Refresh rate always default to 60hz

My problem is that I cannot permanently change the refresh rate of my monitor. I'm able to change it via the Monitor Settings but on the next reboot it will default to 60hz!

The save button in the below screenshot doesn't seem to have any effect:

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    s-diag: 610mm (24")
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I don't use i3, but I am sure you need to find (or add new) the configuration line in i3 config (whatever that is...) that is using an xrandr command and modify to your preferred setting.
The screenshot looks like from arandr. If so, IIRC it can save the xrandr command in a file. Did you try?


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Hey sorry for the late response i was away.

I had to do what you said. I have put this in my i3 config

exec --no-startup-id "xrandr --output HDMI-0 --mode 1920x1080 --rate 144"

Is it working now as expected?
If so, choose a post as a solution.
If not, explain.

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what works for me is using

sudo nvidia-settings

and saving that file
to both

and /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf


fix your settings in sudo nvidia-settings how you prefer

save to default location /etc/X11/xorg.conf

apply settings

which doesn't do anything but annoy you because your DE overrides it anyways

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf

to copy that cfg file to the proper location where it gets read/used
how it is supposed to be when you restart

also you can learn about how your desktop environment handles display
with some documentation online

for me in xfce, i have display settings, that don't save, unless I use

sudo xfce4-display-settings

which in garuda is broken for some reason, I havent figured out yet

but, the first method I mentioned works, so I don't even have to worrry about it.

Have fun :grimacing:


Maybe @Yorper can look after it and see if there is a solution?

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I was just thinking about how to fix the issue more broadly

the error you get in garuda from sudo xfce4-display-settings is..

(xfce4-display-settings:52560): xfce4-display-settings-ERROR **: 10:07:15.876: Failed to connect to xfconf daemon: Error spawning command line “dbus-launch --autolaunch=d5d01a39621e464bba6e6f7dd4dde23d --binary-syntax --close-stderr”: Child process exited with code 1.
Trace/breakpoint trap

Which is great to use, but then there is the problem of nvidia-settings
not saving or being applied with the gui's defaults.

Right now it seems that the design is such that xorg or your desktop
environment overrides your graphics settings, unless you manually
create 20-nvidia.conf in /etc/x11/xorg.conf.d or go into your
sudo nvidia-settings gui every boot up and apply the settings again.

Which there is almost no talk about whatsoever, except this out of the way steam forum post from like 5 years ago about tweaking your debian system for gaming that I found the other day researching the subject.

before I found the fix

or understood the sudo command to

run xfce display settings
(after looking up its documentation on the xfce website)

I would go into the display settings gui apply settings (with higher refresh rate) every bootup

I use a gaming monitor, and most people dont even know what that is
or a higher refresh rate...

then go into nvidia settings and apply them to make sure they apply

now, the proper way, imo is to simply use the sudo nvidia-settings
and copy/rename the xorg.conf

Are you sure you are answering to the correct topic? I don't see anything relevant in your post.

Also, you are proposing wrong and possibly destructive advice.
Maybe you have misunderstood how Xorg works in Archlinux. I think you may improve your understanding, if you read more man and wiki pages, about Xorg, xfce, sudo and nvidia.

Wrong. There should be no such file in Archlinux system, unless there are specific (very rare) reasons for it.

Wrong. It's the opposite. That's why this file should not be used, as already said.

This command acts at a user level, user being root, saving at /root/ user directory.
If using sudo to modify a normal user's setting and succeed, then you have broken this user's directory/files ownership, making it unusable for an unknown extent.

It would be better to advice on sectors you are really sure you know well and have confirmed with Archwiki info :wink:

Stay safe!

No that's what solves the problem actually...

which is "Refresh rate always default to 60hz"

and is ideal for people with nvidia card/driver

as opposed to using their desktop environments specific
methods for altering display

I found the arch wiki page about it, if you need more information

Just to reiterate, this applies to every desktop environment
in the context of using an nvidia GPU and driver

the proper way to save display settings, and have them applied every reboot

is to copy /etc/x11/xorg.conf

which is the file you create after saving your desired
nvidia settings after invoking

sudo nvidia-settings



by using this command

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf

which copies and renames your display configuration
into the folder designed for users to invoke their own
custom settings which then automatically applies itself
after every reboot, no matter what desktop environment
you use.

Try it!

This answer solves my issue. But be aware that is specific to i3 WM and it doesn't consider GPU brand etc.
Using xrandr you can specify the desired --mode and fps rate --rate. Notice that these settings apply for the specific HDMI-0 --output. So first find your output with xrandr --listmonitors and then specific modes available can be found with xrandr --screen 0 . The 0 is in my example. So find the correct number from the --listmonitors command.

After you find the correct output and settings, put the command as shown in the Solution in the i3/config file after the #autostart section .

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