Default Refresh Rate on boot

Posted on 2006-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have been searching and racking my brain on this one, but I can't find any information where windows 2000 is concerned.  I have 2 windows 2000 systems hooked up through a KVM switch (both to the same monitor).  I can switch very fast between them, but only if the resolution AND refresh rate are identical.  The video cards are different, but both can handle the 1600 x 1200 85 Hz settings I want.  One computer starts like that with no problems, the other one switches to 60 Hz after one or two reboots.  Nothing I do seems to cause it to stay at 85 Hz.   Is there a way (through the registry, or ini files or something) that I can force it to 85 Hz?

Thank you.
Question by:Zaehlas

    Accepted Solution

    I think this tool might help u .. (I copy pasted the info below)

    RefreshForce universally and permanently fixes the Windows 2000/XP refresh rate problem on ANY variation of graphics cards, monitors, or drivers!!! No messing around, no hassle, it WORKS and it's SIMPLE!

    Completely fixes the Windows 2000/XP refresh rate problem
    Functions regardless of graphics card, and driver versions
    One-time execute, no reboot required, and no background program
    Ability to push Plug & Play monitor drivers over 85Hz
    Support for systems with multiple display adapters
    Automatic backup facility
    Sophisticated and unique display optimization technology
    Ability to actually lower refresh rates as well as increase them, if software causes display corruption
    It's freeware! "

    the link to the homepage

    Author Comment

    OK, you have definitely answered my problem.  After reading throught he program, I found it will NOT work if the PC is booted with the monitor off, as that sets the default Display drivers, and forces the system into 60 Hz.  However, I may have found a workaround on that, because I deleted all non 85 Hz modes from all monitor capability, including Default.  Maybe that will work, and maybe it won't, but now I know what is happening, and why.  My system is set to auto reboot at specific times, usually when I'm not home, and when I have the monitor turned off.  So if the program fixes it, that's great.  If not, well, nothing I can do, hehe.

    Thank you for leading me to it, as I don't know why my searches never found it.  =D


    Expert Comment

    Hopefully you get it to work or at least it helps you find a practicle solution,  I am not sure why you couldn't find it on a search (google for ex) .. but i actually had this in the favorites as i had  a similar problem some time ago... and it got fixed when i changed my graphic card actually.
    I just thought of another possible solution for you ! when u installed ur graphic card, did u install the drivers manually or did w2k assign the default drivers from windows ? If its the later then maybe you should try to install the latest drivers from the card manufacturer.

    anyway i am glad to be of assistance, as they problems can get annoying after a while.

    Featured Post

    IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

    Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

    Join & Write a Comment

    Suggested Solutions

    NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.   Tips on how to secure IoT devices, even the dumbest ones, so they can't be used as part of a DDoS botnet.  Use PRTG Network Monitor as one of the building blocks, to detect unusual…
    how to add IIS SMTP to handle application/Scanner relays into office 365.
    In this seventh video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFfonts utility, which lists all the fonts used in a PDF file. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any pl…

    734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now