Tips on How to Tune Up your Monitor Properly

| April 11, 2011

Improve your image. Although they seem pricey when compared to the traditional CRT display, they save such a lot of space and can offer you superb color reproduction and resolution. A LCD with its svelte lines is truly beautiful in its sleekness, but as appose to CRTs with its adjustable images, the LCD does not allow for much image tweaking. However, do not make the mistake to think you cannot enhance the settings.

We will explain here how to get the most out of your flat-panel monitor. We will be using a Dell UltraSharp 1905FP 19-inch flat screen monitor and a Displaymate for Windows. The DisplayMate is designed for experts and novices alike and the instructions are extremely easy to follow. It will set up, tune, evaluate, calibrate and test all LCD, CRT, Plasma monitor, HDTV or projector in producing the highest quality image or pictures possible.

Stick to Native Resolution

LCD’s do support other resolutions, but overall image quality can deteriorate when you change it. When you look at your basic controls on a LCD, the brightness control may control the intensity of the backlight, whereas on a CRT it controls the Black level of the monitor. When you see the Grey icons on your screen, it will not indicate something is broken or does not work, only that it will work only in analog mode. It is advised to switch to Windows Classic style, as it will allow you to adjust the setting, which Windows XP will override. If your text and icons are too small, you should use the “use large icons” which you find in the Display properties box. From there you click on “appearance and follow it up with “effects dialog”. Windows will rearrange your icons when changes are made in the “Appearance dialog” box, but when you are done you can arrange it to your liking.

Adjust the Aspect Ratio

The display may look good at nonnative resolution, but you should consider adjusting the aspect ratio. A native resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 has an aspect ratio of 5:4, which will match a height-to-width proportion of the flat-panel screen of the monitor. A popular CRT resolution is 1,024 by 768 pixels and if you change the screen resolution to this, but with an aspect ratio of 4:3, the proportion will be wider than the hight, leaving you with black band at the bottom and the top of the screen. Several flat-panel monitors have a full-screen option, but it often cause grief with applications such as graphics, making image evaluation difficult. A simple solution will be to turn off full-screen option when you do graphics work.

Monitor the Refresh Rate

In the case of a CRT, the refresh rate ranges from 75Hz to 100Hz and flicker problems can be resolved when you increase the rate. Unfortunately, it cannot be done with a LCD as the native rate is about 60Hz and the DisplayMate will show you that a higher rate such as 75Hz reduces the image quality when in analog mode. In addition, some strobing effects as well as image breakup if there is motion. In this case, the higher is better rule as we know it, must be ignored and stick to the native rate.

Author: Andy G


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