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02-Jan-2004, 04:34 AM #1
How to permanently adjust Brightness on Windows Media Player
I've got the newest version of Windows Media Player 9 series on my XP Home edition. The video is very dark, even though my monitor Brightness is set to 100%. I know that when I have media actually playing, I can go to: View/Enhancements/Video Settings/ and set the Brightness to a higher setting, and this works fine. The only problem, is that when that media stops playing, the Brightness setting resets to the default, which is too dark. Besides being a hassle to set the Brightness where I want it every single time I use the Media Player, if I go to a web site that has a built-in Windows Media Player, there is no way for me to adjust that video, which is also always too dark. So I need to know how to adjust the Brightness setting on Windows Media Player so that it won't automatically reset to the default. Any ideas?
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02-Jan-2004, 08:38 AM #2
i had that problem too. unfortunately there is no way to permanently increase the brightness of wmp. but you can try two things:
1: to upgrade your video card driver. see if that helps
2: download this ffdshow codec
http://flow.dl.sourceforge.net/sourc...w-20020617.exe
increse the brightness from the configuration. that will help surely for mpeg files.
let me know
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02-Jan-2004, 12:18 PM #3
Depends what card you have, but try going to Display Properties > Settings, Advanced tab. Most manufacturer's drivers put an overlay control in these settings and they stay put once set.

What video card?
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02-Jan-2004, 06:03 PM #4
I have an Nvidia Riva TNT, and it does have a setting called Gamma, which lightens the display. I get there by right clicking on my desktop/Properties/Settings/Advanced/Color Correction. This affects all the display except the Media Player, so that's not a solution, since my general display is fine; it's just the playback on the Media Player that is too dark.
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03-Jan-2004, 12:46 AM #5
The gamma doesn't affect the DirectX overlay of the media player except generally, as you know.

The RIVA TNT is supported by this driver:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_53.03

as you can see in the release notes:
http://download.nvidia.com/Windows/5...k_53.03.v3.pdf

It appears from the user's guide that DirectX windows may have a separate color adjustment, but with an older card like that one, you may not have that option:
http://download.nvidia.com/Windows/5...nd_Edition.pdf
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