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Resolution too high makes monitor unusable.

By Skutty
Apr 24, 2007
  1. Hey TechSpot,

    I accidentally set my video resolution to something my monitor can't handle, and have no way of setting it back. I've tried it on three different monitors - two gave me 'signal unreadable' messages, the third just gave static - and I tried navigating through the menus using a different system as reference, but to no avail. Any help? :D
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    Have you tried the Safe Mode boot and then fixing the drivers?
     
  3. Skutty

    Skutty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    I've safe mode booted, but the drivers aren't broken, reinstalling them won't change the resolution will it?
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Boot into safe mode and uninstall the video drivers. Then, boot into normal mode, reinstall the video drivers and set the resolution to something your monitor can handle.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. Skutty

    Skutty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Thanks Howard, you never disappoint. xD
     
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Or, instead of uninstalling, just set the resolution in Safe Mode..
     
  7. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    "Or, instead of uninstalling, just set the resolution in Safe Mode.."

    Yes, like in FIX THEM!

    :)
     
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,623   +320

    Or you don't even need to screw around with safe mode. On that menu where you choose safe mode there is also VGA mode, which boots your system like normally but at a low resolution, its basically designed for situations like this.
     
  9. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Thats what i did

    I agree with Nodsu totally.
    Mine locked up from a wrong video setting,Safe mode fixed it.
    I have XP Home.
    It helps to name YOUR OS,;)
     
  10. Ressurrector

    Ressurrector TS Rookie Posts: 45

    CARD SHUFFLE TO THE RESCUE!!! take out the video card and boot pc with no video card........hold power shut down.........reinsert video card.......boot pc windows will find it and ask for drivers........ present them :)
     
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