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Refresh rate - X Windows
Ok I may be asking a silly question here, but how do you change the monitor refresh rate for X Windows? From what I can tell you don't! Does X have a different way of handling it to MS Windows? Do I even need to worry about it?
About the refresh rate, you can configure this in section "Monitor" in the file /etc/X11/XF86Config. Do be careful however and look at the monitor's manual. New monitors are protected but older ones could be damaged.
Your distribution undoubtedly also has a tool for configuring X.