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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Connecting Older VGA Monitors

This document pertains to all HP and Desktop PCs and older VGA monitors.
Introduction
This document contains steps for connecting an older VGA-only color monitor to HP and Compaq desktop PCs. EGA, CGA and older monochrome display types are not covered in this document.
Installing an older monitor
Windows XP
  1. Turn off the PC and connect the monitor.
  2. Turn on the PC.
  3. Repeatedly press the F8 key when the blue HP screen is displayed.
  4. Select Safe Mode and press ENTER.
  5. When Windows starts, click OK at the Safe Mode message and select administrator account to log in.
  6. Click Start, Run, and enter the following text in the Open field: MSCONFIG.
  7. Select the BOOT.ini tab.
  8. Select /Basevideo.
  9. Click OK, OK, and restart the PC.
Windows 98 and ME
  1. Turn off the PC and connect the monitor.
  2. Turn on the PC.
  3. Repeatedly press the F8 key when the blue HP screen is displayed.
  4. Select Safe Mode and press Enter.
  5. When Windows starts, click OK at the Safe Mode message.
    The Windows desktop should show the words Safe Mode in all four corners of the desktop.
  6. Click Start, Run, and enter the following text in the Open field: MSCONFIG.
  7. Click the General tab, and then click the Advanced button.
  8. Select VGA 640x480x16 to force VGA mode.
  9. Click OK, Apply, and then OK.
  10. Click Yes to restart the PC.
  11. After the PC has restarted, shut down the PC by clicking Start, Shut Down, and Shut Down.
  12. Turn on the PC.

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