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Dark areas on my other computer monitor look "blendy" with a grey tint

I really don't know how to describe this. I started noticing weird gray coloration in dark areas when playing games. I am forced to turn down the gamma, because it is so awfully ugly on default. And when I turned to gamma down to the point where it wasn't noticeable anymore, it got too dark to see anything else. I was forced to switch my monitor because it was so bad.. I went back to my old monitor and I noticed significant improvement in the quality of dark areas. The monitor I am using now looks perfect even at default gamma. The other monitor used to look so much better, but since this problem showed up, I just can't be bothered to use it.. I don't know what could of caused this, but I hope someone can help me figure it out. Another way to describe it: there is grey "blending" in any dark area, as if the "black got burnt into greyness". Or another way to describe would be:as if someone put gray paint in a few spots where it's dark. This is a huge problem when I play any kind of game because it's just so distracting. If anyone else has actually had this problem, please let me know.
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  1. backlight bleeding perhaps? how old is the monitor?
    with crt, not sure with lcd nowadays, when a magnet is near the monitor (like an unshielded speaker), discoloration will happen
  2. Cons29 said:
    backlight bleeding perhaps? how old is the monitor?
    with crt, not sure with lcd nowadays, when a magnet is near the monitor (like an unshielded speaker), discoloration will happen


    Bleeding sounds just what I am talking about too! The monitor is an LCD which is about 4 years old, the one I am forced to use now is 5 years old.
  3. I may try to get some pictures uploaded to give you guys an idea of what I am typing about.
  4. Pictures would be good, as would the model of the monitor you're trying to use.
  5. DarkSable said:
    Pictures would be good, as would the model of the monitor you're trying to use.


    I've got a few pictures, I just gotta take the rest and find somewhere to upload them so I can place a link.
  6. Here are some pics from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with both of my monitors for comparison

    http://s1296.photobucket.com/user/Christopher_Drew_Belk/library/?sort=6&page=1
  7. Just cycle through the photos above and compare them. I gave them titles so you can tell which is which. The grayness is less noticeable in the photos but a lot worse in reality.
  8. Hmm... that is interesting, especially that it's showing as splotches.

    You said you adjusted the gamma - try reducing it to the point where that's fixed, and increasing both brightness and sharpness.
  9. DarkSable said:
    Hmm... that is interesting, especially that it's showing as splotches.

    You said you adjusted the gamma - try reducing it to the point where that's fixed, and increasing both brightness and sharpness.


    The monitors sadly do not have a brightness per say. It's actually just backlighting, contrast, and gamma on both monitors. No sharpness setting either :(
  10. Oh dear... that means there's really not much was of adjusting for that.

    When did this problem start happening?
  11. DarkSable said:
    Hmm... that is interesting, especially that it's showing as splotches.

    You said you adjusted the gamma - try reducing it to the point where that's fixed, and increasing both brightness and sharpness.


    Okay I have adjusted the brightness in CCC (Catalyst Control Center), but to no avail. AS I increase the brightness, the grayness returns.
  12. DarkSable said:
    Oh dear... that means there's really not much was of adjusting for that.

    When did this problem start happening?


    I think I started noticing it a few weeks ago. The photos I uploaded don't show the worst of it. I was watching a video of Assasin's Creed 3 at the beginning where Desmond is in the cave, and in the dark areas, there was no black, just gray. Or maybe a different Assasin's Creed. idk
  13. Oh, I almost forgot.. The monitor models.. The good monitor is from emachines (it came with this desktop bundle I got a few years ago) the model number is E19T6W, and the gateway monitor (the bad one) is model number LP1925
  14. i dont think you can do anything about bleeding
  15. Cons29 said:
    i dont think you can do anything about bleeding


    Well, is there any way to prevent it from happening?
  16. Best answer
    There isn't - if it's a defect in the monitor, there's nothing you can do. If there's a computer place near you that examines parts, though, you could probably bring it in for no more than $10 to have them look at it without repairing it and see if it's from a part they could replace inside the monitor.
  17. DarkSable said:
    There isn't - if it's a defect in the monitor, there's nothing you can do. If there's a computer place near you that examines parts, though, you could probably bring it in for no more than $10 to have them look at it without repairing it and see if it's from a part they could replace inside the monitor.


    I guess I can take it down the street to the computer shop and see what they can do about it. Thank you for the help.
  18. Of course; I'm sorry we couldn't do more than we could.
  19. DarkSable said:
    Of course; I'm sorry we couldn't do more than we could.


    Hey, I just remembered something.. The bad monitor has this theme mode button, and when you press it toggles some picture presets under names like: Movie, game, web, or picture. I used these presets before, and the presets have very extreme gamma, contrast, and sharpness qualities to them. I believe that excessive use of these modes may of caused the problem with the grays.
  20. Huh. I wouldn't think that that would cause that, but if it had been used over a long period of time and didn't have quite enough control over what it was doing...
  21. DarkSable said:
    Huh. I wouldn't think that that would cause that, but if it had been used over a long period of time and didn't have quite enough control over what it was doing...


    I guess I will have to check with that tech shop. And now the monitor is the least of my worries. I bought a new cpu online and I received it today with a lot of bent pins. This has got to be one of my worst weeks ever :/ . Thanks again for the help. I'll see you around.
  22. Wait, it showed up with bent pins? That's not good. :/

    Either return it or attempt to fix them, but it won't be easy.
  23. DarkSable said:
    Wait, it showed up with bent pins? That's not good. :/

    Either return it or attempt to fix them, but it won't be easy.


    Yeah, you can imagine how furious I was. I'm going to try that credit card trick, if that doesn't show any results, I am just going to return it.
  24. Jeeze, that's pretty awful. I'm presuming it was bought used off of ebay or something?
  25. DarkSable said:
    Jeeze, that's pretty awful. I'm presuming it was bought used off of ebay or something?


    I bought it new from Newegg. :(
  26. And it came with bent pins!?

    Even if it was a refurb, that is absolutely inexcusable. Even if you end up fixing it, I would talk to them about it.

    (And make sure you get pictures of the bent pins.)
  27. DarkSable said:
    And it came with bent pins!?

    Even if it was a refurb, that is absolutely inexcusable. Even if you end up fixing it, I would talk to them about it.

    (And make sure you get pictures of the bent pins.)


    I just now managed to straighten all of the pins, but that's when I noticed something; a pin was missing! I know for sure that I didn't remove any pins.
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