Overscan? On HDTV used as monitor

Pete S peter.smout at o2.co.uk
Thu Apr 22 15:00:01 UTC 2010

On Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:35:58 +1000, Basil Chupin wrote:

> On 22/04/10 22:04, Pete S wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have a 32" HDTV to use as a monitor on my pc, unfortunately the tv
>> overscans (when the desktop is too big for the screen). I have framed
>> the desktop with toolbars to reduce the overall size of the usable
>> desktop, however would like a more elegant solution!
>> I believe this is possible using custom modelines in my xorg.conf file,
>> but have no idea what they should be! Prior to experimenting on my own
>> I thought I would ask if anyone else had encountered similar problems,
>> and if so how to overcome them!
>> On xp the graphics card driver (nvidia 6600) has a 'underscan' option
>> but I can find nothing similar in Ubuntu? Is this going to be added in
>> Lucid? if it is then I will wait for a few days!
>> Any thoughts?
>> Thanks in Advance
>> Pete
> I am using the 6600 nvidia card but do not have to go into the sort of
> configuration you seem to need to do.
> Have you installed the nVidia driver or still using the default (nv)
> driver which is installed by default when Ubuntu is installed?
> If you have installed the driver (System<Adminisstration>Hardware
> Drivers) then you will find the controls for the driver on the top
> taskbar in System>Administration>Nvidia Settings. Have a look there to
> see if what you are looking for is shown there.
> HTH.
> BC


I am running the restricted driver and have been through the settings 
given in nvidia settings with no luck although I am curious what the 
'panning' section is for could this be the answer?

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