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Can the refresh rate for the frame buffer be changed?

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
x86 architecture


When running without X or while running in VESA or frame buffer mode, is it possible to change the refresh rate?


No you can't change the refresh rate if you are using the frame buffer mode. This is because the kernel runs in protected mode but to access the VESA bios a real mode switch is needed. On other architectures like ppc things are different so you can access and change timings there on the fly but not on ix86.

You can change it if you are running X and accessing the hardware using an X driver which allows you to change these settings.


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  • Document ID:3464152
  • Creation Date: 04-Apr-2007
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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