Monitor goes out of frequency and does not display anything

by Rohit Khurana on November 28, 2007


Monitors have a limit of maximum supported frequency (Refresh rate) for each resolution setting at which display is refreshed. When you set a high resolution with a high frequency that is not supported by the monitor, it displays a message Frequency out of range. Within a few seconds of setting the frequency if you press Esc key it will revert back to the previous resolution.
But what if when you are stuck with the same Frequency out of range and your monitor does not display anything.

Don’t worry, we have the solution if your monitor doesn’t display anything


1. Boot in VGA mode by keep pressing F8 key during boot-up.
2. Un-install the display driver
3. Set the display settings to some supported value
4. Restart, install display (video) driver and set the appropriate settings which your monitor supports.
5. Restart again and it is Fixed.

Tip: Most of old monitors don’t support 1024×768 at a refresh rate greater than 60Hz, so avoid setting this resolution at a frequency higher than 60 Hz if your monitor is an old CRT monitor.

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robin January 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm


I had installed xp and unfotunately having dual OS with the previous installed 2k. while changing the display, I got the monitor message as “OUT OF FREQUENCY” tried a lot but could not fix it and finally after reading above solution, i could fix up my problem, reinstalled the graphic drivers (both 2k and XP), also reinstalling XP and finally got the best display thanks to Mr. Rohit for his solution.

ramdas kodi March 30, 2008 at 10:00 am

Out of Frequency This is my pc problem same please answar

Sarvesh May 11, 2008 at 3:13 am

I have a similar problem, my monitor works fine but when I shut down and reboot or simply reboot my monitor does not display anything it just glows (dark greenish glow) and gives me no warning message, the same monitor works fine with another PC though, I recently have replaced my cpu motherboard and psu and ram, someone please help.

Rohit May 12, 2008 at 7:11 am

@ Savresh

This may also be because of faulty Video-card or video cable.

Omer June 15, 2008 at 11:03 am

when i run the harry potter 5 game…a message appears “out of frequency”…i kept changing the refresh rate above than 60…i am totally confused..please help me solve this problem.

Abdul Wahab Ansari September 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm

when i start my pc it will shows a message ” OUT OF FREQUENCY” hardly 20 seconds then blackout. it will not boot also. what can i do. Plese give me solution.

Abdul Wahab Ansari September 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm

when i start my pc it will shows a message ” OUT OF FREQUENCY” hardly 20 seconds then blackout. it will not boot also. what can i do. Plese give me solution. on my email id :

rathore October 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm

when i start my pc it will shows a message ” OUT OF FREQUENCY” hardly 20 seconds then blackout. it will not boot also. what can i do. Plese give me solution. I try to go in safe mode but d’not goes in safe mode?

fallow November 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Thank this really helped alot

shahrukh December 22, 2008 at 4:57 am

I HAVE A PROBLEM whenever i start any game some game work and some says out of frequency why it so? and Give me the solution and i am playing the games on 60 hz refresh rate and 800×600 resolution guys help me strange pro>>>>>???? please guyzz

shahrukh December 22, 2008 at 4:58 am

any one got solution ??

shahrukh December 22, 2008 at 4:59 am

quickly help me

Orlando Morales January 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm

This information was very useful thank you.

Zeeshan January 14, 2009 at 5:13 am

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i think this site is too good,since i resolved all my PC problems using the information present on this site everytime

ACFan120 February 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Ok. I restarted my computer to make I.E. to work. When the main screen loaded, the resolution changed. I tried to change it but it gave the Frequency out of Range message. Now, I had a high resolution before. In fact, it was (I believe) the highest resolution. Now I can’t get it to work. Help me O gurus of computer wisdom!

tyler February 23, 2009 at 6:18 am

well… it was not really what i was looking for but the moniter freqince was changed and i was wondering how to change it after it says,: freqince changed?

shweta April 10, 2009 at 3:02 am

I had a similar problem, my monitor does not display anything it just glows (dark greenish glow) and gave me no warning message.

I solved this problem by following steps.
1. Reboot system.
2. Press F8.
3. selecting VGP mode(just like safe mode).

Abhisek April 15, 2009 at 2:43 am

thnx a ton… it helped me a lot

Bishwas May 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

i have a problem in display. When i start the game installed in my pc then monitor appears to dark. Monitor doesnt show any thing please solve this problem

sajjad November 1, 2009 at 8:46 pm

i am sajjad i have dell gx270 system specification are as under
1.8 processor
512 ram
40 hard disk
xp home edition

problem is that i shut down my pc safely but next day as i turned on the pc it did not give me any display
i have tried every thing like change of rams fan is working properly heat sink is not not generating any problem every thing is ok but system does not give me any display even system is running
when it boot up it give me single beep that normaly is given for
press F1 to continue this beep can be heard but this beep is also given without display
i am very much worried about my system plz help me plz plz plz


IMTIAZ AHMAD November 2, 2009 at 7:10 am

I could faith on this forum because it gives very actual solution as write the problem related to PC.
I am very thank to everyone.

Muhammad Rafique Qadri December 12, 2009 at 10:49 am

I have find the solution. Thanks a lot.

prakash.r January 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I install ubuntu linux 9.10 version and i facing over frequency problem ,my monitor is ZEBRONIC’S 14′ inches color monitor .can i install that my pc

tyler January 20, 2010 at 6:02 am

it will not let me boot in safe or vga mode and i am still getting the same out of frequency message

jagdish May 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

i have a install win98 but my pc Error is
out of frequency HF-56.5 vf-70hz and operating frequency hf-34-54

Ankur Chauhan August 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

thx very useful info

oluwamayokun owolabi September 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm

My system use to which of the cpu use to write out of frequency range or syn out of range i use most of the large monitor to adjust it but it write the same thing i need the solution please send it to my email thank you

nabeelrahmath September 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

i have problem only when booting ubundu 9.10.

J October 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

My computer is running windows 7 with a HD video card. As of recent the computer will randomly display “range out of Frequency” with the fan reving, or will lose the picture with multicolored stripes accross the screen. Once this happens nothing will work except restarting the computer. any idea whats going on?

Anuroop November 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I have tried it .And it worked perfectly and i hats of your idea

Roshan December 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I have changed my mother- board and processor from AMD to intel, now when I start my pc I am getting this out of frequency message, I tried F8 but still nothing responded,

Please help me to solve this problem

Nishanth December 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

The solution is good but still is it possible to change the resolution to 1024×756

matt February 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

My computer doesent even let me log in. the screen goes black and a blue message comes up and says monitor out of range… Frequency too high….but then it wont let me do anything how do i fix this

rinku rana February 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

some fluctuation on display and a box is comes discontineously in which display standarad,video,internet.please give me solution.

Asad Husayn March 8, 2011 at 1:29 am


max March 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

i can’t play left for in window xp somekind of error in moniter [ OUT OF FREQUENCY ] but when i played this game in window 7 the game is perfect why?

hippiemuslim April 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I had a similar, but I think mine lies on the faulty video-card.
A few days ago my monitor freezed showing a distorted image with some red lines. I restarted the PC, on the monitor appeared “Digital frequency out of range” and the accepted frequency range for the screen. I tried to work it out and changed the cable from digital to analog. It did work for 30 minutes but the monitor freezed again. Fortunately, I have an integrated video hardware wich seems to work on my high resolutin screen (although I see many moving pixels).
I hope that’s the case and change my video-card.

abdallah April 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

yes,,i follow the solution, my pc si ok,,another problem mouce does not work

Zakir June 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

Thank you :)
perfect solution!

kefelegn June 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

you really stands to solve any problem you save me 10q.

MKumaravel July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I have problem in realtek alc861 HD
When I check in device manager it’s shows the diveice is working properly

Paul September 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

Why does my desktop monitor displays “Out of range” on the screen after I boot up Windows 7 Professional; my 19inch monitor is a square 19″ monitor I’ve had for 4 years. The Windows logo comes on and when it was about to show my desktop, the screen goes black and “Out of Range” word shows on my desktop. What do I need to do? I went into the safe mode and tried to solve it with to no avail. I just built a new desktop and I’m lost on what to do; do I need to buy another monitor?

bill September 17, 2011 at 9:50 am

i set my resolution too high and put my monitor out of frequecy. Anybody able to help. plz

Mansour October 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

hi i want to ask a question about game installation.whenever i install games from cd or dvd first installation runs smoothly but after sometime it shows that files are corrupt crc error in like files.whenever i downloaded a game and try to install it shows similar error and finally i am unable to install any game
my computer is dell (branded) 3 ghz processor 1 gb ram 256 mb video memory (built in)

Amer Abukwaik October 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Thank you very much
finally, i found solution for this problem.

Michael October 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I had this problem on xp. I switched to high frequentcy and think I click enter which might of clicked okay, cause usually it will revert after 10 seconds but any way. How I fixed?

It didn’t work to use vga mode and safe mode wouldn’t boot,would freeze at words loading.

So I booting into windows and started up the narrator,don’t even know how, but you can with some keys,not sure cause I was just pressing buttons maybe start something or a f key, but I basically used the narrator to change lower the resolution,only using the keyboard cause I couldn’t see the curser,just pressing tab and the arrow keys to navigate to control panel and find my way to display settings and pretty easy from there,just try to remember your paths. If you have another xp machine maybe vista or 7 but xp for sure,you can mimmick the key moves from the other machine but if not then just try to navigate with the narrator. And when you click apply make sure you click ok before ten seconds,I forgot the first time and it reverted back,had to do the navigation again.

Ketan December 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

When i start my pc the CPU is running but screen of the moniter doesn’t display anything or we can say screen is black off while Cpu is running. In my pc, i use external graphic port of Nvidia graphic card to run the moniter. But at recent my graphic port doesn’t works. How can i fix it.

vinay December 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

i hav win7 in my system . And when i start and watch videos my system stops dispaly and some sound comes what is da reason and how to fix it

ganesh March 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

thank you very much helped me lot

Kalyani April 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

In my compute i have a problem of ‘out of frequency’
what should i do?
plz give me ans..

daniel egozue May 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

thanks alot guys, u just save my system. God bless u all

Talia June 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

thanks alot this really help

tope June 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

@shweta’s solution worked best!!!!….I love u man… #nohomó. Thanks God bless!!..I changed my resolution afterwards

brijkishore July 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

hen i start my pc it will shows a message ” OUT OF FREQUENCY” hardly 20 seconds then blackout. it will not boot also. what can i do. Plese give me solution. I try to go in safe mode but d’not goes in safe mode?

Rakesh Kumar July 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

when i start my pc it will shows a message ” OUT OF FREQUENCY” hardly 20 seconds then blackout. it will not boot also. what can i do. Plese give me solution………………….

Reji August 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Frequently my coputer’s monitor goes black out showing white screen in the middle and black on the sides in the shape of a biconve lense. Please help me to solve this problem

Reji August 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

My computer’s monitor goes black out frequently showing white screen in the middle and black screen on sides, just like the shape of a biconcave lense .Please help me

aakash October 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

when i run the harry potter 5 game…a message appears “out of frequency”…i kept changing the refresh rate above than 60…i am totally confused..please help me solve this problem.

Poonam Rathod November 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Thank you so much…. It solved my problem

Alvin January 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm

i’m doin’ some experiment with my old CRT monitor,my native res is 1024×768 and im trying to get it higher as far as i can,first try..1360×768 65Hz works,but it looks bad so i’m try on lower res to 1280×768 69Hz and its still looks bad,my monitor can’t go more higher than 69Hz and that’s my problem.

anyway to fix it??
or should i buy an LED monitor?
cheers ^_^

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