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#1 Red Menace

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:07 AM

I just upgraded to a widescreen monitor, but even after running the installation disk, I couldn't set the resolution properly. The optimal resolution (1600 x 1080) wasn't showing up in my Display Properties, so everything looked squished. My husband tried to fix it, and set it to 1600 x 1200, which of course blacked out the screen and gave the message "Cannot display this video mode." He didn't realize that it would revert in 30 seconds, and so he did what I had taught him to do when he had a problem: He turned the machine off, waited ten seconds, and turned it back on. Now the settings are permanent.

Short of restoring the system to its original state and losing everything, how can I get the display back within range? And then, how can I get it un-squished?

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:15 AM

Try booting into safe mode and see of you can chance the settings there.
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:52 AM

a) is your video card compatible with the monitor
:thumbsup: why not uninstalling the program for the monitor, reboot and try again?

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:27 PM

I was having problems with the driver when all this started. Right now, the monitor is only showing the error message for when you set the resolution higher than the actual number of pixels, and I can't get back to figuring out the driver until I can see what I'm doing!
As far as restarting in safe mode, what's the keystroke command for that? I can't see to click on anything.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:17 AM

How to start Windows in Safe Mode
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