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I have two monitors on my desk and a TV mounted above my desk; I often like to plug my HDMI from the TV into my PC to enjoy watching TV via Plex and other sorts of things. However, I have a couple issues. My TV and monitor have different over scanning options which cause things to be chopped off. I have to manually adjust this setting in my ATI Control Panel every time and it's a bit of a pain.

Is there a way to automate this process? (Detect when a display has changed) to launch Plex and change the display settings?

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you state "ATI Control Panel". This is the old ATI legacy version or Catalyst Control Center? – Carl B Mar 18 '13 at 0:50
The Catalyst Control Center, specifically. I have to change "Scaling Options" under "My Digital Flat Panels". It's a nuisance doing this every time, especially on a TV monitor. – Vaughan Hilts Mar 18 '13 at 0:57
Hi. The question is not very clear. Can you give more details about what specifically do you want to do? What do you consider "display change"? Is it when you connect something to an input/output? Or is it when you change the display settings? Also, I don't understand "different over scanning options". – Luiz Angelo Mar 18 '13 at 13:31
@LuizAngelo Here's another way of rephrasing it: I'm looking for a way to action(s) when I switch my displays around. Specifically, looking to complete an action(s) when I disconnect my main monitor and plug in my HDTV. – Vaughan Hilts Mar 18 '13 at 13:33
Sanyo uses pix shape. is that available? Thought would be, set overscan for monitor and use pix shape for TV to adjust itself to the image. – Carl B Mar 21 '13 at 23:21
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Sanyo uses PixSshape as a way to auto adjust the screen image.

Set the overscan for monitor to your desired adjustment and use Pix Shape for TV to adjust itself to the image.

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I've looked for it and it seems to me there's not an utility out there to automate it. There's no tool to run when display settings are detected. If you're comfortable with the Windows API you can try do develop your own solution:

The best I can offer you is I've never used but it seems to do what you want.

It'll not run automatically, but at least it'll avoid setting it manually.

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The APIs help but rolling my own is what I'd like to preferably avoid. :) Display changer can't do what I want check out over scanning One of my monitors required to be over scanned while my TV does not. – Vaughan Hilts Mar 18 '13 at 14:28
I think you'll have to go with then... – Luiz Angelo Mar 18 '13 at 14:34

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