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Old 06-15-2005, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How often do you replace your monitor? I know monitors can darken over time. This one is about a year and half old. It's a standard, not a flat screen. It seems to be really dark lately and I have the brightness and contrast turned all the way up. It's on all almost all day, (14-16 hours) every day. Can it be darkening already? Or is it an optical allusion from all the windows around this room.

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Old 06-15-2005, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have several Dell CRTs that I've been using for years and they still are bright and sharp. I also use a Philips 170B LCD Screen and it is also bright and sharp after several years.
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cin

You should re-calibrate your monitor every month or so. Monitors do change with use and it's good to re-adjust them.

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Old 06-15-2005, 01:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the only true way to know for sure is if you calibrate your monitor. I don't know that there is a steadfast rule that says a monitor will hold true colors for x number of years. I recently had to replace a monitor that I thought was okay by my eye but after calibrating I found out my eye wasn't very accurate.
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Take a look at the control panel for the display (on Windows) and look for the advanced controls to adjust the Gamma. Depending on the video card, you may be pushing the monitor too hard, when adjusting the card output would work better. As a rule of thumb, the contrast on the monitor should be at 100% and the brightness near the middle of the range. Do the fine ajdustments with the Look Up Table (LUT) on the card to get to 2.2 gamma.
On the Mac use the advanced calibration on the monitor system preferences panel. Same basic adjustments if you are using a newer machine set for 2.2 gamma.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We are supposed to switch our monitors??? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]
Dang, if I don't learn something new everyday... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the very useful info. When I bought this computer I did have the video card upgraded knowing we'd be doing a lot of photo editing on here. I'll work on that.

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Old 06-15-2005, 02:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am thinking my problem is maybe more the placement of the monitor. I have it sitting in front of an 8x7 feet sliding glass door. I love the sunshine and love being able to look out as I work. But I think the bright sunshine is screwing with my eyes and making my monitor look darker. You know, kind of like when you go outside and then come in and you can't see. The monitor seems better at night.

Has anybody else had problems like this?

I guess I'll try hanging some heavy curtains on the window and (boo hoo)loose my sunshine. I'll see if that makes a difference.

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You're welcome.

One more thing. Like others have said... Buy, beg, borrow, or steal a monitor calibration device (Spyder, GMB Eye One, etc.) and calibrate your monitor. If you use the GMB Eye One, you can also measure the ambient light the room to get the best viewing conditions. If you want a prayer of getting consistant results on your images and prints, you really need to keep your entire system calibrated. The best results can be had with a combination of a flatbed scanner, GMB color checker card, colorimeter, and calibration software.
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Here's a link to the CDC's web site on how to place and light your workspace.

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