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Wont work with new computer

Bought new Compaq Presario desktop (AMD Athalon X2 5000, Vista Home Premium w/sp1) to replace bug plagued Insignia (P4, XP Home), plugged in to same old monitor (VL173). After turning on, get message: OVERSIZE RECOMMAND MODE 1280x1024 , then monitor goes into sleep mode and wont come back. Tried to restart in Safe Mode. Computer comes up and gives message: Can Not Start In Safe Mode. Upon leaving this screen, displays OVERSIZE message again and goes to monitor sleep again. Thought I had problem with new computer. Exchanged for new. Same problem! Is monitor problem? Only a couple years old. Can it be reconfigured/updated? Been happy with this monitor and didn't plan on replacing. Thanks.

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  • evbaby Nov 20, 2008

    My situation is pretty close to what's described here. I have an older CRT which is able to run VISTA and I can set the resolution lower than the Princeton monitor's native resolution 1280x1024. However, when re-hooking up the Princeton, it will run Vista OK for about 10-15 seconds and then it flashes the Recommand warning again. Can anyone help me on this? Much thanks in advance....

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Since this was a new out of the box computer, Safe Mode was not allowed. In order to change monitor settings (resolution), I had to use another monitor, in this case a newer CRT. With the CRT, the computer booted up, no problem. Once booted, I turned down the monitor resolution and saved. Now when the Princeton LCD was plugged in and the computer restarted, everything works fine. Now the resolution could be set to limits of the monitor.

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I had this same problem, also with a Princeton monitor, on Windows 7. My solution was to reboot in Low Resolution Mode, then go into the settings, adjust the Screen Resolution to 1024 * 768 (this did not show as a supported resolution for the monitor, but there is a way around this as you will see; it will still let you adjust the resolution slider to this, but won't give you the Apply option), then go to Advanced Settings, turn up the refresh rate, apply it, then turn the refresh rate back down to the default for the monitor (on mine 60hz). For some reason, even though Princeton monitor ran 1280 * 1024 in Windows XP, it will not do so for me in Windows 7, so I have had to keep the resolution lower than that, but at least it works. Good luck.

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