View Full Version : Gloomy Monitor

21-02-2005, 10:56 PM
If you have an older monitor this is quite common. The screen in older dos games can be so dark, it's sometimes unplayable. Gamma correction utilities in win don't help. As soon as you switch to dos task, it becomes obvious that the win apps have no control of it. I have found this little program that may be of some help, but not allways. It is usefull only with games that use low resolutions and 256 colors, and even then, it doesn't allways work.
If someone had/has a similar problem, and possibly solved it(without buying a new monitor), please reply!

22-02-2005, 11:55 AM
I am running dos games on an old computer.I recently changed the monitor, but before that, i had my old monitor, which was made in the 80s i think NEVER had any problems with it...

22-02-2005, 06:09 PM
Well, I'm not saying that it will allways happen, but with time the tube's characteritics slowly degrade. This is usually represented through blurry colors or darker image. On some monitors/TV's this effect will be more noticable. Some monitors are darker by default, when producted(older Compaq monitors are a good example, I think). I'm not making this up. I've been browsing the net for quite some time now, trying to find some solution, and I've noticed that a number of people is having the same problem. Well, you are quite lucky for not having this kind of trouble. It can be very frustrating(especially if you like to play dos/older games from time to time)!

23-02-2005, 07:09 AM
And i'm not saying you are.Thanks for the info, someone may have needed it :cheers:

07-03-2005, 11:15 PM
My monitor is too dark. I have to manually crank up the gamma in Windows, but of course I get no enhanced brightness within games unless they have a gamma brightness slider built into the options (which DOS games don't have, natch, but even most modern games are lacking here). I know I just need a better monitor, but I can't afford one right now (it isn't old, just rubbish). Very frustrating.

08-03-2005, 02:55 AM
aren't there any brightness and contrast controls on your monitors? Crank them up if there are

08-03-2005, 04:34 AM
Have you thought of buying a second hand one from Ebay? I bought an excellent Compac monitor this way. Usually the sellers are e-businesses and they give a one - three months warranty. The postage was about twelve dollars. I paid about fifty dollars -all up- for a nearly new 17 in monitor in perfect condition.

08-03-2005, 01:19 PM
Nec Multisync E500 I have. You can set the brightness as high as you want, even so high that you only see a white screen... :D

08-03-2005, 10:17 PM
Dont buy a new monitor before you try this!
It's excellent. You can create hotkeys for brightness, gamma or enything else that is windows/color related, so you can correct your screen while in games/programs, without going in menus! Furthermore, if your monitor has a dominant color, no problem.
Even if your monitor is fine, I still recomend that you download this great utility. I found that most games have different gamma settings, so you can do your own presets for each game.