I used the F8 key to log onto the setup menu and try to restart the computer by using Safe Mode and Last Good Configurations. Following the selected configurations above, the computer restarts, Windows XP Home screen appears and then the screen returns to a 'black' display screen with the same 'OUT OF SCAN RANGE' message.
I've also tried selecting every othe option available in the F8 setup menu, and i continue to get the same results.
I'll be more clear with what I did before this happened:
1. I was using a 14' in. used sony monitor on a Dell computer (2yrs old, Pentium 4, 1.6ghz, 512MB DDR).
2. I noticed that the desktop icons were too large for the 14in. monitor so using PROPERTIES, i switched the display screen to select the smalled display options for the monitor.
3. message asked if i wanted to keep the following settings, I clicked YES.
4. the monitor displayed a black screen with the following message: OUT OF SCAN RANGE
Also, I've tried using a larger monitor, this one is 17in and is also a used Sony monitor. I attempted to apply the fix using the F8 menu and applied the same steps (ABOVE) and continue to get the same "OUT OF SCAN RANGE" message on this monitor.