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How to change the video output (in Hz) in Mac os 7.1 ?

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amiya.sahu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 28, 2012 2:32 AM

Hi All


  How to change the display of mac os 7.1 so that it can accomodate 60 hz video frequency (Like Windows system display setting) ?

Please guide me .



  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,080 points)

    On what model of Mac?

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,080 points)

    It's been a long time so I may be misremembering, but I don't remember OS 7.1 having a native option to change the monitor frequency. If it does, it would be under the Options in the Monitors control panel. There were at the time a couple of third-party extensions that allowed more control over monitors, such as ActivateAllResolutions, but I can't find copies floating around the web any more. Someone else here may be able to offer other suttions.



  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)

    Years ago a client had a used computer store.  We set up a quadra 950 with five video ports.  Each port was set to a different video option to illustrate different monitor sizes, settings and capabilities.  Just mentioned that to a store clerk today.


    First you go to control panels and open the monitor control panel.  Then check the settings and see if the monitor is recognized.  It is much easier to reconfigure if you have a nubus video card because then you do not have to reboot to find the monitor setting for the new monitor.  You may have to zap the PRAM to reset after failed attemps.


    My I ask if you have an apple monitor that you want to replace with a PC monitor?  If so, find a multi-sync monitor and go with it.  It will usually auto detect.  NEC made multi-sync monitors in the mid nineties that were very well behaved.  Other monitors required fussing but the NECs always lit up just fine.  Those crt monitors should be free or $5 at a recycler.



  • JustSomeGuy Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)

    Do you have a monitor that works (or doesn't work) now?  I'm trying to figure out what problem you're trying to solve.  I like the others don't recall a manual setting for the vertical scan frequency.

  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)

    You have onboard video Plus the option for addon cards.  They are both controlled by the monitor control panel. 


    The question still stands, do you have a working monitor or are you trying to configure the monitor before you plug it in?  If you do not have a working monitor that shows the control panel, you are working blind.  You can hold the space bar while starting up some monitors but Apple adopted that key stroke for extension manager in later OS editions so keyboard start up configurations are specific to OS versions and Super Mac and Radius displays. 


    We can give you far more detail if you give us a little more information about the monitor you have now.  Multi-sync monitors are the only way to go if you are working blind.

  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)

    Where is the frame grabber card installed?  A Y splitter will not allow for a different frequency.  A second video card will.


    Please tell us just what monitor you are using and the video setting you have set in the control panel.

  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)

    Thank you for the details.


    The next question to consider is the type of information on the hard drive that you would like to capture.  I am intrigued by the idea of a card that will transfer from one computer to the next.  It obviously is not a NUBUS card.


    Given a little more free time, we could unpack an 7.1 machine and test some settings, but until then, understanding the information source that you would like to capture would be helpful. 


    Will the software run on a 7.5.3 machine?  That OS gives you more options and will run a number of AV configured Macs.


    Finally, a low tec approach would be to film the source monitor to a newer media to overcome the lack of control over older hardware.




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