Macbook slow refresh rate

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by danmunk, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. danmunk macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2007

    I just got a Macbook and the slow screen refresh rate is killing me. I have a MBP and have used it for years with no problems. I looked around and found a the utility switchresxcontrol which is supposed to change the refresh rate, but doesn't appear to help me. Is there anyway I can increase the refresh rate?

  2. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    You don't change the "refresh rate" on LCDs like you do CRTs. I'm guessing you're actually talking about the response time of the display, which may be lower than that of the MBP (I don't see specs on Apple's site to compare).
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    Firstly, all laptop LCDs have slow response times. One may be faster than another, but they're mostly around 2X ms (eg: 25 ms, 20 ms).

    And just so you know, laptop LCDs also have poor colour because none of them are made to display more than several hundred thousand colours. They just interpolate to "millions of colours".

    If you want to game, get a cheap external LCD. The cheapest LCDs have the fast, 2 ms or 4 ms response times, so it's not a huge expense.

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