out of range! ??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by taytho, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. taytho macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2005
    KC, MO
    i just set up a second display with my ibook. I was adjusting resolution and when i set it to a certain number, a fairly high one.... it says out of range!

    Now there isnt anything i can seem to do to get it back. i can mirror it but i cant get it to go back to extended desktop. any advice?
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Did you try unplugging the display from the mac and then plugging it back in?
  3. taytho thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2005
    KC, MO
    yea, i tried that. it goes from no signal detected to out of range.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    If you're running 10.4 you should see a "gather windows" button, that should allow you to bring the settings window for the external to your internal screen and modify it.

  5. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    The settings appear to be installed in /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver.plist. (This is from your boot drive, not from your home directory)

    Back that file up somewhere before making any changes.

    If you have a look in 'DisplaySets'. Inside you might have several sets, inside that they are further numbers (0,1) one for each monitor. Open up each one and find your monitor with the wrong 'Height' and 'Width' and correct them. Make sure you don't make any changes for your iBook screen, you should be able to identify which one this is from its resolution. Then reboot.

    WARNING: I have no idea if this will work or not I have not tested it at all. It may make things worse!

    However it might be worth a shot if no one else has any suggestions.

    Edit: balamw's suggestion seems like a much better idea!

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