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Windows 7: Windows 7 color calibration vs. Intel adjustments

12 Jan 2013   #1

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Windows 7 color calibration vs. Intel adjustments


Recently I got a new computer with Windows 7. Previous to that I was using Windows Me. Yes, quite a 'warp jump', so to speak, but truth be told the WinMe never gave me any problems like I read about in numerous forums and articles throughout the years. The previous computer was an HP Pavilion and from the time it was bought in 2001 up to last October it makes for a total of around 12 years where the only repair done was changing the ROM drive due to it going so fast it broke up a WordPerfect installation disc. Overall I can say I was lucky and am thankful. Anyway, so much for my PC history.

So, being a Windows 7 newbie I hope to use this forum - in an economical manner - to avail myself of the wisdom of others.

My first question I think is an easy one. It has to do with using the Windows 7 color calibration versus adjustments made to the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver. The reason for this is because I've gotten feedback from others re image brightness on a website, or putting it another way and one no doubt most of you are familiar with: "Why doesn't it look the same on other monitors?" A question that of course will be a perennial one for newer generations in the PC paradigm.

The IGMAC seems to make things pretty easy. Slide the adjustments to whatever you want and call it a day. But there is also the Color Management feature in Windows 7 and a very good tutorial provided by one of the members here by the name of "Brink". With Brink's approach there are a few clicks and selections for said correction. But I keep wondering about the ease of the slider. In another forum this question was also asked and one of the members warned to leave the IGMAC alone. He also repeated in other replies leaving me with the impression that it had the same warning as don't touch the yellow snow.

Now, I did try the color calibration first but the problem there is that it returns to default when I open up GIMP and also on restart, i.e., the new settings don't stick.

So, any suggestions would be helpful. And if it's the case that the IGMAC sliders are appropriate, not to worry, I still won't touch the yellow snow.

Lastly, to give you an idea of the situation, I made the following test page to get feedback from some friends and acquaintances. While the 'Original' looks normal to most, for me '03' and possibly a slight push into '04' look better than the very dark look of the original.

Cross-Monitor Image Test



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