Also, I play in 1280x1024x32. At this mode, the tear is alot more noticeable.
In the refresh lock configuration, it says at 1280x1024x32, the safest refresh rate is 60 and at 800x600x32, the safest is 100. When I play the game in 800x600, the tear is nearly all gone but the game looks crap.
If I over-ride the safety 60 value in the refesh lock to say 85 for 1280x1024x32, will this harm the monitor or the system.
If it might, is there anyway to get a refresh rate of more than 60Hz while playing in 1280x1024x32.
Try buying a new monitor, ...... if the only refresh rate available at 1280x1024x32 is 60hz, that means that thats the most your monitor can handle.... try using 1024x768x32 @ 75Hz, your monitor might support that.......
You can burn out the monitor if it will allow you to go over stock speeds, without an out of sync warning. but by rights the monitor will just pop a black screen saying it wont work at those levels. and unless you have above a GF3 TI500 i would stick at 1024x768 for gaming.
Have you tried getting the latest drivers for your monitor ? Rather than just using the default XP drivers, I found that using the correct drivers gave me better refresh rates - for example I used to be able to get 85hz @ 1024x768, but with the correct drivers I can now have 100hz)
It may also be worthwhile using the NVRefresh Tool which can be found in the downloads section of this site - as WinXP will default to 60hz when playing games. Hope that helps