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Digital out of range message with new monitor

by doowopper / May 20, 2009 8:43 PM PDT

I am using a Dell 46000 computer (4-5 years old) with Windows XP Professional. My graphics card is an NVIDIA GE Force FX 5200. Several days ago I bought a new monitor - an LG W2061TQ, 16:9 monitor. I set the resolution in my Control Panel>Display>Settings to 1600X900, the highest setting available there.
The problem: As soon as I boot my computer, instead of the typical, initial screen appearing (typically for a few seconds) which shows the keys to press to enter the BIOS, and other preliminary screens then appearing, a little error message box appears with the following: "Digital out of range - 74.3kHZ/60Hz." Then the Windows "Welcome" screen appears and looks fine. Once my computer finishes booting, my desktop screen also looks fine.
1) What does this error message mean and what can I do to eliminate it?
2) Even with this error message appearing when the bootup process starts, do I still have access to the BIOS if I press the correct keys to access it when the bootup process starts?
Thanks.
Richard

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Small world.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2009 10:36 PM PDT

I have an old machine with the FX500 which is close enough to that 5200 to discuss. It doesn't produce the right video output for my new big screen and I see that message and others when I try. To fix this I've ordered up a newer card.

I bet there are some that will think some driver will help.
Bob

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FIXED!!!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2009 7:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Small world.

I lucked out and a 25 buck ATI 9600 card has cured this old machine. And the new card kicks the old card's gas.
Bob

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Monitor setting
by Willy / May 24, 2009 2:24 AM PDT

FYI- More than likely its the monitor generating that message rather than the video card. So nothing you can do if the FX5200 is just too old or can't provide a matching setting for best performance. If it continues to display the message but yet works, then be happy. Because, the only real solution is to replace the video card to a later model.

tada ====Willy Happy

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Monitor setting
by doowopper / May 24, 2009 3:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Monitor setting

Even with this error message appearing when the bootup process starts, should I still have access to the BIOS if I press the correct keys to access it when the bootup process starts? I wanted to ask before I try it and potentially screw something up.
Thanks.

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Cover all bases
by Willy / May 25, 2009 12:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Monitor setting

With the system-OFF, power-ON the monitor it may generate a message like "no signal detected" or similar. That's why i mentioned the monitor generates some messages. Now, when you access the bios that will be a basic video setting/level which any video card will be capable of handling. If for some reason, it can't display the bios display then you have other issues. You should then check the monitor int. setting(on-screen diags.) and see what's being done. If all this gets too involved or becomes such a hassle, again the best course is to replace the video card to newer one.

FYI- If you monitor came with a install CD, read the manual. Any s/w, install it for a possible better marriage of video port and monitor.

tada -----Willy Happy

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