U11.10 Screen Refresh Rate

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 06:37:47 UTC 2011

On 09/27/2011 07:35 AM, Alan Pope wrote:
> On 27 September 2011 10:50, Colin Law<clanlaw at googlemail.com>  wrote:
>> That is what I thought, so saying the solution is just to edit the
>> file is a bit of an oversimplification.  It is not just a matter of
>> editing a file, finding the line that says RefreshRate or similar and
>> changing the number.
> Sure, but most people don't ever need to change the refresh rate setting.
>>   It is a matter of understanding the syntax of
>> the file and knowing what to put in it in order to  set the refresh
>> rate.  Or is there a way of asking the system to generate a default
>> one matching the system so that one can just edit it?
> sudo Xorg :1 -configure
> That will generate an xorg.conf.new in your home directory. Here's the
> output of me running that on my desktop (along with amusing "Error,
> no, that's not an error" error message.
> http://paste.ubuntu.com/697821/
> Here's the resulting xorg.conf.new.
> http://paste.ubuntu.com/697823/
> Not brilliant :)
>   >  Am I correct in
>> thinking that one can actually damage the hardware if one gets the
>> file horribly wrong?

Remember Xvidtune?? I blew the living sparks out of a really nice and 
expensive, for the day, 15" CRT Multisync ..when one was the price of a 
good used car. It went ZZZZZEEEEP! followed by a black screen and a 
whiff of smoke, dinking with the refresh rates. I cried, forced to go 
back to my 14" screen. So yeah, you can hurt your monitor. Whether you 
will or not depends on what you force it to do that it shouldn't do. 
It's your hardware, read the manuals and make up your own mind.

But, to answer your question, if something is fragile Linux will allow 
you to break it it you make it do so. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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