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Help! LCD Flat panel monitor is dimmer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by shawntay, Jul 20, 2006.

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  1. shawntay

    shawntay Thread Starter

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    Hi...

    I was on the computer last night when my power flicked. It shut my computer off. So I turned it back on...and ever since then, (which was last night) the colors on my monitor have been different. I believe the colors are dimmer. :confused:

    For example, when you search something on Google...that horizontal bar that runs across the screen that displays the number of results your search contains...well that bar is nearly pink/purple!

    Any ways I can maybe fix this?

    I have an LCD Flat panel monitor. It's a Northgate computer if that helps anything.

    Thanks!
    Shawn
     
  2. unbidden

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    Just a few thoughts to try one at a time:

    System Restore.

    Go to the Device Manager and 'Remove' the current monitor - then reboot the pc.

    Uninstall - reinstall your graphics card drivers.
     
  3. Rollin' Rog

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    Have you adjusted the brighness/contrast settings for the monitor?

    Most newer monitors have default resets and self-adjust controls as well.

    There is also a "gamma" setting available through your Display card settings that can affect this.
     
  4. shawntay

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    What should the brightness/contrast settings be?
     
  5. shawntay

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    Ok, I tried the Device Manager and uninstalled my monitor and rebooted.

    I'm not sure if it worked though...it didn't seem like it even uninstalled. I still saw the monitor and i didn't have to do anything after i restarted my computer. is that normal?

    Anyways...that didn't work.

    I still don't know how to fix this problem.

    Thanks,
    Shawn
     
  6. Rollin' Rog

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    What is the brand and model number of the LCD monitor?

    You can usually find the right adjustment buttons just by experimentation, but we can look for a manual if you don't have one.

    Also the monitor's inf/driver file should be installed.

    When you remove a monitor from the Device Manager Windows should redetect it on reboot and tell you it has found new hardware and install default drivers for it automatically.

    If you want the vendor's drivers, you have to install those manually.
     
  7. shawntay

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    I believe the brand is Northgate Innovations. and this booklet i found about the monitor has a number on the back that reads: MAU-EZ15G-1A0A

    Inside the manual it says if the display on the monitor is too dark or bright, it says Check to see if the video output level of the computer is within the spec.

    I'm not sure exactly what that means.

    Thanks,
    Shawn
     
  8. Rollin' Rog

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    Does this monitor not have any adjustment controls -- and the manual a pictorial on their usage?

    As for the display card -- go to Display settings in the Control Panel (or right click on the desktop and select "properties".

    Then select the "advanced" menu. Is there a "color" or other tab there with adjustments for brightness, contrast, and gamma?
     
  9. shawntay

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    Yes, it has adjustment controls if you're referring to the brightness/contrast settings that you can change on the side of the monitor. The brightness is at 100 while the contrast is at 51. Normal?

    Oh wait..I found this one thing in the Advanced tab...i think this is the answer to it!!

    Its the S3 Gamma Plus tab...it has these 3 balls for the Gamma, Brightness, and Contrast.
    I can move around with my mouse and it gets darker/brighter as I move it in different directions. I'm not sure what the 'exact' numbers should be though. Gamma is set at 1.11 right now, brightness: 1.00 and contrast: 1.00
     
  10. shawntay

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    I clicked Default to hopefully make it how it would normally should be..which put them all at 1.00 but i'm pretty sure that isn't right. it's still too dark i believe. i can't find the right adjustment.

    is there a certain adjustment it should be?
     
  11. Rollin' Rog

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    If the monitor is too dim at a brightness setting of 100, then it is failing.

    You can compensate for this somewhat by using the advanced display setting controls for brightness and gamma, but this will be a temporary workaround at best.

    Too much brightness however will give a washed out effect. So will too much gamma. You need to balance the brightness, contrast, and gamma for best results. It's often a matter of taste and environmental conditions as well.
     
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