I've had a "dark" looking computer for about 1.5 years now. The black levels are horrendous. I can't make any further adjustments to the contrast or brightness settings on my monitor (a 19" Futura brand). They're both pegged at the highest settings. When I watch DVDs (not very often), watch any Quicktime videos, and all images are much darker than they should be and I can't make out any detail in pictures with shadows or dim lighting. I've just put up with it and figured it was a problem with the monitor. Well today I decided to do something about it and downloaded Powerstrip. It recognized my video card just fine (3dfx Voodoo3) and seems to be able to adjust the brightness and contrast...except for DVD video. I put in Video Essentials in an attempt to use the video test patterns to fine-tune the black levels on my monitor but making changes in Powerstrip doesn't do anything to how the DVD video window looks. I'm using Ravisent Cinemaster as the DVD player. I don't have a hardware decoder. I can turn down the brightness all the way...the entire screen goes almost black except for the DVD window. It remains completely unchanged. Is there some setting in Powerstrip that I'm missing to make changes to how the DVD video window responds to changes? Is it just a problem with my video card? Is it a problem with the software DVD player? If it helps, I'm running Win98SE, 128MB RAM, 950 MHz AMD Athlon. If the the only solution is changing out my existing hardware then I'll probably just let it go as is. My computer isn't my primary DVD player, but it is rather annoying looking at rather dark pictures. Also, when I scan images I can't get the settings right if I make adjustments. The pictures always look washed out on all other computers when they look fine on mine.