[sf-lug] Intrepid desktop not fitting on screen....

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Fri Jan 23 13:47:23 PST 2009

Hmmm... I was looking all over his Nvidia Settings for something to fix this but never thought of overscan (never even heard of it till now...) So I don't remember if it had them or not. I'll check it out this weekend and report back...

Blake Haggerty

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-----Original Message-----
From:Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net 
To: "Asheesh Laroia" ;
Cc: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" , "Blake Haggerty" ;
Sent: Jan 23, 2009 01:03:10 PM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] Intrepid desktop not fitting on screen....

On Fri, 2009-01-23 at 13:17 -0500, Asheesh Laroia wrote: 
> On Fri, 23 Jan 2009, Blake Haggerty wrote: 
> > Friend of mine saw my Ubuntu setup and wanted to try it himself. I went 
> > over to his house last night and setup a dual boot on his machine. His 
> > computer is connected to a Mitsubishi LCD 46" television. Via DVI 2 HDMI 
> > I was able to get all the Nvidia drivers installed on it running in what 
> > should be the correct resolution 1920x1080, But the desktop does not fit 
> > on the screen. (Cant see the toolbar, Applications, System, 
> > Places...etc) 
> > 
> > Everything I have googled just talks about resolution and how to change 
> > that. I can change the resolution but it doesn't really help (makes 
> > everything really ugly and still doesn't completely fit on screen) 
> On a TV? Sounds to me like overscan. 

Yeah, depending on the model of Nvidia card you have, there may be a 
setting on the "Nvidia Settings" GUI (can't remember the proper name) to 
adjust this value. Look for anything related to overscan. The bad news 
is, if it's not there, I don't think that particular version supports it 
- in other words you're stuck with it. I run MythTV (well Mythbuntu) at 
home on a TV and I have overscan, and an Nvidia card that doesn't allow 
me to adjust overscan. So I use MythTV's custom settings to set the size 
of the GUI to fit the screen. 

Cheers, Tom 

> > I have this working on my home computer but I cant remember for the life 
> > of me how I did it, (I do remember it took some fiddling) I tried using 
> > my xorg.conf which did not work. 
> I haven't dealt with overscan since I ran Linux on an Xbox. I don't know 
> if current digital TVs do that. (And I would guess not!) 
> There used to be a GUI TV tuner configuration tool I used when I used TV 
> out. On the Xbox there was some obscure CLI tool that worked against the 
> onboard NVidia chip it had. 
> -- Asheesh. 

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