Improved Video Quality Needed (Not Gaming)

March 26, 2013 at 09:35:30
Specs: Windows 7, SP1, 64 Bit, Quad Core 945 Phenom XII 3GHz / 8 GB RAM
I have an AMD Phenom II Quad Core w/ 8 GB RAM (24 GB Effective RAM). I have a used Radeon HD 5570 video card with 1 GB Video RAM. My Monitor is a HANNS-G running maxed at 1600x900@60Hz.

The problem: the screen looks "grainy". The solution is what? Video card upgrade? To what? I'm on a very tight, fixed budget.

All help is greatly appreciated.

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March 26, 2013 at 09:43:43
What is the model of your monitor? You are running a TV resolution. Most computer monitors are 16:10. You are running 16:9. Is that the native resolution?

I doubt the graphic card/chip is your problem.

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March 26, 2013 at 09:56:07
Yes, it is the native resolution. And the spec sheet for that model does show the aspect ratio as 16:9. Its Hanns-G model HZ201. If not the graphic card / chip, then what can I improve to get rid of the graininess?

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March 26, 2013 at 10:48:51
Test the image quality of your monitor with laptop or another tower or use onboard video if u have one.
Also u can try to reinstall video driver, the new driver can be found from AMD website.

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March 26, 2013 at 10:57:15
What input port on the monitor are you using?

Are you using any adapters in the cabling?

What is grainy? Everything, or just text?

If just text then go to Control Panel> Display, and adjust the clear type settings.

Possible causes if that doesn't help are a bad data cable or adapter or defective monitor.

Try re-seating both ends of the cable and be sure to use the thumb screws to hold the cable tight.

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March 26, 2013 at 11:45:58
#4: I'm using the HDMI port. There is just the one data cable, no adaptors, both ends screwed in tight.

I've adjusted the clear type settings, brightness and contrast. Still has a "grainy" overview to it. Not sure how else to describe it. Sort of like when a CRT monitor needs to have its picture "sharpened", or removing the "soft focus" effect of a jpg image in a photo editor. Best descriptions I can come up with.

Using the driver that came with the monitor; and the latest AMD ATI driver from their website (13-1_Win 7 x64_etc).

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March 26, 2013 at 11:55:43
"8 GB RAM (24 GB Effective RAM)"

No, you have 8GB RAM, there is no "effective".

"I'm using the HDMI port. There is just the one data cable, no adaptors, both ends screwed in tight"

HDMI cables don't screw in, they plug in.

"and the latest AMD ATI driver"

Did you run thru the calibration settings in the AMD Vision Control Center?

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March 26, 2013 at 12:42:16
Sorry, that's DVI Cable, which is screwed in tight. Should I try the VGA cable instead?

Yes, I've run through the Vision Control Center Calibration routines for both the monitor and the desktop, and its as sharp as I can make it. Adjusted brightness, contrast, and gamma as well.

Physical RAM (8 GB) + ReadyBoost 'Configured RAM' (16 GB) = 24 GB Effective RAM. And please, don't tell me that ReadyBoost doesn't work, as I've seen the objective results on my computer (Administrative Tools | Performance Monitor, add ReadyBoost Cache).

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March 27, 2013 at 09:35:20
"Should I try the VGA cable instead?"

No, you should either be using HDMI or DVI, no adapters.

"I've run through the Vision Control Center Calibration routines for both the monitor and the desktop"

Did you do this?

"please, don't tell me that ReadyBoost doesn't work"

I didn't say it doesn't work, I said you only have 8GB RAM. However, ReadyBoost "isn’t a silver bullet that will make your computer faster, although it may be useful in some limited circumstances"

"ReadyBoost only helps if your computer doesn’t have enough RAM. If you have more than enough RAM, ReadyBoost won’t really help."

"In summary, ReadyBoost probably won’t improve your computer’s performance much. If you have a very small amount of RAM (512 MB or so) and a very fast USB drive, you may see some increase in performance – but it isn’t even guaranteed in this situation."

You shouldn't be saying you have 24GB of RAM (effective or not) when you only have 8GB. Try installing 24GB of actual RAM & tell me if 8GB +16GB flash/ReadyBoost performs the same.

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March 27, 2013 at 10:16:55
Thank you for your response. I'm using the DVI cable, no adaptors, screwed in tight on both ends.

Calibration: AMD has its own calibration software that comes with the driver. I did that first for the monitor and the desktop, and then ran through the Display Color Calibration in Windows.

As far as the RAM is concerned, my motherboard is limited to 16 GB RAM (4 x 4 GB), and as I didn't want to throw out the 8 GB I had, adding a 16 GB flash drive made the most practical and economic sense.

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March 27, 2013 at 12:48:05
Try the monitor on another computer as kuwese suggested. There is a user manual on the CD you have. Look to see if there are any user adjustments on the monitor itself.

What are you viewing when you say the picture is grainy? The monitor can only reproduce what is being sent to it.

If you have low resolution photos, for instance, they are not going to look great on a 20" screen.

Did you just buy this monitor? Did it previously display a better picture?

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March 27, 2013 at 13:25:56
Thank you for responding. First, I don't have another computer to test the monitor out on, and my laptop doesn't have the requisite graphics to drive the monitor at anywhere near its native resolution. There is no onboard video. I've also done all the (limited) adjusting there is to do on the monitor.

Secondly, since turning off Antialiasing and GPU scaling as bystander suggested, there has been a noticeable improvement in video quality / graphics output.

The graininess was most noticeable on text and window backgrounds. My photos and wallpaper (also my photos) were never much of an issue; their quality is high resolution. The monitor is about three years old, and either my eyes have gotten worse (possible) or the monitor has degraded some over time (?), or both.

I did look at possible monitor upgrades, but frankly can't afford those, and given my PCI Express slot is 2.0, not sure that a video card that I could afford would do me much better than what I have. Radeon 6450 and GT 210, 430, 520, 530, 610, & 630 are the possibilities I can afford over the Radeon 5570 currently installed.

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March 28, 2013 at 23:29:42
I think you must use a graphic card GeForce 8800GTX,my CPU AMD Athlon 64x2 6400 + which can give you a better solution for that .you can capture a good quality video from this.

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April 3, 2013 at 04:41:52
Seems the best answer is from another site - turn off anti-aliasing and GPU scaling. This gives the sharpest view, although it could stand improvement.

I did try the Radeon HD 6670 card, and it made things worse! Any suggestions for an inexpensive monitor that might improve things would be appreciated.

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April 3, 2013 at 06:22:41
Two things come to mind. First is that the latest ATI driver is not necessarily the CORRECT driver. The latest drivers are tweaked for the latest cards. Go to the link below and download the driver package indicated. You should also read how to remove and ATI software currently installed.

Second point. I mentioned you are using a 16:9 monitor. Double check the native resolution and verify you are actually running it.

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April 3, 2013 at 07:58:52
The driver your link takes me to is the latest (not beta), and is the one I've been using since it first came out a couple of months ago.

Unless I'm missing something, I am running native resolution which shows up in "screen resolution" as the "recommended" resolution of 1600x900@60 Hz; anti-aliasing and GPU scaling both turned "off".

Anything else to try?

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April 3, 2013 at 08:20:46
The best thing to do is to try the monitor on another computer. Don't you have a friend that you can turn to for test purposes? This will tell you if the issue is the monitor.

Also, borrow another monitor to see if it displays OK. This will tell you if the issue is the graphics, drivers, settings, etc. or the monitor. Sometimes the only way to troubleshoot is to swap parts.

One other thing to cover. Are you sure the source files you are viewing are not poor quality? For example, jpg files in low resolution.

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April 3, 2013 at 09:13:31
As far as the quality of what's being displayed, all the source photos that I'm showing are minimally of "good" quality resolution, and many are in the "excellent" range of quality. For that matter, even the taskbar icons are reasonably sharp. The worst looking things are the background of windows and the printed text within windows. These show up the graininess to the greatest degree.

Of the few friends that I could ask to 'borrow their computers', only 1 has a desktop, every one else has laptops. I'm also disabled, so I'm dependent on people bringing stuff to me, which is a big ask of people. Nonetheless, I'm trying to arrange with my desktop friend to borrow his (spare) monitor (assuming he has one).

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April 3, 2013 at 12:14:14
Go to Control Panel> Performance Information and Tools> Advanced tools.

Many settings there that can be enabled/disabled.

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