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post #1 of 7
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Ok i got an IPS monitor last week and whilst i can say that the screen is stunning, it does have a major flaw.

Dark area's and shadows in game are just too dark.

Playing battlefield 3 online, looking into a dark area is just horrible, it seems to be completely black and im screwed if theres someone hiding there.

I can turn the gamma/brightness up and all is fine, but then the image doesnt look as good, as in, the colours seem more washed out.

Does anybody else have this problem or know how i can fix it? Thanks.
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post #2 of 7
Contrast is low... It is also probably poorly calibrated, try experimenting if you have have an OSD.
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Already tried that. Using things like ebay, google, facebook looks horrible with a higher contrast, some colours go so bright they just fade completely. But i need to make it that bright for it to make any realy difference in games =/
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post #4 of 7
Sounds like you just need to calibrate man, no big deal I doubt. You could probably even make it look better by just using the built in Windows calibration tool. It gives a test image for adjusting contrast and brightness without losing any definition in the light and dark areas. Also, make sure you are always running at your native resolution, and have resolution scaling set to GPU.
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post #5 of 7
Sounds like youre describing crushed blacks. It does sound like you need to spend the time to properly calibrate it, otherwise if that doesn't solve it, its a limitation of the monitor rather than the panel technology.
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Thanks for all the replies guys, ive already tried those though =(

As for contrast, i literally had to take it up to 100 for it to many any differenc,e which of course made other things look horrid, washed out and too dam bright.

It didnt matter how much i calibrated settings through the monitor, windows or nvidia control panel, nothing worked.

I HAVE however just fixed the problem.

Its actually very simple and stupid, i would have tried it sooner but i didnt think it would honestly make any difference.

I was previously running a DVI-VGA Adapter from my gtx760 then using a vga cable to connect to my monitor.

I switched over to HDMI and although the image quality is pretty much the same, blacks arent as strong and i seem to actually have shades now, not just blacks and colours =D

Who would have thought it would of made so much difference, i can now see those enemy snipers hiding in buildings again!
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Thanks for all the replies guys, ive already tried those though =(

As for contrast, i literally had to take it up to 100 for it to many any differenc,e which of course made other things look horrid, washed out and too dam bright.

It didnt matter how much i calibrated settings through the monitor, windows or nvidia control panel, nothing worked.

I HAVE however just fixed the problem.

Its actually very simple and stupid, i would have tried it sooner but i didnt think it would honestly make any difference.

I was previously running a DVI-VGA Adapter from my gtx760 then using a vga cable to connect to my monitor.

I switched over to HDMI and although the image quality is pretty much the same, blacks arent as strong and i seem to actually have shades now, not just blacks and colours =D

Who would have thought it would of made so much difference, i can now see those enemy snipers hiding in buildings again!

Glad you got it sorted, and I'm not sure why I didn't think of that because I just went through the same thing the other day with a TN panel I gave my girlfriend's son...I had always used DVI, great picture. Brought it over there and had to use a DVI-VGA adapter cause I didn't have a spare DVI cable to give him, and the blacks were like you describe, with a reddish tint even.
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