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When I switch my windows XP Home Edition on instead of the usual gradual build up to Desk Top & icon programmes etc. I get the usual large black screen but instead of the windows motif appearing I get a deep blue oblong about 6"x1" with a message ("OUT OF RANGE") (H:27.8K V: 61.9) The H27. 8K Flashing Red This happens every time when switching on and the only means of closing down is to turn the power off. I have a Lap Top connectd to the Desk Top which is working perfectly well as normal Computers on AOL

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  • Jackcharnock Aug 22, 2008

    Afraid it did not work but many thanks

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The results you are seeing are actually from the monitor itself. It's telling you the vertical and horizontal sync frequencies to help you troubleshoot your lack of display.

You'd usually see this happen when someone has set the resolution too high, and the monitor just can't handle it.

Power up, and keep tapping F8 until you get a Windows boot menu. Choose "safe mode", let it boot to windows. Go to display properties, and then settings. The slider for the resolution will now be right down. (left-most). Click it once, so that the apply button becomes valid. Hit apply and let it restart.

You should now boot to Windows normally, but with a very low resolution. Go back to display settings and bump it up one step at a time, using the apply button. (which will revert back one step if you don't hit "yes" within 20 seconds).

That way, you can find a resolution that looks right, but isn't too high for your screen.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Aug 23, 2008

    Howso?



    Were you able to follow that, but it still doesn't work afterwards?



    If you have a dual-monitor output on your video card, it could just be a case of enabling one or the other ports. i.e if you were using the wider DVI cable (white plug), the video card may be set to use the standard (narrower and blue) cable.

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