This post possibly belongs in computing, but it involves a Philips monitor that apparently is suitable for TV, so I'll start here.

As an IT tech, I have, for years, used a KVM switch to run two computers with only one screen, one keyboard and one mouse. With both computers running, it's only necessary to hit Ctrl-Ctrl 1 or Ctrl-Ctrl 2 to see either computer's output on screen. The KVM switch I prefer (as it's not expensive) is Rextron's 'MyPico2', and I have several of these rigs in my workshop, running 17" CRT monitors at 800 x 600. I have another switch on my personal desk, where I have one computer for gaming and one for general work. The monitor there used to be a 19" Philips CRT, running at 1024 x 768, which had an absolutely brilliant picture, but it was very heavy, and as we were moving towns, I decided to replace it with a lighter, more modern monitor.

I ended up with a 24" Philips Brilliance 240B (2404LPYNB/75), running at 1920 x 1200. I'd thought the refresh rate would automatically be 60HZ, but this proved to be not the case.

OK, the monitor is great, excellent picture and the 16:10 format doesn't distort images unduly. But the damn thing doesn't run through the MyPico2 switch. Every time it boots up, a message appears saying that it can't run at this resolution, so please change it 1920x1200x60HZ! So I disconnect it from the switch (otherwise it won't start nohow), go into the image resolution setting and it's telling me the refresh rate is 59HZ, not 60HZ. So I change it to 60HZ, exit the config screen, go back and it's reverted to 59HZ.

I googled the 59HZ\60HZ situation and got heaps of hits. Apparently the frequency is actually 59.9HZ to make it compliant with TV signals, and there doesn't seem to be any way to force it to remain at 60HZ. I've complained to the switch distributor, and they've spoken to the Taiwanese manufacturer, but neither concern seems interested enough to help.

Anyone have any info on this?