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Old 06-01-2006, 01:42 PM   #1
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Terminal/command prompt has insane refresh rate, looking how to change it.

Alright, I've asked for config file locations or a command Ic an use in recovery on the official debian forums to no avail. I might be using the wrong terminology, but the place that looks like DOS prompt, what I think is called Bash (Or is bash something you run while in xserver?) is running at the maximum possible refresh rate of 166HZ, I don't know how to change it. It's probably a dpkg-reconfigure command, but I don't know what it is. Can anyone help me out?

Linux distroebian sarge
Video card:6800GT 256 meg
Monitor:1024x768@85HZ max, mag 770FS
Old 06-01-2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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Hi, my monitors refresh rate is 85hz and that's fine, how did you measure the refresh rate? Is the X server started (are you seeing a graphical interface or a command prompt)?

A "dos" prompt in Linux is called a command line, command prompt or a "shell". The most basic shell I am aware of is "sh" (short for shell). "bash" is short for "Bourne Again Shell", type "export" to see all your environment variables, in there you will see something like:
tuttle@shangrila:~$ export
declare -x SHELL="/bin/bash"
declare -x HOSTNAME="shangrila"
declare -x TERM="xterm"
declare -x USER="tuttle"
declare -x USERNAME="tuttle"
plus lots of other variables. Type "man bash" and "info bash" (or "man sh") to learn more

The "dos" type window in graphical mode (or "X") is usually called a "terminal", a simple terminal for X is "xterm", this shows a bash command prompt or similar within its window.
"man xterm" and "info xterm" for more
Old 06-01-2006, 07:12 PM   #3
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When I CTRL+ALT+F1 out of Xserver the refresh rate goes insane. I'm set to automatically start xserver. I hope this helps, there's a thunderstorm here right now and I have to shut down. Will post more later.


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