I can't get my Raspberry Pi to connect via HDMI to either a TV or a monitor. It will connect using AV leads. I have searched various forums, but the advice is always rather technical and doesn't seem to fit with what I see on screen. Any ideas?

  • What is it you see on screen? It will be most helpful if you describe in detail what you've experienced so far.
    – Ghanima
    Sep 30, 2014 at 10:44
  • If I hook up via av I get raspberry pi desktop but if I switch to hdmi i get a no signal message
    – dantp
    Sep 30, 2014 at 11:09
  • what distro are you using?
    – rob
    Sep 30, 2014 at 12:45
  • Is HDMI connected and TV/monitor turned on at boot time? If not, it'll switch to the analog cable. Sep 30, 2014 at 13:13
  • yes the tv/monitor are switched on. not sure what a distro is??
    – dantp
    Sep 30, 2014 at 13:30

2 Answers 2


Did you try to set


in the /boot/config.txt on the sdcard?

If this is not working you can also try

  • I'm having this problem as well. I added/uncommented that line in config.txt on the boot partition which didn't work. Is it supposed to go in the boot folder of the main partition instead?
    – Holloway
    Nov 8, 2014 at 19:26
  • @Trengot, the file is supposed to be in the /boot folder - so that's fine. I had a troublesome RPi (Kernelpanic...) that did not show up on HDMI until setting hdmi_safe=1. If it is not working for you, well, maybe something else is broken.
    – Ghanima
    Dec 1, 2014 at 20:37

Push the HDMI connector in all the way (it fixed the problem for me).

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    This is really a comment, not an answer. Could you please edit it to make it sound like an answer? Obviously it is a possible error.
    – Ghanima
    Dec 27, 2015 at 20:05

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