Desktop is bigger than the screen on HDTV

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Monkeychemist, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Monkeychemist macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Hey everyone,

    I got an older mac mini to use as my media center. I finally got the HDMI adapter and hooked it up tonight. Unfortunately the desktop is too big for the screen...meaning that I can't see the outer edges such as the top menus... I tried the 3 resolutions for that TV and all of them are just a little too big and I can't see the top menu.

    Is there a way to fix this?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    Go to System Preferences > Displays and play with the "Underscan" slider until it fits.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What exact resolutions and TV model are we talking about here? Or do the thing ergdegdeg proposed.
    Ah, ponere.
  4. Monkeychemist, Jul 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011

    Monkeychemist thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Thanks! I found in my display preferences a checkbox with overscan. I unchecked it and now the desktop is a little too small for the screen. I didn't see a slider to play around with. But this is much better since I can see the menu items.

    The other poster asked about TV screen/res, I'm not really sure. My TV goes to 1080i. Right now the best size seems to be 720p. TV is Viore 42" plasma


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