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Old 07-14-2004, 11:01 PM   #1
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Monitor: frequency out of range. Mandrake 9 install

I am trying to install Mandrake 9 on an old box of mine but everytime in the Config X to setup my monitor I get a frequency out of range error. I have tried every possible setting and I dont know what to do. I'm using a KDS monitor. The install works on an old IBM monitor I have but the not on this one. What can I do?
Old 07-15-2004, 11:44 AM   #2
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Back in the day this wouldn't have been a problem; monitors didn't have frequency-out-of-range protection and would simply short out or burst into flame when you misconfigured Xwindows.

You need the documentation of your video card and your monitor; find the compatible frequencies (if there are any - your system might actually have incompatible parts, although that's pretty unlikely) and make sure that's what you are selecting for in Config x.

I'm afraid I'm not a Mandrake user, so I can't give you anything more specific. Good luck!
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Welcome to LQ, mlsbraves. As Medievalist stated, you need to find the technical specs for your exact model of your monitor, and use them in your configuration file. In all seriousness, Google would be the first place I'd look to try to find this.

The main thing though is not to randomly guess as to what those values might be, and the wrong values could damage the monitor. Good luck with it -- J.W.
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also a good source of specs for older monitors without manufacturer support any more
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Great link picikeeper, and welcome to LQ -- J.W.
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I had a similar problem whenever I tried to run games eg Tuxracer, I fixed the problem by changing my monitor drivers to a more correct ones using HardDrake. I was using some custom settings I changed it to flat panel (my monitor type) and no longer receive out of range protection message. It worked even though I dont have the specific drivers for my unbranded monitor.


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