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Recommend a Good Monitor Calibration Program


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Jaekus

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My issue is that my new monitor comes with MagicTune. However, my video card appears to be incompatible with the software (ATi 5770).

I would really love to calibrate my new monitor correctly, but I can't without the software.

Could someone please recommend a third party program for this purpose?

Thanks :)



PS: I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, so apologies if it isn't.
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I don't know of any program that works well. Some will match your printer to the monitor - but that does not mean it is still right. I generally find a photo of people and adjust the settings until flesh tones look right.
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You can try Nokia display test application
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Hmm, so in essence I should just play around with it until it "looks" right?
Should I print a photo already on my PC, or will any pic do?
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You can try Nokia display test application

I tried the program but it's incompatible with my OS as it won't work on a 64 bit system. Thanks though.
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Should I print a photo already on my PC, or will any pic do?

Well, there's the rub. How do you know the photo is correct? Is the blue from your printer the same blue on your monitor the same blue in the picture the same blue of the sky?

Take a picture of something or someone. If that looks "real" then proceed.

I guess I need to back up a bit. Why is this important to you? I ask because for some professionals using their computers for design work of some sort, exact colors is critical. But if you are just using your computer for "normal stuff" - searching the net, organizing your digital photos, watching an occasional DVD, then your goal is to make it "look right" to you.

There are programs for calibrating bigscreen TVs, like Video Essentials - but often you get it calibrated to specs, and it just does not look right, until I tweak it a little my way.
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With my old monitor and rig I had an Nvidia calibration tool that made it look better, to me anyway.
I'm just wanting the best result I can. I'm really only using my computer for gaming, net etc. I guess I was under the impression software would get me optimum viewing pleasure from it.

I'll just fiddle around and see what looks best.

Thanks for taking the time to reply, you've given me a bit of confidence in finding what looks best.
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I think most new monitors do a pretty good job of auto-adjusting.
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True, but auto adjust only works for VGA in this instance. I guess it'll be something for me to learn how to do manually over time. At the moment it looks pretty good but I'm sure I could improve it a little.
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Do you "calibrate" your TV? That would make more sense to me than a computer monitor - but that's me.
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To be honest I rarely watch tv.
This is the first decent monitor I've bought so perhaps I'm taking it all a bit too seriously.
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so perhaps I'm taking it all a bit too seriously.

I don't see any harm in taking it seriously - unless you make your living out of precise color matching.
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I've spent a few hours trying a few different programs, the best for me was an online calibration page. I feel my monitor is looking close to the best it will, which is pretty good!

Link is here if anyone is interested.


*EDIT*

In doing it myself I also learned where my monitor doesn't perform as well as others (mainly due to it being a TN panel).

Edited by Jaekus, 28 April 2010 - 11:22 AM.

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