I am very sensitive to refresh rates below 70Hz, at least so far as most CRT monitors are concerned. When setting up a fresh Windows system from install media (in this case Windows Server 2008), the installator goes to a graphical interface which invariably refreshes around 60Hz. This is physically painful for me to look at for more than a few seconds, which makes installing Windows way more of an ordeal than it should be.
After a full install, with appropriate video drivers applied, it's easy enough for me to get into the display options and set it to 85Hz or something otherwise workable. But depending on the size of the install and how many systems I have to work on at any given time, this can still leave hours of me squinting at the screen with constant headache breaks.
Since I'm rarely lucky enough to be able to use an LCD monitor on any given installation, is there any way to run the installator such that it can use a higher refresh rate? Or, alternatively, bypass the graphical interface entirely and do the base install via some sort of text-mode or command line?