my daughter has just purchased a second hand monitor when she switched it on it came up" out of range" can you explain this please.
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Lower the resolution and refresh rate. T
dlawreAuthor Commented:
how do i do that?
One way is to boot into safe mode and remove the video driver.  When you reboot in normal mode, it will reinstall the video driver, but should do so at a default VGA resolution.  You can customize it at that point.

The easier way is to attach a newer monitor that can handle the resolution, change it in Control Panel->Display->Settings, and then switch monitors.
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is there not a display at all ?  does the indicator on the front of the monitor go from orange to green ?  Why did she buy a new monitor ? did the old one stop working ? if so it may be the computer or her vid card, cause the error you are getting might be that the pc is not interfacing with the monitor. unplug the video data cable from the monitor to the  pc and see if you get the same message on the monitor.
if you unplug the data cable from the pc to the monitor, turn the monitor of then on again.

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Usually means it is not plugged in...

does your computer have more than one monitor port?  If it has an onboard monitor port and one on a video card, you will want to try plugging it in to both to see which device is sending signal... you may want to remove the video card and just go with the onboard video until you can disable the onboard and reinstall the video card.

Either way, the unused device should be disabled in hardware settings.

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