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Chapter 7. Hardware Annoyances > HUSH...HUSH, SWEET MONITOR

HUSH...HUSH, SWEET MONITOR

The Annoyance:

My six-year-old 17-inch monitor, which I affectionately call "Gramps," started making a high-pitched, drive-me-up-the-wall whine. I thought I'd landed in a low-budget sci-fi thriller.

The Fix:

The whine is probably caused by a vibrating flyback transformer (don't ask; it's a voltage thing). You can muzzle the monitor by changing its refresh rate. To do so in Windows XP and 2000, right-click the desktop and choose Properties, click the Settings tab, then the Advanced button, then the Monitor tab (see Figure 7-5). Change the setting in the "Screen refresh rate" or "Refresh Frequency" drop-down, respectively, to 72 Hertz or higher. (The higher the refresh rate, the less eyestrain you'll suffer from, too.) In Windows 98 and Me, click the Adapter tab (not the Monitor tab) and change the setting in the Refresh drop-down menu.


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