HDMI output doesn't fit in 1080p but fits in any other resolution

HDMI output doesn't fit on my Samsung TV. Now, there are tons of threads about "HDMI output doesn't fit", where the solution is generally to configure the TV correctly to "full pixel" or something.

In this case... the TV output works perfectly fine in Windows.

If I change the display resolution to anything else than 1080p, it displays fine. The problem ONLY occurs in Linux when displaying at 1080p. In 1600x900, it's actually looking quite fine, but that's not really the solution.

Anything I'm overlooking?

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Unfortunately, that doesn't help here.

Use it.
Look for xrandr. Use what fit to your hardware on Linux not what fit on M$, please.

xrandr shows me the list of supported resolutions; but I'm much better to use the TV's native resolution. Any reason why it's failing here?

Issue could be with the TV? NVidia driver? Linux config? other issue?

HDMI-1-0 connected primary 1600x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 1020mm x 570mm
1920x1080     60.00 +  59.94    50.00    29.97    25.00    23.98  
1680x1050     59.95  
1600x900      60.00* 
1440x900      59.89  
1366x768      59.79  
1280x1024     75.02    60.02  
1280x800      59.81  
1280x720      60.00    59.94    50.00  
1152x864      75.00  
1024x768      75.03    70.07    60.00  
800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32  
720x576       50.00  
720x480       59.94  
640x480       75.00    72.81    59.94  
1680x1050 (0x4a) 146.250MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width  1680 start 1784 end 1960 total 2240 skew    0 clock  65.29KHz
v: height 1050 start 1053 end 1059 total 1089           clock  59.95Hz
1280x1024 (0x53) 135.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width  1280 start 1296 end 1440 total 1688 skew    0 clock  79.98KHz
v: height 1024 start 1025 end 1028 total 1066           clock  75.02Hz
1280x1024 (0x54) 108.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width  1280 start 1328 end 1440 total 1688 skew    0 clock  63.98KHz
v: height 1024 start 1025 end 1028 total 1066           clock  60.02Hz
1280x800 (0x5f) 83.500MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width  1280 start 1352 end 1480 total 1680 skew    0 clock  49.70KHz
v: height  800 start  803 end  809 total  831           clock  59.81Hz
1152x864 (0x61) 108.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width  1152 start 1216 end 1344 total 1600 skew    0 clock  67.50KHz
v: height  864 start  865 end  868 total  900           clock  75.00Hz
1024x768 (0x6a) 78.750MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width  1024 start 1040 end 1136 total 1312 skew    0 clock  60.02KHz
v: height  768 start  769 end  772 total  800           clock  75.03Hz
1024x768 (0x6b) 75.000MHz -HSync -VSync
h: width  1024 start 1048 end 1184 total 1328 skew    0 clock  56.48KHz
v: height  768 start  771 end  777 total  806           clock  70.07Hz
1024x768 (0x6c) 65.000MHz -HSync -VSync
h: width  1024 start 1048 end 1184 total 1344 skew    0 clock  48.36KHz
v: height  768 start  771 end  777 total  806           clock  60.00Hz
800x600 (0x87) 49.500MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width   800 start  816 end  896 total 1056 skew    0 clock  46.88KHz
v: height  600 start  601 end  604 total  625           clock  75.00Hz
800x600 (0x86) 50.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width   800 start  856 end  976 total 1040 skew    0 clock  48.08KHz
v: height  600 start  637 end  643 total  666           clock  72.19Hz
800x600 (0x88) 40.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width   800 start  840 end  968 total 1056 skew    0 clock  37.88KHz
v: height  600 start  601 end  605 total  628           clock  60.32Hz
640x480 (0x9b) 31.500MHz -HSync -VSync
h: width   640 start  656 end  720 total  840 skew    0 clock  37.50KHz
v: height  480 start  481 end  484 total  500           clock  75.00Hz
640x480 (0x9c) 25.175MHz -HSync -VSync
h: width   640 start  656 end  752 total  800 skew    0 clock  31.47KHz
v: height  480 start  490 end  492 total  525           clock  59.94Hz

I would disagree that Windows behavior is irrelevant. It tells me whether it's a TV config issue or not. (I actually didn't find the "full pixel" or equivalent setting on the TV; there's an auto-scale option but that causes image distortion)

Use this, you are using Linux.

If the hardware manufacturers only support M$ it won't help you with Linux.

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The hardware manufacturer supports HDMI standard; who interprets HDMI on the other side is none of its business. It could very well be a game console or a DVD player.

Although PCs tend to have those overscanning issues that consoles and other devices don't have.

"Native TV resolution isn't supported in Linux" certainly isn't the best answer. There's got to be something else.

Then it's not a problem, why are you asking here?

"but fits in any other resolution"#

use it, please.

The hierarchy is as follows: operating system, user application.

If the application X does not work on the operating system, M$, "Bitten Fruit" or Linux, who do you ask for help?
Garuda Linux provides you with the operating system, not the functionality of an application.

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This is your 5th help request in the last day. You will generally find the receptiveness to give high quality assistance wanes as the frequency of requests increases. In other words, if you go to the well too often, don't be surprised when the well runs dry. :man_shrugging:


Finally found a work-around here; which is a hack to force the TV in recognizing the input as PC.

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Good search effort on your part. Persistence pays off, and soon your search skills will be top notch if you keep up the good work.

Nice job finding the answer for yourself. It always feels much better when you manage to find the solution after you've applied a lot of elbow grease.


Although it works, there remains an annoying detail: whenever I open or plug the TV, it sets a resolution of 1680x1050 by default instead of 1920x1080, and I need to reset it manually each time.

The problem is obviously that 1080p isn't in the xrandr list; but why is it missing?

Where can I report this kind of issues to the teams working on it, so that they're aware of the problem?

Have you seen this Arch wiki entry? I have never done it, but it looks pretty straightforward to set up xrandr with a missing resolution.

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OK they are aware that there are bugs in the drivers (or hardware). I've added the missing resolution in the list, which should solve the problems in theory. I'll need to run that on startup and experiment with it. Thanks!

I'd really put the fault on the driver-side. It "knows" that 1080p is supported, yet doesn't generate the info for it.

Wait a second -- I need to feed the result of the first command into the 2nd command, trimming the first part. That's not very script-friendly!