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Turning the Windows Desktop completely "Black and White" not just "High Contrast"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mywebsites, Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. mywebsites

    mywebsites Thread Starter

    Apr 4, 2007
    Hi all

    Ill cut to the chase.

    What I am asking is someway of turning the Entire Windows Desktop/Screen "Black and White" not simply High Contrast.

    I am one of those unfortunate ones, like many, that suffer from quite severe migraines from time to time. Couple this with frequent headaches, sometimes daily. This obviously isnt helped by the fact that my hobby and career are both in IT. I have tried every possible solution to alleviate the headaches. Lay off certain foods, make sure to have a balanced diet. Turn off any strong lighting around my computer screen, remove any strong colours from the desktop etc......

    Windows XP / Vista have tried to address this issue with the accessibility wizard, where you can select the High Contrast Options to take any strong colours off the screen. Unfortunately this still doesnt get rid of everything.

    When you make any major changes or "logoff" in XP/Vista, the screen fades to "black and white" for a short period. If you know what I am on about, thats the effect I am after.

    More than likely a black and white layer is laid over the desktop to create this effect, unfortunately you would not be able to access anything underneath.

    I need a fully functional XP machine in complete black and white.

    On old CRT monitors you were able to remove the colour, making the screen B&W, but with alot of LCD screens this function is not available.

    If anyone has any ideas, you would be helping so many people.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    You can get a different monitor or use the monitor's controls to lower the color intensity.
  4. bilyth


    Sep 5, 2007
    hi there,

    sorry, i don't have an answer to your question but your story sounds very similar to mine..i recently discovered high contrast & it's made a huge difference for me. i also noticed significant difference btw high contrast 1 (i think- yellow text on black) vs just high contrast (white on black).

    this is all that seems to work for me:

    -low brightness, low contrast
    -high refresh rate
    -high contrast 1 (i shaded the yellow text a bit lighter than the default brightness)
    -secondary text color i use is green (like links in IE)- i find any red or orange on an lcd appear on a different "plane" ie it sticks out; & gives me headaches.
    -large fonts when i can
    -i use a desklamp shining in front of the screen
    -always wear my glasses when i can

    so far pretty good; maybe this might help a bit..but high contrast has changed my life...
  5. mywebsites

    mywebsites Thread Starter

    Apr 4, 2007
    Its good to hear other peoples recommendations, I have dabbled between the whiter Contrast and the Darker profile.

    I still get headaches quite a bit, but not as many as when I had a normal desktop.

    Thanks again
  6. bilyth


    Sep 5, 2007
    well, i wish you luck- i for one can completely understand how irritating & debilitating it can be...it actually makes me happy to find someone who shares this issue (i felt like i was the only one)...i hope you keep trying & find something that works...i can recall when i finally discovered it was the monitor, when i finally switched from crt to lcd, & when i finally discovered high contrast...it has taken years, but i think i finally found a combination that works.

    what size monitor? i have a suspicion that for me- bigger is worse...i don't know; haven't tried too many different sizes yet.

    anyways- best, best of luck.

  7. mogi


    Nov 1, 2007

    I just wanted to let you know that I have recently installed ATI's drivers on my HP/Compaq laptop and their ATI Catalyst Control Center.

    In there you can turn Saturation to 0 this will give you a black & white screen!

    I have attached an image of ATI Catalyst Control Center (it seems that if I have set saturation to 0 my screen goes B/W but a screen dump is still in color :)

    Best wishes,

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  8. wassja


    Oct 22, 2007
    I believe the ati control centre can only be installed on a computer with an ati videocard. This only solves the problem for ati graphiccard users. Correct me if i`m wrong.
  9. ahpesar


    Mar 24, 2011

    hi i am iranian and my english is bad sorry

    my graphic card is nvidia 9500 gt 1 gig ddr2 and in nvidia control panel go to "adjust desktob color setting" then in menu go to "apply the following enhancements" then change the "digital vibrance" setting to black and white monitor
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