I'm trying to install Elementary one a spare computer that I'm going to give to my nephew - I don't have a monitor but the computer has an HDMI input so I plug it into my television and try install it, for some reason the install screen just blows up my resolution, normally I can see the entire install screen but when I use elementary I only see the top 25% of my screen blown up huge. I've tried two different USB pen drives - downloaded the ISO two different times, and it still happens has anyone seen this occur - any solutions?

  • Did you try to change resolution from the display plug? Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 12:24
  • Perhaps your TV resolution is wrong or inadequate. Try changing it in TV config. Otherwise you can try to boot USB installer, edit grub line and force a fine resolution.
    – bitseater
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 20:01
  • No because when I try to install Linux mint or another version of Linux resolution is perfect. I was just set on using elementary OS. Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 20:16
  • Have you tried the second option bitseater mentioned?
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 5:32

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I had that problem too. I solved it that way:

In /boot/open configuration file and uncomment disable_overscan=1 (if this parameter is 0 then set it to 1).

Below you have overscan_left, overscan_right, overscan_top and overscan_bottom. Changing values of these parameters you can adjust your display to TV.

After setting everything, save and close document (you need to be in sudo mode) and restart your computer.

Now you can see if system is displayed properly. If not then try changing values for left, right, top and bottom parameters. :)


well here is a solution you might try,get a hdmi adapter and convert the hdmi out on your pc to a VGA signal then select VGA input on the tv and everything should be fine

  • Not all TVs have VGA...
    – Dysproz
    Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 19:46

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