Monitor says out of range

December 30, 2009 at 16:41:20
Specs: Windows Vista

My monitor says out of range when I start up.
I've tried booting in safe mode but that does not work.
I've tried hooking up to an older monitor that worked before but that does not work.
I've tried booting in safe mode on my older monitor but that did not work.
I'm at a loss of what to do. I need to find a way to change the resolution and/or the screen refresh rate without having to boot up. Is there a way I can do this? Thank you.

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December 30, 2009 at 16:47:46

The problem is the video card, not the monitor.

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December 30, 2009 at 16:51:12

If you have onboard video...pull the video card and reset your resolution...then put the card back in.

I don't know if a live cd will help but I think it will as they use their own video drivers.

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December 30, 2009 at 17:03:47

Um. I know I sound a bit stupid but I honestly have no idea what you're talking about. Do you think you could talk me through those steps? I'm not even sure what onboard video is. And what's a live cd?

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December 30, 2009 at 17:20:57

The graphics in your PC has failed. "Onboard" means a graphics adaptor built into the motherboard of your PC. If that is the only graphics port you have then you need a replacement motherboard.
If you have a separate plug-in graphics card then it may have failed or may just be slightly dislodged from it's socket or a number of other possible problems.

I can almost hear your next question already........ "What's a motherboard?"

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 30, 2009 at 17:32:14

So the only solution is to get another motherboard? That seems a bit extreme when all I did was change the resolution to something the monitor couldn't handle. I simply don't understand why booting safe mode doesn't work...

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December 30, 2009 at 17:32:32 reply....somehow.....I came up with the idea that you had fiddled with the graphics resolution and set it above the range of your monitor.

Most newer computers come with the graphics built in.
But there is a slot on the mother board to upgrade by adding a video/graphics card.

A live cd is one you boot your computer off of and it runs xp or win7 off the cd. You can then make changes to you computer.........

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December 30, 2009 at 17:39:08

So it looks like a full system restore with a live cd seems to be the only option?

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December 30, 2009 at 17:42:06

And is there a way to create a system restore disk through the boot menu or set up? I don't want to lose the data on my hard drive...

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December 30, 2009 at 17:58:49

No a live cd boots up your computer using it's own graphics drivers and setting. Once booted you select and change the computers graphics setting back to a working mode.

Your computer should of booted into safe mode and let you change the graphics settings as safe mode uses defaults.

I see you are using Vista????

You don't need to format.......
This must be fixable....LOL!

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December 30, 2009 at 18:11:02

Thanks worldlibrary. I try it out and get back to you.

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December 30, 2009 at 18:31:04

Apparently, I never received a live cd when I bought my hard drive. Is this normal? Should I be calling them to receive one?

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December 30, 2009 at 18:54:11

I'M SO CONFUSED! I'm trying to repair using the live cd I've procured but it's not working! SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP MEEEEEE!! T_T What am I supposed to do? Repair? How do I boot from the cd? Am I supposed to install Windows? But isn't that reformatting? I thought you said I didn't need to reformat? I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW MY COMPUTER HAD AN ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD!! WHAT THE HEEEECK!!!!!!

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January 6, 2010 at 11:36:07

Please quit panicking....we`ll try to solve your problem....

To boot from CD, when the system boots up, press F12 several times, select CD-ROM from the list and press ENTER...then see what happens

If you have Win XP CD, you don`t have to reformat so as to solve problems....just perform a repair installation....

However, I am not sure if the XP is the problem....moer likely it`s the graphics card....

Google is your friend


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