Dual screen refresh rates synced to the lower one

Hello all,

I have a question about display refresh rates.
I have a Dell 144 hz ultrawide screen with and a 60hz drawing display by xp pen I chose that one specifically because of native support of linux.

My issue starts when both are active, as the refresh rate syncs to the lower one. meaning my 144 hz syncs to 60 hz whereas without the display it works normally and settings for the display do not seem to separate the two.

Is there a possibility to fix this ?

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Display: x11 server: X.Org compositor: kwin_x11 driver:
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I'm pretty certain this is a limitation of VSYNC and displays with different refresh rates, e.g. the GPU can't sync to two rates at once so it picks one supported by both displays.

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You mean this is a limitation on the OS level of Linux ?

I guess this might be worth trying:

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Unfortunately no, still rounds down to 60 hz. Unles there is a way to edit that file directly from dolphin or terminal I am unaware of.

I used the GUI for this.

Last bump, in case someone still has an idea how to fix this.

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There is not a lot of information on the issue. And what is present basically says it cannot be fixed. What
Jonathon said. Thank you Jon for your help, btw.

I will try to solve it somehow. Apologies for the bump.

Seems it is a limitation of the compositor. And cannot be circumvented except by turning it off.

All other articles and posts I found are nvidia bound and are fixed through the nvdia driver.

My setup is fully AMD so it cannot apply.

I dont want to slap irrelevant links and threads here to avoid confusion in the search.

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It is more specifically a limitation of the GPU and associated drivers. Any given OS might default to certain drivers for certain hardware, but if you find something more appropriate you can switch.

I had a monitor at work that my laptop would not display the correct resolution on (crappy laptop with crappy integrated GPU), but I tried a few different display drivers and ended up finding one that supported the suggested resolution for the monitor.

There are more posts about NVidia drivers out there than any other GPU partly because the NVidia driver situation is kind of a mess. But there are alternatives available for other drivers, too. I don't personally know a lot about AMD GPU drivers, but reading through this article might be a good place to start: AMDGPU - ArchWiki

The section about experimental drivers might be worth checking out; sometimes stuff like that can be buggy and not worth it, but then again sometimes the newer drivers might have the feature improvements you desire.


Hi Blu, thank you for your help last time with the GRUB menu.

I would still like to avoid experimental features cause I am very fresh to Linux as is.

But this wiki link will come in handy in the future.

Thank you for this.

Since this seems to be the case that the driver is limited, id call this case closed.

As for the drawing display i might find a way to enable and disable the screen without seizure inducing flickering to turn it on when i need it.

@Lancer669 I was thinking about this, and I wonder: have you considered looking into a display splitter? I know you probably don't want to spend more money on hardware for a fix, but something like this would be less than $20:

Or here is something else I was looking at: https://jtechdigital.com/articles/multi-resolution-hdmi-splitters/

I guess you would have to research a little yourself to find something that would work with the hardware you've got. Anyway, that popped into my head and I figured I would pass it along.

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My rig is already costly as is, cheaping out on a splitter would be really stupid. I will test it and see of it helps. If nothing to satisfy my curiosity.

I don't know much about them to be honest, I was shopping around for something else for myself (more of a KVM switch). I saw that there is a bunch of stuff designed to output to different resolution displays, etc and it reminded me of this thread. :man_shrugging:

Good luck, follow up if you find something that helps!


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