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Refresh Your LCD

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

My flat screen (LCD) monitor image is distorted and I get this message telling me to change the signal timing. How can I fix this?

When you run some games with Windows XP on an LCD monitor you may get a message that says, “Attention-signal frequency is out of range…change signal timing“.

The fix is to change to a supported mode. But what does that mean? Although your video card can run at a particular refresh rate, your monitor can’t. Check your monitor settings and lower the rate.

Right-click the desktop and choose “Properties” then the “Settings” tab. Click the “Advanced” button then select the “Monitor” tab.

If it is set high (like 85Hz or more) lower it to 60Hz—all monitors will work at that rate. While you’re there, if it isn’t grayed out, check the “Hide modes that this monitor cannot display” box so the rate doesn’t accidentally get changed to an unsupported mode again.


Apply the change and try the game again.

You may still have a problem. Some games lock in a refresh rate beyond what your monitor can display. In some instances you may be able to change the rate in the game options. If so, then, again, I recommend 60Hz.

~ David

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