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Old 15-02-2008
UltimateZero
 
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Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mode

Is changing your resolution, as well as other display settings, possible
through safe mode, in Vista?

Long story short, my monitor died a few hours ago. Being the resourceful
person I try to be, I went and hooked up my computer to the television, so
that I could finish what I was doing. While Safe Mode is activated and
running at 800x600x32, my television can display it just fine. However, when
I launch Vista in normal mode, I'm assuming it's displaying at a resolution
that my television can't display, 1600x1200x32. Sure, it shows pretty colors
across the screen, but not in any readable fashion.

So I'm curious, as stated above, if I can change NORMAL MODE's resolution
somehow through an option in Safe Mode? I can't do much in Safe Mode, and
certainly not what I need to finish.

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Old 15-02-2008
On the Bridge
 
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mode

Start the computer in VGA mode, there is an option above the one that says
safe mode...

that way everything will work ok, only that you will have a low resolution
that you can adjust though as you like
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Old 15-02-2008
UltimateZero
 
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mod

I don't seem to see this "VGA mode" option anywhere above the Safe Mode
option. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? I see:

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Normal Mode

This is on the DOS screen.
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Old 15-02-2008
Malke
 
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mod

I don't have the Vista machine on right now to check for sure, but the
option is in msconfig in XP, so see if it is the same in Vista:

Start Orb>Search box>type: msconfig
Click on msconfig when it appears above. On the Boot.ini tab under Boot
Options, check "/BASEVIDEO" and OK. Reboot.
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Old 15-02-2008
UltimateZero
 
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mod

Well thank you, that gets the screen to come up! But now I've noticed a
little oddity. In Safe Mode, it runs at 800x600x32 with no problems. However,
when I attempt to run NormalMode/BaseVideo at 800x600x32, it gives me the
same no-display screen that I was getting before. Went back to Safe Mode, and
it's running 800x600x32 no problem still. I figure that's more of a video
problem, but any ideas on that?

Also, for some strange reason, Safe mode displays the resolution correctly,
whereas Normal Mode seems to place the Start Menu and the very top of the
screen outside where the TV displays. That seems a bit strange to me, seeing
as, like I said, Safe Mode displays it correctly. I swear, this is going to
drive me insane :P
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Old 16-02-2008
UltimateZero
 
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mod

Replying to myself here really quick...

Apparently when I went into the nVidia Control Panel, an messed with the
Output Settings, I apparently managed to increase my resolution by changing
the output from 430i, or something like that. It's now at 1080p... XD It's
funny, I didn't even know my TV supported that. Of course, now I can't see
any text on the screen, so I turned on the Magnifier, and I'm going to try
using the increased text size from the Ease of Use options, to see if that
fixes anything.

Thank you very much for your help! And, being curious, I'd still love to
hear any bright ideas about why Safe Mode displays 800x600x32, but Normal
Mode doesn't :P
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Old 16-02-2008
Victor
 
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Hello I dont know what you are looking at but vista certainly DOES have a
low res (VGA) boot option
when you press f8 and its below the SAFE MODE option

see this screenshot for proof!

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/9571/lowresie0.jpg

I'm sorry but I know nothing about sending video to a TV. Hopefully someone
else will come along.
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Old 14-03-2008
Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
 
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mod

Probably a little late on the reply, but I just saw this.
In Safe Mode you load the vga driver
In the basevideo mode you load the installed Video driver only at the lower
resolutions and lower sync rates.
So the difference is in which video driver you are loading and whether that
video driver is properly handling that resolution.
In your case the installed Video Driver is not handling that resolution
where-as the VGA driver is.
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Old 10-10-2010
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Re: Changing Display Settings (Resolution mainly) through Safe Mode

I have a problem similar to this, but I have a normal gateway 15x10" screen gateway monitor and it keeps saying "Frequency out of range" when I try to run it in normal. I tried Base video.
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