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Old 01-07-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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Out of range. Display settings correct?


I'm brand spanking new to Linux and decided to install it on my mother's PC to save her some money. I used PCLinux OS because it looked to be the easiest to use. When I set it up, I did it at my house, using my LCD monitor. Everything worked like a charm. Then I took it over to my mom's house and hooked it up to her monitor, which is an old 15 Compaq from her old PC. I was excited for her to see how fast Linux boot. Oops.... we got this error message followed by a completely black screen.

Out of Range
Vertical: 30-59
Horizontal: 50-100
PC Settings Correct?

I tried to search that error on the forum, but the search engine told me it wasn't long enough (I can't figure that one out). I also did a search on Google/linux, but I didn't see much that could help me. I figure the problem was caused by linux setting itself up using my LCD monitor, and now finding this old CRT. Can somebody please help with fixing the problem? And please talk to me like a child. Assume I know nothing because I really don't know anything about Linux at this point.

Thanks.
 
Old 01-07-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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Modern LCD monitors (17-19") work at resolution 1280x1024 / 60-75Hz.

This is way too much for 15" CRT. Reduce resolution to 1024x768 or maybe 800x600 in /etc/X11/XF86Config

...

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 16

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection

...

Last edited by zoranp; 01-07-2008 at 06:24 PM.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 08:30 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by zoranp View Post
Modern LCD monitors (17-19") work at resolution 1280x1024 / 60-75Hz.

This is way too much for 15" CRT. Reduce resolution to 1024x768 or maybe 800x600 in /etc/X11/XF86Config

...

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 16

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection

...

I'm now going to ask what will probably look like stupid questions, but again, I'm really new to Linux.

When I booted PCLinux there was a menu of sorts at the splash screen. One of the choices took me to what looked like the command prompt in MSDOS. Is that where I enter /etc/X11/SF86Config?

If so, do I then get the menu that allows me to select the rest of what you suggest, or do I actually type that in?

Last edited by Warpspasm; 01-08-2008 at 08:32 AM.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 02:01 PM   #4
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There are a couple ways you could do this, but the easiest way is just to let it auto-configure:

On the command line (yes it's like the DOS prompt only much much much more powerful), type in this:
Code:
su -c xorgcfg
or if that doesn't work then try just
Code:
su -c "Xorg -configure"
, for both of these you will need to enter your root password.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 02:31 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Warpspasm View Post
I'm brand spanking new to Linux and decided to install it on my mother's PC to save her some money. I used PCLinux OS because it looked to be the easiest to use. When I set it up, I did it at my house, using my LCD monitor. Everything worked like a charm. Then I took it over to my mom's house and hooked it up to her monitor, which is an old 15 Compaq from her old PC. I was excited for her to see how fast Linux boot. Oops.... we got this error message followed by a completely black screen.

Out of Range
Vertical: 30-59
Horizontal: 50-100
PC Settings Correct?

I tried to search that error on the forum, but the search engine told me it wasn't long enough (I can't figure that one out). I also did a search on Google/linux, but I didn't see much that could help me. I figure the problem was caused by linux setting itself up using my LCD monitor, and now finding this old CRT. Can somebody please help with fixing the problem? And please talk to me like a child. Assume I know nothing because I really don't know anything about Linux at this point.

Thanks.
on the back of your monitor it will have the numbers you seek.
 
Old 01-09-2008, 08:00 AM   #6
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Somebody else told me to get to the command line and enter "video". I did that and a configurations screen popped up. All I did was change the resolution to 800X600 and it seems to work fine. Thanks guys.

Now all I have to do if figure out how to get Verizon DSL to work! I'll be back with that question soon (after I get the specifics on the modem etc.)
 
Old 12-30-2008, 11:11 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Warpspasm View Post
I'm brand spanking new to Linux and decided to install it on my mother's PC to save her some money. I used PCLinux OS because it looked to be the easiest to use. When I set it up, I did it at my house, using my LCD monitor. Everything worked like a charm. Then I took it over to my mom's house and hooked it up to her monitor, which is an old 15 Compaq from her old PC. I was excited for her to see how fast Linux boot. Oops.... we got this error message followed by a completely black screen.

Out of Range
Vertical: 30-59
Horizontal: 50-100
PC Settings Correct?

I tried to search that error on the forum, but the search engine told me it wasn't long enough (I can't figure that one out). I also did a search on Google/linux, but I didn't see much that could help me. I figure the problem was caused by linux setting itself up using my LCD monitor, and now finding this old CRT. Can somebody please help with fixing the problem? And please talk to me like a child. Assume I know nothing because I really don't know anything about Linux at this point.

Thanks.

i got a problem like that,i downloaded ubuntu 8.10,i copleted the installation and reboot the system to coplete,when the pc open the ubuntu started to loading,after that i got a message from the screen:

Out Of Range
H:31-95 Khz
V:50-120 Hz
PC DISPLAY SETTINGS CORRECT?

my monitor is a hitachi cm715 . is a kind of old ,but so far was worked just fine.

i dont know if the fault is from the windows analize ,becuase i 1280x1024 at 85hertz, i dont know if this is the fault or something else,i cant log in at ubuntu and i dont know what to do to fix this problem,and i am new at linux as well.. plz help me.

Thanks!
 
  


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