Fix Ubuntu Server “Monitor Out of Range”

Recently while working on a new Ubuntu 11.10 server, I ran into a problem where my monitor would show an “Out of Range” message after the server restarted.  I saw this in the past with older CRT monitors, but in my case it was with an LCD.  Normally, this would not cause too much of an issue as I could SSH into the system, but in this case I needed the console.  The fix was pretty easy and I decided to post for others.

  1. Edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg using vi or nano
  2. Change the line set gfxmode=auto to set gfxmode=640×480
  3. Directly below the modified line add a new line set gfxpayload=keep
  4. Save and exit the editor
  5. Reboot the server

One thought on “Fix Ubuntu Server “Monitor Out of Range”

  1. Hey Nicholas!
    Thanks for the post! It really helped me out, as I had the same problem with my LCD monitor!

    ~Injabie3

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