Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. February 21, 2005
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New monitors can give life to an older PC. Wtih new monitors, present some interesting opportunities for changes and improvements to your computing experience.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest changes will be increased resolution. While bigger is sometimes better, it does bring about an interesting problem. Your new monitor will also support new refresh rates, or frequencies in which the monitor will refresh its display.
The higher the refresh rate, the better quality computing experience you will have. To check or set your monitor's refresh rate, do the following: right click your desktop and choose Properties from the context menu. When the Display Properties dialog displays, click on the Settings tab; and hen click the Advanced button. Click on the Monitor tab, and then look for the Screen refresh rate drop down. Insure that the Hide modes that this monitor cannot display check box is clicked before you change refresh rates. If its not, select it, and then click the Apply button. This will hide unsupported monitor refresh rates.
Click on the Screen refresh rate drop down and select the highest supported refresh rate. The higher the rate, the quicker the monitor will refress, and the less noticable its refreshing and flickering will be.