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VGA Mode Not Supported Message On Monitor
Posted 02 November 2006 - 12:58 AM
This is a Compaq that I'm fixing for someone and they just have the 5 recovery discs that came with it. I tried putting the first one in and selected to do the format and recover option. It goes through the recovery progress and then just shows the same VGA Mode message once again. It never asks for the second recovery disc even.
Is there any way I can go around this and change the refresh rate somehow?
I'm sure the LCD monitor itself is good as I connected it to a laptop and also could boot into the BIOS settings.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 04 November 2006 - 10:03 PM
After playing around with the recovery disc at their house, it corrupted the OS somehow already. I actually have another question for this. If I use the recovery CD and choose the option to wipe out everything first before doing the restore, why does the LCD monitor show that VGA Mode message again after the first disc is done? Shouldn't Windows be wiped out already at that point and the resolution or refresh rate settings be reset?
I did the install on my old 15" monitor and it didn't give me any problems. The recovery went without a hitch. After disc 1, I inserted disc #2 to begin the Windows installation (very similar to the normal Windows XP install screen).
So, any idea why it wouldn't work on the LCD monitor? My guess is that recovery disc #1 should have already wiped out Windows XP as I couldn't get the machine to bootup from my house once I brought it over. Had to do the recovery/repair from the beginning again.
Posted 11 November 2006 - 11:38 PM
Posted 18 November 2006 - 10:00 PM
I memorized the order of the settings there in the display settings and booted back into Normal Mode. Then with the keyboard only, navigated through all those settings to change the resolution back to 800x600. Everything is working great now
I asked her why she wanted to put it on 640x480 and she said she didn't want the icons to be so big. Told her it's actually going to make it bigger by setting it at a lower resolution. Upped it to 1024x768
Posted 19 November 2006 - 02:48 AM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 03:57 PM
VGA Mode Not Supported Message On Monitor
When a system that is "older" and especially those with on board graphics, not of the AGP variety are combined with the newer flat screen monitors (LCD) they will often cause this problem. Usually you CAN see the BIOS setup screen, and this is confusing since you think it can handle the mode that it is running in, VGA, at the time, and it can.
The problem comes, especially if you're using those stupid recovery disks rather than installing a fresh copy of Windows on a bare hard disk, because many of the LCD flat panel monitrs rely on drivers loaded by windows to run. Most don't come with their own drivers anymore, which is OK, but if you're trying to "reload" a system from recovery, or the "ground up," you're going to have problems with SOME of them. The reason is because the recovery disks load monitor drivers (or don't) for the monitor that originally came with the system.
This is because, as vizskywalker stated, the minimum refresh rates, and other issues as well, are not handled appropriately by the bare minimum drivers loaded by the recovery disks... You WILl get an "unsupported mode" error with a lot of these flat panels. Ido Computer repair for a living and I keep an old CRT monitor in my shop for just such a problem.
For future reference, hook up an old style CRT monitor and reload widows (SP2 is not necessary at this point) and also see if newer drivers are available for the specific LCD you have. Once a good basic load of Windows is achieved, go to CONTROL PANEL>SYSTEM>HARDWARE>DEVICE MANAGER, then click on the [+] next to the "monitors" and find the CRT and go ACTION>UNINSTALL. SHut down the system and switch monitors. When Windows reboots, it should load the LCD drivers and be fine from there.
Posted 26 October 2009 - 11:15 PM
On a similar situation. I newly installed Windows 7 on my Previously XP computer. Formated the C drive to make sure not to carry any old files. I have an LG L1919 lcd monitor that will not support an unknown video mode. I get the following error message on the LCD monitor.
OUT OF RANGE 35.4KHZ / 43HZ
I assume this is the same problem as described above.
It's very annoying to find out that Windows 7 which is supposed to be a corrected version of BUGGY vista still as such a stupid bug right at boot up. My guess is that when Windows 7 boot it is using a video mode not supported by my LG LCD monitor, hence I see this error message instead of the cute animation typical to Vista or Win7. When I connect a CRT monitor I can see the animation.
I wish someone could tell me how to change the initial video mode at bootup time.
Looked in the BIOS - noting apparent :(
Maybe it's built-in the Boot Sector Program and impossible to change.
Surprising that Microsoft people didn't see this bug. After all, it's not like they didn't try this on an LCD monitor, I cant believe it!-reply by Fred Cailloux
Posted 06 November 2009 - 01:07 AM
I don't consider myself an expert but 30+ years of H/W S/W experience does provide a bit more insight to some of the issues surrounding failures then perhaps first tier IT support workers. Having no luck dealing with the new and improved Dell Support ... their stance on this issue is that the Machine is working properly. This pc is being used in an unsupported configuration as it is connected via a standard Belkin KVM to a LCD, keyboard and Mouse. When/if the machine is selected and rebooted there are no issues ... The moment the machine is booted while NOT selected, ie from MS updates, the G41 goes off into never land which requires a hard boot to recover. To eliminate the KVM as a potential issue I put another Inspiron/Intel G31/33 in place of this machine and it worked fine under all reboot scenarios. To further eliminate the KVM I booted this machine without a monitor attached and again the G41 doesn't initialize properly. Both the monitor shipped with this PC and an LG monitor complain that the INPUT frequency is out of range specifically the LG displays this error message "Analog signal out of range 99.4 KHz / 60Hz". Today after another frustrating dialog with Dell I did some more tests ... it appears that the G41 will work provided there is a monitor cabled to it ... It doesn't appear to care if the monitor is off and plugged in to the wall/AC or unplugged from the wall/AC ... This leads me to believe the G41 may be requiring a passive resistance value on one or more of the VGA cable leads? I will have to do some more testing to verify this for sure but for the moment that appears to be the real issue. I have never encountered a machine that doesn't go to some default or last known setting after rebooting ... Anyone else seen anything so lame and or know where this is going? This may just be a driver issue but Dell isn't doing anything but running through a set procedure to qualify hardware failures and only then will they replace a component.-reply by Bix Dobs
Posted 31 December 2009 - 07:03 PM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:45 PM
I also have this problem each time I turn my custom gaming computer on a message comes on to my screen saying mode not supported and I cant got onto my computer.
help?-reply by luke
Posted 29 July 2010 - 09:53 PM
I just purchased an HP Pavilion 6540f desktop with Windows 7 and hooked it up to my Samsung TV via the VGA hook up. It worked great until I was getting familiar with some of the installed programs, in particular a Roxio video program, when I got a message that said the Roxio program required a minimum resolution to work (don't remember what that was), and it asked "Do you want to change the resolution?" Well unfortunately I said yes and immediately got a blank screen except for the message from my TV saying "Mode Not Supported". I can reboot in the safe mode and change the resolution settings. A couple work in the safe mode, but no matter what I select, when I reboot in normal mode I just get "Mode Not Supported". My 10 year old Sony Vaiostill works great when hooked up to the Samsung TV/monitor. I'm afraid to do a restore back to the one and only restore point that it created when I first turned the computer on about 2 hours earlier. Will try hooking up via an HDMI to DVI-D cable in a day or two. If that doesn't work I will begin pulling out my hair, what little I have left. Any other suggestions?
Posted 26 May 2010 - 09:33 AM
I have just installed a touchscreen monitor for my little girl's computer. Her favourite game, which was working previously on the same computer now will not load. The initial startup page comes up, but when you select play, it comes up with "Mode Not Support" on the screen and won't go any further. My only option is turn the computer off at the electrical outlet. The game is on a CD and worked fine on the same computer with a different (borrowed) touchscreen.
The support people where we got the screen said for me to change the resolution on the monitor. I hope I did it correctly, but I changed it to the lowest resolution (600x800 high colour) and it made no difference. I tried the game on my own computer and it worked fine, so I know there is nothing wrong with the CD. Then I thought because the game works on my own computer, I'll change the resolution to the same as my monitor (which is a high res 1600x1200). Unfortunately, once I change the touchscreen to the highest resolution the computer won't even work at all now... AAARGH! I get the message "Mode Not support" as soon as Windows' startsup, so I can't even change it back now!..
Any suggestions??? All help will be very appreciated, Thanks.
-question by Sue Mackie
Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:03 PM
I just purchased an HP Pavilion 6540fdesktop with Windows 7 and hooked it up to my Samsung TV via the VGA hook up.It worked great until I was getting familiar with some of the installed programs, in particular a Roxio video program, when I got a message that said the Roxio program required a minimum resolution to work (don't remember what that was), and it asked "Do you want to change the resolution?" Well unfortunately I said yes and immediately got a blank screen except for themessage from my TV saying "Mode Not Supported". I can reboot in thesafe mode and change the resolution settings. A couple work in the safe mode,but no matter what I select, when I reboot in normal mode I just get "ModeNot Supported". My 10 year old Sony Vaio still works great when hooked upto the Samsung TV/monitor. I'm afraid to do a restore back to the one and onlyrestore point that it created when I first turned the computer on about 2 hours earlier. Will try hooking up via an HDMI to DVI-D cable in a day or two. If that doesn't work I will begin pulling out my hair, what little I have left. Any other suggestions?-reply by Bob H
Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:00 PM
I need some help. I was using a tv as a monitor and everything was fine my uncle came over and did some stuff on the pc.Now the pc wont come up on the screen all I get is not suported.When I hook it up to another tv it works .I thought it was the monitor but then I hooked up my laptop and it worked now I'm stuck and confused please help-reply by chris
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