Ubuntu on 1080p HD television edges cut off

Asked by Jaime Cruz

This is actually a long standing issue I've had with every version of Ubuntu I've run on my laptop. When I connect it via HDMI cable to my Mitsubishi 65" HDTV and switch the display over, the top, bottom and sides of the display are off the screen. This makes it very difficult to do anything as the launcher on the left and the status panel on the top are not visible. I can't find any settings to adjust this to "shrink" the size of the display.

These areas are partially visible if I change the display from 1920x1080 to 1280x720 but the entire screen is still not visible (and I'm not exploiting the TV to its fully capability).

Has anyone else seen this issue? How can I fix it? Currently running Focal Fossa 20.04.2, completely up to date with maintenance. No proprietary drivers on an IBM Thinkpad T420.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

What is the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a


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Jaime Cruz (jaime-cruz) said :

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 09
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:32 memory:f0000000-f03fffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:5000(size=64) memory:c0000-dffff
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS
Release: 20.04
Codename: focal
Linux jaime-Laptop 5.8.0-44-generic #50~20.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Feb 10 21:07:30 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Does it help if you change the aspect ration of your screen using the remote control.

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Jaime Cruz (jaime-cruz) said :

I actually tried that. I can see the whole desktop now, but there's a two inch black margin around the entire image. Can't seem to find a control on the television that will allow me to expand it SLOWLY. It's either too big, or too small. I know... I know... buy a new TV...

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