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Old 07-20-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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Getting "Out Of Range" msg on monitor when trying to run/install from LiveCD

I have a multi-distro LiveCD that I am trying to run and/or install on my desktop computer. I have attempted to run/install Fedora 12, openSuse 11.2 , and Mandriva ONE 2010.0. Whether running LiveCD or installing, just after it shows the bar "Loading Kernel...", the monitor goes blank and the "Out of Range" message appears. I have adjusted the resolution to every setting listed (from 800x600 all the way to 1600x1200) with no change in the outcome.

I have an MSI KA780G motherboard with ATI Radeon HD3200 integrated graphics, and a Westinghouse L2610NW 26" LCD monitor with a 1920x1200 native resolution. Can anyone give me my first step that I should try to make this work? I have seen other threads mentioning this error, but they reference the error after installation, and I can't even get that far!

Thanks in advance,
Old 07-20-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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A liveCD probably gives you a GRUB or ISOLINUX menu or prompt at which you can type in extra boot options for the kernel.

In some cases those include a vsync option that lets you restrict the refresh rate. You probably want to restrict it to 60. In my experience X startup usually doesn't handle exact values for timing limits, so it is safer to give it a narrow range.

So in your situation but using a Mepis 8.5 liveCD, I added the option vsync=59-61 but I don't know whether the distributions you are trying understand that.

In most cases, you could also wait until you get up to the "Out of Range" and then use ctrl-alt-F1 to switch back to text mode. If you know how the control files work for X startup in your distribution, you can then edit those files and restart X. I only know how to do that for the distributions that still use /etc/X11/xorg.conf for that, but that has let me fix the problem for some distributions that don't understand the vsync boot time option.

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Does any (all) single distro live cd work?


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