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Screen Refresh Rate - Custom for NVIDIA Brand

How to Create a Custom Screen Refresh Rate with NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows
Published by Brink
30 Oct 2009
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How to Create a Custom Screen Refresh Rate with NIVIDIA Control Panel in Windows

information   Information
Microsoft answer:
Certain monitors report a TV-compatibility timing of 59.94Hz. Therefore, Windows 7 exposes two frequencies, 59Hz and 60Hz, for every resolution that is supported at that timing. The 59Hz setting makes sure that a TV-compatible timing is always available for an application such as Windows Media Center. The 60Hz setting maintains compatibility for applications that expect 60Hz.

In Windows 7, when a user selects 60Hz, the OS stores a value of 59.94Hz. However, 59Hz is shown in the Screen refresh rate in Control Panel, even though the user selected 60Hz.


This will show you how to create and set a custom screen refresh rate using the NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows. The NVIDIA Control Panel is only available when you have a NIVIDIA graphics card or chip installed in your computer along with the drivers.
Tip   Tip
Be sure to have the lastest NVIDIA video and your monitor driver versions for Windows 7 installed to see if they may support the screen refresh rate that you are wanting first.

This can be handy if you cannot set a refresh rate normally. For example, it will not stay set above 59 Hertz despite setting it to 60 Hertz, and your monitor supports 60 or above Hertz.
Note   Note
Credit for this tip belongs to our member Jimmy.
warning   Warning
DO NOT set the refresh rate above what your monitor supports. Doing so can damage your monitor permanently. Please look up your monitor's specifications at it's manufacturer's website to confirm what refresh rates it supports.





Here's How:
1. Right click on the desktop, and click on NVIDIA Control Panel.
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2. In the left pane, select Change resolution. Now select the monitor that you want to change the refresh rate for, then click on the Add Resolutions button. (See screenshot below)
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3. Click on the Create Custom Resolution button. (See screenshot below)
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4. Click on Timing. (See screenshot below)
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5. Under the Standard drop down menu, select Manual. (See screenshot below)
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6. At the top (1 in image below), change the Refresh rate to the closest rate to what you want to set it as (ex: 60Hz). (See screenshot below)
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7. At the bottom (2 in image above), change the refresh rate to .001 above the refresh rate you want to change it to. For example, if you wanted to have a 60Hz refresh rate, change this value to 60.001. Click on the Test button. (See screenshot above)

8. If the display looks ok, then click on Yes and go to step 9. If not, then click on No, and repeat steps 6 and 7 until it does or cancel the change. (See screenshot below)
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9. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you wanted to Edit (pencil icon) or Delete (red X icon) this custom screen refresh rate, then you will need to select another screen resolution in the window below step 2 or 10 first before you will be able to. You cannot edit or delete a custom resolution if it is set as your current one.
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10. You will now notice that you screen refresh rate (ex: now 60Hz instead of 59Hz) has been changed. (See screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn




30 Oct 2009   #1
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Thanks Big Guy, much needed information.

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30 Oct 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Lee.
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30 Oct 2009   #3
karthikv

Widows 7
 
 

Thx Brink YOu ROck Buddy..
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30 Oct 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Karthikv, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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30 Oct 2009   #5
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome Karthikv, and welcome to Seven Forums.
Blast you Shawn...

I was in the tutorial mood today...was going to release the one we discussed yesterday and this one to fix screen resolutions

You and your *AMC


Alien Mind Control
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30 Oct 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Blast you Shawn...

I was in the tutorial mood today...was going to release the one we discussed yesterday and this one to fix screen resolutions

You and your *AMC


Alien Mind Control
LOL, well if you have a way to do this for ATI, you can make one if you like. I do not have a ATI card.
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30 Oct 2009   #7
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Blast you Shawn...

I was in the tutorial mood today...was going to release the one we discussed yesterday and this one to fix screen resolutions

You and your *AMC


Alien Mind Control
LOL, well if you have a way to do this for ATI, you can make one if you like. I do not have a ATI card.
Well...if I had one myself...

I did do a fair bit of research a bit back and found out that NVIDIA's way of doing it is a lot better than ATI

One thing to add to the tutorial Shawn is that this will only work on Desktops. I am running custom drivers for my 8600M GT and I can do this BUT on vanilla drivers the custom resolution entry isn't there
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30 Oct 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Chris,

Yeah, you will have to have the NVIDIA drivers installed from NVIDIA and not generic ones. I have this option available as well with a 9800M GTS on the laptop.
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01 Nov 2009   #9
saytr79

Windows 7 64
 
 

I havent been able to play games due to the sporatic flickering / freezing since i upgraded to Windows 7 64 about a week ago and finally a fix ! I joined the forums just to say thanks and nice find. Great forum as well .
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