1080 is 1080p resolution.

answered Jul 31 '11 at 16:44

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It almost sounds like your 19" TV is using a non-standard resolution. It might be worth trying to find out what is the native resolution of your TV. 480p, 720p, 720i, 1080p, or 1080i? Your laptop should support all of the p resolutions except maybe 480p.

answered Jul 31 '11 at 19:37

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In the options menu of your TV should be an Overscan option, if you tell me which TV you have I maybe can say you where you find this option. sorry for my bad english I´m german

answered Jul 31 '11 at 21:09

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