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How to make the tv display the full desktop from my PC

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January 16, 2013 1:45:56 AM

So I have build my first computer and it's great but my graphics card is only outputting about 95% of the desktop to my also newer plasma.

Now this problem happens frequently with a laptop and I'm used to it. The fix there? Just close the laptop and it goes full.

Now that I have a desktop for the first time nothing works. I have tried fussing with all the settings and resolutions but I know the clue is in whatever a laptop does when it closes. I guess it switches to only 1 display?

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a b D Laptop
January 16, 2013 1:59:19 AM

Look if it is a tv setting. Should be a button that switches to 4:3, full, just, and zoom.
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January 16, 2013 2:12:13 AM

k1114 said:
Look if it is a tv setting. Should be a button that switches to 4:3, full, just, and zoom.



Dude. I just built a computer from scratch with zero knowledge whatsoever on the subject... do you honestly think I am going to register here and ask a question and it ends up being a button on the remote?

Not to be rude. But I am not my grandfather. Plus I told you, I have tried all the settings including those in the monitor configuration menu. [edit] I have been on these forums longer than you even. Just noticed that.

This is also a Windows related problem and specifically I am using hdmi atm. My tv is in full mode so I see the entire signal. There are black borders on the edges. I want the whole desktop.
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a b D Laptop
January 16, 2013 2:20:47 AM

I have to cover all my bases. If you have multiple it certs and built pcs for 20 years, I'd still do it. This happens a lot and most of the time it is the tv scaling setting so I mentioned that first.

So if your laptop might switch to one display as you think, did you try that? Just to make sure, all nvidia/ati control panel scaling settings and all tv scaling settings?
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January 16, 2013 2:23:46 AM

I was going to say TV scaling too. What native resolution does your TV have and what is your video card and/or windows set at?
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January 16, 2013 2:25:01 AM

i hook up my computer to my tv quite often actually i have a 46 inch sony that i use as far as the resolution is concerned .. couple things to try. make sure that the tv it self is set to 1080p or 720p for the resolution .. i have ATI so i use 2 6870s in crossfire not that it makes any difference but i also connect with the hdmi cable .. when you hook the computer to the tv make sure that the resolution is the same as your tv ... some times for instance it will default to a lower resolution if the tv its self is not at the ideal resolution .. and you will end up with the edges cut off like your saying. in the amd control panel its under my digital flat panel / HDTV select 1080 p or 1080i .. @ what ever hertz your tv supports most older ones are 59/ 60 hertz ..
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January 16, 2013 2:28:09 AM

maestro0428 said:
I was going to say TV scaling too. What native resolution does your TV have and what is your video card and/or windows set at?


1,920 x 1,080 for both.



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January 16, 2013 2:32:33 AM

i cant comment on invidia because i have never used any of there stuff .. but as for amd stuff then yea.. come to think of it there should be an automatic scaling thing your supposed to check ..
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January 16, 2013 2:33:17 AM

by the way some tvs just make shitty monitors ..
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January 16, 2013 2:39:32 AM

goodguy713 said:
by the way some tvs just make shitty monitors ..



True. But this is a Panasonic Plasma. It works fine on my laptop. Exactly what I want (except for a bit of a glitch when you run HDMI2 aspect which is 100% and it sometimes starts flashing green until you cycle through ratios.. I hoped the new computer would not do this).

Like I said. You close the lid on the laptop and BAMN! 3D movies. 1080p. No problems. I don't know how to "close the lid" on a desktop.

I tried disabling the main monitor and different monitor layouts.. same thing.
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a b D Laptop
January 16, 2013 2:51:44 AM

so if the laptop is doing 3D, it's running at 120hz as is the TV? Could the PC need the refresh rate set manually. Sometimes you get a weird scale when it's not in a correct refresh.
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January 16, 2013 2:55:17 AM

Well I just installed Catalyst and perhaps it can help configure this.
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January 16, 2013 3:14:38 AM

Well I fixed it myself by dragging the overscan in catalyst up to 0%
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