XP Safe Mode

By MN Novice ยท 4 replies
Mar 5, 2004
  1. I just received a PC with XP pro loaded. When I hook it up it appears that my monitor will not support the set video resolution. When I go into safe mode and change the resolution to 640x480 it works fine but if I reboot it keeps defaulting back to the old resolution. What am I missing?
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Is 640x480 even an option in XP? If it is an option they try 800x600 instead. That's the lowest option I have on mine and maybe you're seeing 640x480 because you're in safe mode. Are you getting an actual error during boot when it tries to return to the original resolution? If not or you're just getting an out of sync range error from the monitor try waiting for the machine to boot up normally then powering the monitor off then back on. I've had that happen on LCDs before when it had a problem sync'ing.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    When you boot up press F8 just before the windows splash screen to get some options. Then boot up in VGA mode and see about updating your video card driver...
    That may work.
  4. MN Novice

    MN Novice TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Booting in VGA mode was the ticket.
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Glad you got it all sorted out.

    :wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

    Hope to see you stick around, and feel free to ask more questions.
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