How to calibrate a computer monitor
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The earlier monitors were made from cathode ray tubes, were bulky, massive and very heavy. The first ones even emitted a lot of heat. As the technology advanced the size got reduced and the heat emission was reduced to almost zero. Now days monitors used are either flat screen or the LCDs. These are very energy efficient. Even these energy efficient monitors need to be put on some optimum setting so that their performance level is high. This is called calibration.
- A monitor whose calibration needs to be done. The person who will be doing this should also have a little bit knowledge of the controls of the monitor.
Step one is to turn on the monitor by switching on the main power supply. Then locate the settings control panel of the monitor. This panel most of times is either on one of the sides of the monitor or in the front of the monitor. There are many buttons and controls situated in this panel therefore it can be easily located.
After locating the control panel; locate the brightness and the contrast options of the panel. Adjust the brightness level by increasing or decreasing it using the controls until it reaches a comfortable level. By adjusting the contrast option we can adjust the sharpness that the display screen renders to different characters and edges.
There are also many color calibrating software available in the market. These software help a lot in attaining the optimal levels of brightness and contrast. These also take care of other display settings. One can also find these software on the Internet very easily. Be sure you choose software that takes good care of your needs and requirements.
The monitors are also equipped with diagnostic repair programs that are installed by default. The monitor runs these programs whenever it feels the need of calibration. It is very easy to calibrate monitor using the onboard diagnostic repair system as you simply have to follow the instructions that are displayed on the screen.
There is a graduating gray scale chart which can be carefully analyzed while the power of the monitor is on. The slider buttons or any other type of controls that are provided on the control panel can be utilized to adjust the color levels until all the colors of the bar chart do not reach an optimal level or do not reach their best levels.