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Old 05-21-2005, 04:59 AM   #1
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HELP! Monitor problems: Out of frequency.

I got an old macintosh computer just yesterday but it didn't have a monitor included. Being optimistic about it, I assumed that I can plug in my pc's monitor to it and it should work.

Well, it did, but not for long. After some time of usage, the monitor went blank and it only said: "Out of frequency" and then gave general information as to what kind of frequencies it expects from the source.

Now, my computer knowledge ends when it comes to hardware. Is this a problem with the computer or the monitor? Should I look for an older and/or macintosh exclusive monitor? Or is this a problem in the computer itself?

Any help and/or suggestions shall be greatly appreciated since the computer is pretty vital as far as my work is conserned.
Old 05-21-2005, 07:10 AM   #2
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I dont know what OS you are using, but if you can get it working at all - see if you can find some some of configuration thingy, and if possible somewhere where you can adjust the refresh rate for your monitor.

For example, under Windows 98 its >> My Computer >> Control Panel
>> Display >> Settings >> Advanced >> Adapter

I use a refresh rate of 75 Hz which seems to cure most flicker without overclocking the monitor

I once installed Xandros 2.0 and it overclocked my monitor right from installation so that I had to uninstall it and use Mandrake instead. I'm not sure how to do it in Mandrake but normally there is no problem. With a Mac however I think you are just going to have to look around until you find it. sorry cant be much more help

except that I think older Macs might only work with Mac monitors

If it is causing problems for your monitor then don't use it or you could ruin your monitor

hope this helps
Old 05-21-2005, 07:35 AM   #3
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My PC is Madrake 10. The Mac is OS 9.1. And since I don't have picture, I can't access any kind of configurations.

So, I'll go into the search for an old Mac monitor. Any ideas?


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