calibration for computer monitor?

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -

    i was wondering if anyone knew of any shareware type stuff to specifically calibrate a computer monitor?

    i've got a 21" HP monitor (P1110) that i think is "off". i've got the brightness turned down to 0%, the contrast at approximately 90% and at 6500K.

    the problem is the monitor appears really washed out, with a slight blue tinge. i've gone through all the settings and cannot seem to get it to a decent dark level.

    it's my work monitor, so i'm not really looking to do anything extreme, but i thought maybe someone would have an idea or suggestion?

    thanks in advance,

    ted
     
  2. JasenP

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    Ted,
    I don't know ahy you couldn't use standard color bars to calibrate with. Here is a link with 800 X 600 AND Resolutions 1024 X 768 Color Bars
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    cool - thanks jasen! if you run into one for gray-scale let me know! [​IMG]
     
  4. Cliff Watson

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    ”the problem is the monitor appears really washed out, with a slight blue tinge. i've gone through all the settings and cannot seem to get it to a decent dark level.”
    I don’t think adjustments will help this monitor. I had to replace a Sony monitor with the same symptoms because the sub-bright circuit was going out.
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    ack! thanks cliff...

    i sort of thought this was beyond "simple" repair...but i was hoping someone had some ideas.

    i tried the colorbars and the colors looked "good", but when i look at whites, that's when the bluish tint/washed out look is really noticeable.
     
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    wow! too cool jasen...didn't know google could do that! thanks! [​IMG]
     
  8. Wayne Bundrick

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    There is software called Colorific which creates a custom color profile which corrects the colors at the video card level. The test patterns are interactive, for example it shows nine shades of blue against a blue background pattern and you click on the spot which best matches the background.
     
  9. Ted Lee

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    thanks wayne...
    i think i found some info on that app here. unfortunately, it's like 50.00.
    since this is my work monitor, i'm not really going to spend any money if i can help it.
    although i do stare at it for eight hours a day...oh well, once i go blind and lose my sight maybe i can sue the company! [​IMG]
     
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    There is an ancient Nokia Monitor Test Tool that is floating around the web. I have no idea where I got my copy (linked from some article I read recently). But I found this site, which has it for download. It's a handy little program, and free.
    http://freepctech.com/rode/004.shtml
     
  11. Ted Lee

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    yes! i think that may be exactly what i'm looking for dave - thanks to you (and all the others) who replied.

    hopefully my brightness circuit thing-a-ma-jig won't be busted and this'll help.

    thanks again guys...
     
  12. Ken Chan

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    There's also DisplayMate. It's not free either, but since we're listing links....
    //Ken
     
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    FYI: NTSC material SHOULD look a tad washed out on a computer monitor.
     
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    hey jeff - why should ntsc look washed out? just curious...
     
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    I don't know the specific reason why, but I believe it has to do with the much greater color depth of computer monitors. It was in an article on why you need a separate NTSC monitor because you can't do proper color correction on a computer w/o one for reference
     
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    cool....thanks!
     
  18. Ted Lee

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    update (if anyone cares...)

    looks like the nokia test confirmed my fears. my monitor is running WAY too hot. i have my brightness set to zero and per their test, i'm seeing all their bars when i should only be seeing a few.

    oh well, maybe i'll pitch a fit and see what happens.

    thanks again all!
     
  19. Ken Chan

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    I thought NTSC just looked dark on computer monitors, which have a different "gamma response curve" than TVs.

    //Ken
     
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    Ted - Glad my recommendation helped [​IMG] It seems odd that your monitor is too bright. My limited experience, is that monitors grow dim with age. Is this a new monitor (repaired under warranty) or an older one?
     

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