Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi – Full Screen and Change Resolution

I was asked by my girlfriend to see if i could make the font bigger for the title bar… As the Pi is on her 32″ TV made it almost impossible to read, she changed the font size and made the icons bigger but wasn’t fixing the issue.

In the preferences of the Pi, the resolution was set to the largest available and didn’t have any other resolution option (No help). Instead i had to change some settings in the config file in boot folder.

Below is the configuration I changed to remove the black overscan bars and to force change the resolution to something more appropriate for her TV.

Remove Overscan

Open a new terminal (Command line) and enter:

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

This will bring up the contents of the config.txt file. Find:

#disable_overscan=1

uncomment it (remove the #).

Once you’re done, you can press Ctrl+X to prompt a save, type Y and press enter to save.

If you want to test make sure its working you will need to reboot your Pi for the changes to take effect.

While still in terminal type:

sudo shutdown -r now

Your Pi will reboot, then you will have no more overscan black border.

Changing Resolution

Now to change the resolution, as above open a terminal and open the config file with:

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

Now search for:

#console-width=1024

#console-height=700

Uncomment and change the resolution as per your needs. Girlfriend found below settings best for her needs:

console-width=1280

console-height=720

Now to test and make sure its working you will need to reboot your Pi.

While still in terminal type:

sudo shutdown -r now

Your Pi will reboot and you will have your new resolution, if you find you have black border then change the resolution and re-test. For me i originally forgot to change the console height value to 720 so when i rebooted it had vertical black borders either side, so all i had to do was change: console-height=720.

 

 

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