After testing several distro's I went with Ubuntu 5.10.
I would like to find out how to increase refresh rate for the monitor. My monitor is a NEC MultiSync FE700 capable of 85 hertz .
I can't set it above 60 hertz with the screen res. preferances .
(85 hertz is much more pleasing to the eyes)
Any Idea what I can do ?.................Thanks in advance for any help
HP Pavillion A230n
Nforce2 on board graphics
NEC MultiSync FE700 monitor
running Ubuntu 5.10
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# 1280x1024 @ 80.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 85.76 kHz; pclk: 149.57 MHz
Modeline "1280x1024_80.00" 149.57 1280 1376 1512 1744 1024 1025 1028 1072 -HSync +Vsync
Change the 'Screen' section reference to the old resolution/refresh by editing, in this instance, '"1280x1024"' to be what the mode generated, which would have been '"1280x1024_80.00"' in each color depth section. It should look something like this:
Modes "1280x1024_80.00" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Do this for all of your resolutions you intend to use in each color depth section. Save the file and restart the Xserver.
Make note of your changes. If it fails to go into X, then edit the file from the command line with Nano by typing 'sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf' and fix it.
As for ruel24 's answer to my question , I see what your doing but Ubuntu wont let me make changes ,you have the answer, I just have to figure out how to apply it, will keep working on it.
[Edited by jmax3 on 2005-11-07 04:17:40]
So, to launch Kate, for instance, you'd type 'sudo kate' from a console, followed by your user password at the prompt and it'll be launched with root permissions and you can change the file. Same goes for editors such as Nano, which every Ubuntu distro should have (running Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu, right now, myself). You could type 'sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf' with your password at the prompt and it should let you edit the file and save it without problems. Nano is very easy to use, too. Just ctrl-G for help and it'll get you going past the given commands on the screen. Pretty easy for a command line editor.
In the old days, you absolutely had to edit this file (it was actually XF86Config back then but the very same file) by hand to get your video setup. This method should work in every distro out there.
Just be aware that overall Ubuntu is a great distro, but it does have learning curve. As long as you're willing to take that journey and stick it out, you'll be fine. But, if you're one of those that would rather have a slick graphical way of doing something that's nearly automagical, then Mandriva would be a better answer. Many new users run right back to Windows after using more involved distros like Debian/Ubuntu.