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Hello I have a problem with ubuntu. Visual fatigue is the problem. After using my pc, my eyes feel really tired. The problem? I have an LED monitor so it's not the technology that's the problem, ubuntu is the problem. Xorg to be more specific. This actually only happens in linux. In windows 7 I don't have any problem with this. It is very strange and I don't know what to do. Please help I want to use ubuntu again... without my eyes burning D: The only thing that I know is this: https://veuwer.com/i/3kgn But this seems specialized. Is a 59 framerate normal? Is my monitor incompatible? Thanks for your help. My monitor is a samsung s19d300

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    Try software called redshift helps ease eyestrain Jan 22 '16 at 1:45
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    Biggest differences between the look of windows & other OS's are usually the fonts & colours. Maybe try Anti-aliasing or ** Font smoothing**? Are there any different (manufacturer's) drivers available for your video hardware? Tried a different monitor?
    – Xen2050
    Mar 30 '16 at 3:53
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59.79 is really 60. Sometimes refresh rates are off of 60 by a tiny bit, but it shouldn't matter. Any visual fatigue you're experiencing could be fixed by using a different desktop environment, such as GNOME, MATE, KDE, or LXDE. You could also try using a background with slightly dimmer colors.

However, I feel that eye fatigue is somewhat subjective. If you experience it while using your computer, I recommend maybe seeing an eye doctor or taking a break from the screen for a while. There really isn't a catchall fix (and I've honestly never heard of anyone complain of this before), but here are some more things you can try:

F.lux -- Puts a yellow tint over whatever the computer is displaying - good at night.

Lower your screen brightness -- Ubuntu might actually make your screen brighter than Windows or something weird like that.

Suggestion from hbdgaf: If you have a webcam, you can try this program, which adjusts your screen brightness automatically based on the amount of light your webcam sees. For people that have a problem focusing on two different lighting conditions, this problem would happen mostly at night/in dark surroundings. Darker colors do the same thing. Dull the differential between your screen and the background.

I said it before, but a different desktop environment really might help. GNOME and MATE both use darker colors than Unity.

Increase your font size. Maybe your computer's font is too small. Refer here for more info.


Hopefully one of those helps. Since it's really a problem with your eyes or configuration, we can't provide a definitive answer.

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  • I tried every desktop environment, every distro, and i don't now why happen, like i said only happens in linux, in windows i can stay all the day without problems.Its weird.
    – IvanX507
    Jan 22 '16 at 1:55
  • It might be the font then, but I'd still talk to an eye doctor. Jan 22 '16 at 1:55
  • Yeah i have to, i have headaches when i read :P,but i still seeing this weird,why not windows?why are refresh rate in 60 in some resolutions but in the native 59*+?I'm confused.
    – IvanX507
    Jan 22 '16 at 4:04
  • Each desktop should have a (sometimes easy, sometimes not) way to change the colours and fonts, can mimic a different desktop's theme without actually installing a different desktop.
    – Xen2050
    Mar 30 '16 at 3:52

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