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Enterprise2002

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#1 10 years ago

I have a computer which I've accidentally managed to set beyond a screen resolution the monitor is capable of handling.

How can I get windows to revert to a simple resolution, so that I can change and set it to the resolution I was using before.

This is Windows XP. I've tried Safe Mode however it doesn't seem to have any effect, any ideas?




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#2 10 years ago

Use safe mode, and enter display settings from there. At this point you should be stuck at 640x480. When you reboot, the resolution should be carried over. Obviously, from that point you can set your resolution back to what it should be.

Alternatively, you can temporarily attach a different monitor that supports the resolution you're currently running, and lower it using that.




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#3 10 years ago

Safe mode is the way to go if you don't have an extra monitor. I think F8 will get you into the menu to select safe mode, but I prefer the other way (unplug the machine halfway through the Windows bootup process) ;)




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#4 10 years ago

He's already tried safemode with no effect.

Right click on the desktop, go to properties, go across to the settings tab, drag the slider all the way to the left and then click apply. :confused:




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#5 10 years ago

Ha. Way to read the OP. You can still use safe mode to uninstall the driver. Next boot will drop you into VGA mode, which should allow you to reinstall at a nice, crappy resolution.




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#6 10 years ago
Nemmerle;4398880Right click on the desktop, go to properties, go across to the settings tab, drag the slider all the way to the left and then click apply. :confused:

If the monitor isn't displaying anything because the resolution is too high it's gonna be a bit difficult to do that...




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#7 10 years ago

Whenever my res has been set too high it just clips bits off the edge of the screen.




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#8 10 years ago

With older monitors all you usually get is a message from the OSD telling you that the "Signal is Out of Range", and nothing else. Sometimes you won't even get that.

Odd that changing the resolution in Safe Mode doesn't work, though, I've used that trick before now - although this was on an older version of Windows, so that's probably why. Dropping the VGA driver, as C38368 suggested, is another way around the problem. It'll most likely be picked up again immediately upon reboot anyway, except with the lovely default 640x480 resolution.




Enterprise2002

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#9 10 years ago

Yeah driver solution worked. Should've thought of really.

Guess I was a bit hung up on the fact that I through a safe mode, which still works was supposed to be somewhat safe from failure, but maybe that's just me.

thanks for your help.