Adjusting contrast on laptop

Dell Inspiron 6400
July 9, 2006 at 15:53:25
Specs: Windows XP, dual core

I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook. Very happy with it, except that the colours look a bit washed out on the display.

Does anyone know if there is any way to adjust the colour contrast on a notebook?

Please keep in mind that I'm not talking about brightness. The brightness is easy to adjust. I want to adjust the depth of the colours in the display. To make the blues, greens and reds darker, without adjusting the brightness.

Make any sense?

On a regular monitor, there would be dials or buttons to adjust this, but there is no such thing on the notebook. I've looked everywhere....


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July 9, 2006 at 17:56:01

Lookup the function keys.

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July 9, 2006 at 19:13:25

Nope, the function keys only control the brightness....not the colour contrast.

Thanks though. Anyone else?

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July 9, 2006 at 20:42:04

Look in Control Panel - Display - Settings - Advanced. Better software drivers will have something you can adjust there, and/or you may be able to adjust Gamma.
If you don't see anything like that there, default Windows drivers included on the Windows CD may be loaded for the video - install drivers from the maker of the video and you will probably then see more to adjust in Advanced. Just make sure you follow the directions for updating your drivers - you may have to un-install existing drivers - you certainly will have to if there is an entry for display drivers in Add/Remove Programs.

And it's usually important to keep the display tilted closer to perpendiclar to your line of sight, or it will tend to look more washed out.

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July 9, 2006 at 21:39:45

I had an HP laptop screen that was washed out after I had installed XP used to have 98se. XP generic drivers didn't help, so I d/l'd Everest, clicked on the vid drivers and updated them...pretty painless, and my adjustments improved greatly.

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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July 20, 2006 at 10:04:31

I don't know much about Everest. Is there anything I need to know before I use it?

Is it pretty simple to use?

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July 20, 2006 at 10:05:36

real simple, give it a shot

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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