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Monitor refresh rates below 75 Hz can produce an often-imperceptible flicker that can cause eyestrain after long viewing. While some cards can support as high as 120 Hz some times even higher it is recommended you run 85-90 Hz, rates beyond 90 Hz add an unnecessary processing burden. So, we recommend that you set your monitor's refresh rate to 75-90Hz. These setting can be found by right-clicking an black spot on your desktop and selecting "Properties" then clicking the Settings tab. Or Control Panel "Display". Choose the "Advanced Tab" and click the Monitor tab and set your refresh rate to 75-90Hz. If you don't see the option to set your refresh rate higher that means your video card does not have the capacity to do so.

(The monitor refresh rate is measured in Hertz (not the rental car company :-) ). A monitor refresh rate of 75Hz means your computer is going to redraw your screen 75 times each second. This is why screen savers are no longer a necessity. With such high refresh rates, no images will "burn" into your screen like they did in the "old" days of monochrome monitors. However, screen savers are nice to look at - and we have a bunch of free ones too! ) Please note: Some older computers cannot display higher refresh rates, even though the Control Panel shows them. If you have an older computer (3 years or older) you might see your screen flickering or other distortions if you set your refresh rate higher than your graphics card can handle. In this case, immediately go back and set your refresh rate to the original setting.

And, if you're monitor is three years old or older it might not be your eyes that are getting worse, it might be time for a new monitor. We've found that after 2 or 3 years of use most monitors lose that bright, clear, crisp look and no amount of adjusting will bring it back. One tell-tale sign of a monitor which has seen better days is when text appears fuzzy even when you're using MS ClearType. A new monitor is a good investment not only for your computer but for your eyes. Most 17" Flat-Screen CRT-type monitors cost between $90.00 and $120.00 - and LCD monitor prices are becoming very attractive. A new monitor might be money well spent. A pair of new glasses will probably cost you a lot more than a new monitor!


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