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This usually happens when you select a resolution or a refresh rate that is beyond the monitor range. For example if your monitor supports a max. resolution of 1024x768 then if you give it a signal of 1600x1200 it will display out of range.
Solution of this problem is to reduce the resolution or refresh rate frequency.
Changing screen resolution in Windows XP:
First right-click on the desktop and then left click on Properties
from the menu that appears.
The display properties
dialogue box will appear as shown in fig 1.1
below, click on the settings tab
at the top right of the box.
The areas worth noting are:
This slide bar is what you use to change the resolution, the options
you have will depend on your graphics card and monitor, but the
standard options are 800x600, 1024x768 and 1152x864.
Normally the default (in XP) is set to 800x600 which means the display will be 800 pixels wide and 600 pixels high.
How to Change the Screen Refresh Rate of Your Monitor
- Click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
Alternatively, right-click the desktop, and then click
- Click the Settings tab, and then click Advanced.
- Click the Monitor tab, and then click the screen refresh rate that you want to use.
- The default refresh rate setting is 60 Hertz (HZ); however,
your monitor may support a higher setting. Check your manufacturer's
documentation for information about the settings that your monitor
- If you use a higher refresh rate, you can reduce the rate
that your screen flickers; however, if you specify a refresh rate that is too
high for your monitor, your screen may become unusable and your hardware may be
- Changes to the refresh rate affect all users that log on to
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