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Are you talking about within X, like a config utility tool? If so, you can try Drakconf, I think, its been a long time since I used Mandrake, either that or you can edit the resolution with the xf86config. Hope this helps in any way.
I had the same problem with my installation. What I think the problem is: Your monitor may not be on their list, so the installation has chosen it for you. What I did was to select the generic monitor with the specs closest to my own and experiment until the distortion went away.
It's funny because the second time I installed Mandrake 7.2 it was OK without any problem. Not sure why.
Keep trying. Now that mine's up and running well, it's a lot snappier than Windoze.