Analog Input: Cannot display this video mode error and solution

by on July 12, 2006 · 30 comments· LAST UPDATED July 12, 2006


Q. I am getting following error:
Analog Input: Cannot display this video mode.

What is the meaning of this error and How do I fix it?

A. This error indicates that current monitor refresh rate is not correct i.e out of monitor range. You need to consult monitor manufacturer to get correct refresh rate values (visit web site or read manual). Once you got the correct values, reconfigure your monitor (X windows) using any one the command (as per your Linux distribution) mentioned here.

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1 Josh November 27, 2007 at 2:23 am

I have the exact same problem except that it happens when I want to run certain programs, normally video games. When I change my refresh rate I get that “cannot be displayed”error. I’m installing new video card drivers just in case.


2 james February 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

the real reason for this error is overclocking
go to bios and enter bios manual settings enter lowest settings.
this will remove all analog input errors


3 shiraz khan April 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

where is bios


4 xxxboyxxx October 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I have some problem in totaloverdoes it is giving me can’t display this video mode
and where in the bios (PLZ help me)


5 Pat May 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm

This is happening to my sister’s monitor. If the screen is black except for the messege how do you fix it?


6 Thomas Granger April 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm

message analog input comes on page page turns black and a colored square moves around screen


7 peter Ngunjiri August 25, 2014 at 6:47 am

sure that how my dell is behaving.please did u find a solution


8 piseth December 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

Analog can not display my Monitor. How could i fix it?


9 Daddy January 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Cannot display this video mode is the only this i see on screen when i turn on the machine what is the problem


10 Tom Tepesch February 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I have this same problem…a black screen with the Analog Input message. On my computer this has nothing to do with games or downloads. When starting my computerm I first get the Dell startup screen followed by the Windows XP startup screen, followed by the black screen with the message.

I do not know if this is related, but just before this problem began, we bought a new flat screen TV with a blue ray and had the Geek Squad set it up. Of course, they say nothing they did would have any effect on the computer. Dell accessed my computer and told me it was a bad video card, but others say this is not the case.

Regardless of the corrective messured required, how do you make the necessay changes with a black screen?


11 bet July 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Can you tell me how you fix the computer.


12 neven June 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

my name is neven.Imam a problem can not find a video mode error if someone let him know that it gives a link to download for counter strike in the forward 1.6.hvala


13 Ralph Carmone August 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I just had this problem on a new install. Turns out the LCD monitor I’m using only supports 60 Hz., and the GeForce2 mx 400 (in this case) set itself to 85 Hz. When I connected it to a CRT, it worked. I changed the refresh rate to 60 HZ and reconnected the LCD. No problems. (Right-click the desktop, Properties/Settings/Advanced/Monitor/Screen Refresh Rate) Hope it helps sombody. I searched every engine and found nothing I didn’t have to pay for first.


14 nurz April 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

hey dude help me out why i cant play the vanro online games in the lcd monitor while if i use the crt monitor it is functioning weard so kindly help me and send message to my eadd or comment right away asap i badly needed your help thanks. im using the MOV lcd flat screen and by the way i set my refresh rate 60 HZ still not functioning huhu. . pls help me out thank you.


15 bet July 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Please help me when I turn my moniter the dell thing comes on with it saying input Analog. I have tryed every way to fix it. The screen is just black and nothing will come on it. Please tell me how to fix it. Thanks so much.


16 maxine Kelly July 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

My speakers are on and no sound comes out except for a loud sound when I turn up the sound. When I turn on my computer it says Audio – Imput detect.

Is there any solution to this problem. I have everything connected right. The green light comes on but no voice or sound

Thank you

Maxine Kelly


17 Heather October 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thanks Ralph! That fixed it quick. I appreciate it. – HD


18 allan February 19, 2012 at 3:49 am

Can you let me know how and what you did to fix the problem.


19 Ahmad March 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Hello all. Its quit simple and easy method to solve this kind of problem. What you need to do is to RIGHT click on your desktop and then GO to Nvidia Display and then Click on Analog Display. A window will appear with lots of option. What you need to do is to Go to Full screen Video option then there change a Full screen device to SECONDARY DISPLAY. It works if you are using Nvidia. You can do this in other display cards also.
That’s all.


20 ben February 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I’m supposed to right click on my desktop? 1) my monitors being screwy so even if i 2) dont even have an os installed on my hdd yet, as it is brand new- i wouldn’t be able to right click on nuthin.

pulled the gpu and plugged into the mobo, same error.
plugged the monitor into my laptop and into my old computer, same error.

Seems like it is an error within the monitor, the question is.. how the hell do i fix it?
the menu button on the monitor is non-functional.


21 John December 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Hello all,

I have tied all the settings above and more but for me the solution was to change the VGA cable!



22 runcmd April 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

I also have the very common error monitor ‘cannot display this video mode’ error after Ubuntu server install.

I thought Linux was going to reduce my dependence on Windows. All Linux has done for me is prevent me from using my computer.


23 gil August 26, 2014 at 5:03 am

when i plug my tv to my laptop by hdmi port
i can not see picture on tv only black screen.

i have Linux centos 6.5
sharp led 42″ screen
acer aspire 4736

i try to switch hd cabel and hd ports on tv but it does not work


24 steve October 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

help with dis problem analog input


25 steve October 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

analog input cnt display video mode on my desktop


26 janet February 13, 2015 at 9:09 am

Histeve did you get the solution of your computer..if you did please help me out i have the same problem it is so annoying.


27 Cean October 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

I have the same problem all of you guys but its inside my game called unturned because i see my game is windowed mode so i try fullscreen then the game is black screen and it says: 1 : Analog Input
Cannot Display this on Video mode

Anybody Help!


28 muneebXxXx-_- November 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I was playing chicken invaders 4 thanks giving edition.when I increase the resulation
HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!! PLZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


29 janet February 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

I need help with my desktop when i switch it on it display analog video cannot be displayed, when i switch to digital it say click the green red n some other color to has been.that way for a while i need help.


30 pinshey February 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

i think u can try with another machine coz i think its the wrong screen resolution


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