I'm going to assume it is some flavor of Windows and not Linux, because, well, because.
I am also going to assume that you have all of your drivers loaded for the chipset (motherboard) and the GPU (graphics).
To see if you have NOT loaded the drivers, right click on 'My 'Puter' then select manage. From there select 'Device Manager'. Is there anything with little yellow exclamation points next to it? Also while there go ahead and see what it says for your display adapter. make sure it does NOT say 'Generic PnP VGA' or something along those lines. It should say something like Intel 915 xxxxx.
If you are running Vista or 7 you can right click the desktop, select personalize, then on the bottom of the window select 'Display Properties'. From there click on the advanced button, then the monitor tab. There it should list your current refresh rate and might allow you to change it.
You should also be able to do roughly the same procedure in XP but I don't have an XP box setup at the moment to be able to verify that for you.
If you re using Linux as your OS then we need to know which distribution and version of it you are running.
Thinkpad T430s 8GB DDR3, 1600x900, 128GB + 250GB SSD's, etc.
E6520, Precision M4400, D630, Latitude E6520
ThinkPad Tablet 16GB 1838-22U
IBM Thinkpad X61T, T61, T43, X41T, T60, T41P, T42, T410, X301
If I could bump it up to 60Hz it would help but im not sure if its safe to do that
Also wondered how to bump it up from 50Hz as higher refresh rates ARE easier on the eyes! Hope someone can pitch in.
2GHz Dothan (X60 C2D, X31 1.7 Banias), 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD Multi-Burner, IBM 11b/g, Bluetooth II, Docks
multi-boot (98SE, W2K, XP PRO, Win7, Linux Mint 10)
Wikipedia wrote:Much of the discussion of refresh rate does not apply to the liquid crystal portion of an LCD monitor. This is because while a CRT monitor uses the same mechanism for both illumination and imaging, LCDs employ a separate backlight to illuminate the image being portrayed by the LCD's liquid crystal shutters. The shutters themselves do not have a "refresh rate" as such due to the fact that they always stay at whatever opacity they were last instructed to continuously, and do not become more or less transparent until instructed to produce a different opacity. Most of the TFT LCDs used in portable devices and computer monitors need a continuous refresh. The driving voltage determines the transmittance of the liquid crystal.
The closest thing liquid crystal shutters have to a refresh rate is their response time, while nearly all LCD backlights (most notably fluorescent cathodes, which commonly operate at ~200 Hz) have a separate figure known as flicker, which describes how many times a second the backlight pulses on and off. However they also have a refresh rate that governs how often a new image is received from the video card (often at 60 Hz).
I flashed the X41 tablet bios found below to my X41 and 60hz is available again. It is day and night difference. No more eyestrain and cursor trails.
My Thinkpads at the moment
T61, 14.1" GMA X3100
T61, 14.1" Quadro NVS 140M
T60, 14.1" Radeon X1300 x2
T43P, 15" FireGL V3200
T42P, 15" FireGL T2
T43, 14.1" Radeon X300
T43, 14.1" GMA900
T42, 14.1" Radeon 7500
X60s, X41t,X41, X32 x 2, T23, TP600, 701CS
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