I have a 1280 x 1024 monitor I want to use as display. I have an HDMI to DVI adapter. What must I configure to make it work?


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You shouldn't need to configure anything. Because you said you have a HDMI to DVI adapter, I am assuming your monitor is DVI. So just plug the pi's HDMI into the monitor (using the adapter) before turning the pi on and then turn on the monitor and then the pi and it should work.

If it doesn't you may need to force the HDMI connection. Put the SD card in your computer and edit the config file in the boot partition, as described here.

More ways to edit the HDMI configuration can be found here. (Thanks, Jaromanda X.)

  • that's rather sparse info in that link ... raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/config-txt/video.md is where you get real information :p Mar 13, 2019 at 1:01
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    @JaromandaX Ok. Mar 13, 2019 at 1:18
  • Yep, monitor was not on first... Thanks, Del Mar 13, 2019 at 2:36
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    @DelDavidson Does it work know? If so please could you accept the answer? This will finish the question and show other users that it has a solution.
    – Ingo
    Mar 13, 2019 at 9:09
  • @DelDavidson Please accept the answer by clicking the green check mark to the left of the answer. Mar 16, 2019 at 18:31

4:3 1280 x 1024 computer monitors will work because i have used my raspberry pi with a 4:3 1280 x 1024 computer monitor before and it works automatically with no configuration and i used a hdmi to vga adapter because my monitor was vga only

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    Agree. I use a screen with the same geometry and a simple HDMI to DVI cable
    – Dirk
    Mar 14, 2019 at 11:39

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