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I'm having some difficulty reading normal sized text at 1440x900 res. It seems to have a blurry/fuzzy brightness around it no matter what I have my brightness/contrast settings on.
What tests can I do/ measures I can take to figure out the issue?

EDIT: Title change.
Edited by frickfrock999 - 12/9/11 at 10:26pm
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post

I want to make sure my monitor is lighting properly and as it should.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by lighting so I'll post a couple of answers and hope that one of them is right.

If your interested in adjusting the colors/white balance etc. so that your monitor displays colors like it should you can opt to do an adjustment test that most operating systems have but this is dependent on your calibration skills. The preferred option is to use hardware that has a light sensor and is coupled with software to do the adjustment automatically. An example of such is the Spyder 2 Pro. Monitor calibration is useful for photographers/web designers/anything where accurate representation of colors is important.

If your talking about the LCD back light and want to check if its getting dimmer then you should check out the VESA Brightness Uniformity Test screen found in the DisplayMate test suite. Basically it displays a number of screens that make it easy to spot if your back-light/inverter is giving out.

If your talking about dead/stuck pixel tests then there are lots of applications that are free on the net that can test for this using a number of screens. Basically all the monitor has to do to pass this test is to display red, green, blue, white and black. If all the pixels can display these colors then your monitor passes. Google is your friend if you want to find out why it is only these colors that need to be tested.
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Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post

I'm not quite sure what you mean by lighting so I'll post a couple of answers and hope that one of them is right.
If your interested in adjusting the colors/white balance etc. so that your monitor displays colors like it should you can opt to do an adjustment test that most operating systems have but this is dependent on your calibration skills. The preferred option is to use hardware that has a light sensor and is coupled with software to do the adjustment automatically. An example of such is the Spyder 2 Pro. Monitor calibration is useful for photographers/web designers/anything where accurate representation of colors is important.
If your talking about the LCD back light and want to check if its getting dimmer then you should check out the VESA Brightness Uniformity Test screen found in the DisplayMate test suite. Basically it displays a number of screens that make it easy to spot if your back-light/inverter is giving out.
If your talking about dead/stuck pixel tests then there are lots of applications that are free on the net that can test for this using a number of screens. Basically all the monitor has to do to pass this test is to display red, green, blue, white and black. If all the pixels can display these colors then your monitor passes. Google is your friend if you want to find out why it is only these colors that need to be tested.

Well, the reason I ask about lighting is that I'm having a bit of difficulty reading text on screen. It seems a bit blurry/bright around the text itself. And yes, I did get an eye exam. tongue.gif
I also conducted dead pixel test and it came up with nothing.

Just checked DisplayMate, HOLY COW $90 bucks for a test suite?! I could just get a new monitor for that money.
Edited by frickfrock999 - 12/9/11 at 10:26pm
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Test the colors with a pixel tester. Put your browser in full screen and view these colors, hide your task bar and examine for anomalies at different angles
http://jasonfarrell.com/misc/deadpixeltest.php

Then test the backlight bleed by putting a solid black background
http://www.berndporr.me.uk/subtitles/black.png

full screen then repeat.

Examine all the corners where the bezel meets the screen at many different angles. Do this all in the dark, and in the light. you will be surprised with the things you find if look at the correct angles.
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here is something i found on a new monitor that i rmaed.
Edited by invena - 12/10/11 at 7:34pm
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Are you using a VGA cable? Try replacing it.
    
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Check in Windows Screen and Resolution, is the refresh rate set correctly?

 

And have tried to adjust "clear text"?


Edited by Ken1649 - 12/9/11 at 11:35pm
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post #7 of 25
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Tried all of the above and it's still coming across weird and fuzzy.

Invena, regarding those backlight tests, what am I supposed to be looking for exactly? I'm a bit new to all this.
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1) Which monitor is this?

2) Which connector are you using?

3) Are you running a native resolution?

4) What settings are you running on windows cleartype?


These come to mind first. Let's examine the issue a bit more in a moment.
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If you just changed graphics card/drivers/cable then try using the auto-adjustment feature on the screen. For the most part this would be the cause of a blurry image if you've already tried the above and your monitor is in working condition.
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Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post

If you just changed graphics card/drivers/cable then try using the auto-adjustment feature on the screen. For the most part this would be the cause of a blurry image if you've already tried the above and your monitor is in working condition.

This applies if he is using the VGA connection. Not so on DVI, HDMI, or DP, etc.
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