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Hi,

I suffer from flicker sensitivity, and cannot use my late 2009 MacBook Pro very much because of it. Rather than purchase another computer, I was wondering if there was ANY way to increase the refresh rate above 60 hz. I am using Snow Leopard and no option appears in Display for adjusting the refresh rate. Any ideas?

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(For clarification, the condition is called "subliminal" flicker sensitivity. Nothing is wrong with the MacBook. A google search on subliminal flicker sensitivity will lead to websites that explain the condition far better than I can.)
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Most LCD displays are designed to run at 60Hz. The technology simply can't display at a higher refresh than that, so it's not just a matter of tweaking a setting.

With that said, we're starting to see a rash of 120Hz LCDs come on the market, especially in TVs. But this is a fairly new development. If you're sensitive to refresh rates, you might want to shop for a notebook that is advertised as having a higher refresh than normal as it can't be set in software.

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Most LCD displays are designed to run at 60Hz. The technology simply can't display at a higher refresh than that, so it's not just a matter of tweaking a setting.

With that said, we're starting to see a rash of 120Hz LCDs come on the market, especially in TVs. But this is a fairly new development. If you're sensitive to refresh rates, you might want to shop for a notebook that is advertised as having a higher refresh than normal as it can't be set in software.
I figured as much. Oh well, guess I'll be selling this mbp then. Thanks for the timely response cwa.
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I figured as much. Oh well, guess I'll be selling this mbp then. Thanks for the timely response cwa.
Before you do that, you might want to have a model in mind. As I mentioned, I've seen 120Hz displays, but they're mostly TVs. So, be sure to shop around before you make any commitments.

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