I have a Pioneer rear projection TV that only allows HD in the form of a VGA connector and ONLY 1080i.

I am going out of the Pi in HDMI into an HDMI to VGA adapter box shown here on amazon.

I have in the config.txt the following:


When the pi starts to boot, I see the Logo in what seems to be in 1080i clearly and stable, then as it continues to boot everything goes nuts as if it is going into a resolution that is not supported by my tv.

I then tried to boot with the same config on my samsung plasma and it does indeed start in 1080i, then drops back to 640x480.

Any ideas?

  • What does tvservice -s output? Commented Oct 4, 2014 at 17:34
  • Try adding hdmi_group=1 and hdmi_mode=5 to your config.txt. Or try using the command tvservice -e "CEA 5" which should make the same settings. See elinux.org/RPiconfig for more info on hdmi_group and hdmi_mode. Commented Oct 5, 2014 at 0:47

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When you connected your samsung plasma, did you connect it to the hdmi->vga converter? If so, try


in config.txt. Maybe the converter box sends out a wrong edid information to the pi.

(The product rating at amazon is 50% good and 50% bad, maybe you got one of the bad ones.)

  • Actually, I connected to the samsung plasma through HDMI only. I see the tv reporting 1080 60i at bootup, then after the logo's finish the tv then reports 640x480 60p Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 23:20

Are you using a noobs based install? if so it sounds like you may have the correct video settings in the config.txt on the recovery partition but not in the config.txt on the boot partition for the individual operating system.

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