Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > Mac mini

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 24, 2012, 06:13 AM   #1
sc25893
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Setting screen calibration

Hi everyone,

I am having a real sod of a time trying to get my monitor calibrated. It's a samsung syncmaster. I go through the calibration at settings > displays > color but setting the contrast to 100% and the brightness to about 80%, everything looks white, even light greys.

On the apple store, http://store.apple.com/uk in the left navbar, where it says 'For iPad, For iPhone, For Mac', these items should have a slightly grey background, I can see that when I look up at my monitor from about 1ft below it!

However, when looking straight at it, I can see only white. The same on my website, I have a light grey repeating background, appears white!

Now I could just reduce the contrast but then how do I know if I am getting a true picture i.e. what will my grey background look like on another persons monitor?

What kind of settings do other people here use? Any input is very much appreciated.

Thanks.

Sam.
sc25893 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 24, 2012, 04:50 PM   #2
sc25893
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
After reading a bunch of posts about this, I've realised to my complete annoyance that this is an issue with the HD4000 graphics and HDMI on the 2012 mac mini.

Now I'm at the mercy of apple support and can do nothing to fix this, I can't see how this is the case.

I think I will be getting a refund as it only arrived on the 22/11/12. I'm really unimpressed to the highest degree.

Sam.
sc25893 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 24, 2012, 05:46 PM   #3
blanka
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by sc25893 View Post
I can see that when I look up at my monitor from about 1ft below it!
If things alter that much at these angles, you probably have a TN monitor, and calibration is kind of useless with those screens anyway. Go grab a 250$ FullHD IPS DP connectable monitor or better asap.

How do you connect: With DVI, the only thing OSX should do is output sRGB (set your display profile to sRGB), and if I am correct, the calibration options are greyed out (they are for the digital/analog converter to deliver a custom level VGA signal). It is no HD4000 issue. If you use TB-VGA adapter, it is also greyed out, as TBVGA is no real analog out, but a standard digital to sRGB signal level VGA conversion that takes place in the connector without the usual real-VGA port-video-card LUT tweaks.

The solution is at the display side: does it have a sRGB preset? Or can you alter things on the display to have a nice sRGB image?

Better displays like NEC or Eizo color-pro displays have options to tweak very precise on the monitor-side, to allow people to set the computer on the workflow-color-space, instead of bitching with monitor profiles in the OS.
blanka is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 24, 2012, 06:00 PM   #4
sc25893
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Hi,

Thanks for the info but this is an HD4000 issue.

I have the blank screens now and again and also the snowy screens. I did not have this problem (none of these problems and colour was fine too) with my 2011 mac mini, everything ran very nicely. I 'upgraded', if you could call it that.

Read around the forums and plenty of people are having the same problem. I am ringing apple tomorrow and getting a refund if they cannot give me a good reason to keep this.

Sam.
sc25893 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 24, 2012, 06:22 PM   #5
brand
macrumors 68040
 
brand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote:
Originally Posted by sc25893 View Post
Hi everyone,

I am having a real sod of a time trying to get my monitor calibrated. It's a samsung syncmaster. I go through the calibration at settings > displays > color but setting the contrast to 100% and the brightness to about 80%, everything looks white, even light greys.

On the apple store, http://store.apple.com/uk in the left navbar, where it says 'For iPad, For iPhone, For Mac', these items should have a slightly grey background, I can see that when I look up at my monitor from about 1ft below it!

However, when looking straight at it, I can see only white. The same on my website, I have a light grey repeating background, appears white!

Now I could just reduce the contrast but then how do I know if I am getting a true picture i.e. what will my grey background look like on another persons monitor?

What kind of settings do other people here use? Any input is very much appreciated.

Thanks.

Sam.
What calibration meter are you using?
brand is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 05:10 AM   #6
sc25893
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Just using the built in 2012 mac mini advanced calibration.

The first test, the apple never blends to the background even with the slider all the way down!

I never had any of these problems with my 2011 mac mini, there is clearly an issue with the 2012 ones.

Sam.
sc25893 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:24 PM   #7
propower
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
My samsung 2443 looked like crap untill I took the contrast down to 50 or 60%. I know the tool told me to do it at 100% but I had a Apple TB monitor across the room and contrast much lower was way better. I also took many of the left slider callibrations to the darker end of the spectrum. Made a world of difference.
__________________
2011 MBA 11", 1.7GHz i5, Mountain Lion
iphone5, ipad Rmini, Apple TV, 24" LED
Late 2013 27" imac, 3.5GHz i7, 256 SSD, GTX775M 2G
Blackmagic Multidock - PT11HD HD Native TB AVID 16x16
propower is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:27 PM   #8
Woyzeck
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by propower View Post
My samsung 2443 looked like crap untill I took the contrast down to 50 or 60%. I know the tool told me to do it at 100% but I had a Apple TB monitor across the room and contrast much lower was way better. I also took many of the left slider callibrations to the darker end of the spectrum. Made a world of difference.
Do you see the grey box around the login section of gmail.com (login screen) ?
I don't. White over white.
Woyzeck is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:30 PM   #9
propower
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Dont use gmail. FWIW the light dark pattern in finder menus looks fine. I do agree that everything was way more off than it should be but FWIW I did eventually get a perfectly acceptable picture after some work.
__________________
2011 MBA 11", 1.7GHz i5, Mountain Lion
iphone5, ipad Rmini, Apple TV, 24" LED
Late 2013 27" imac, 3.5GHz i7, 256 SSD, GTX775M 2G
Blackmagic Multidock - PT11HD HD Native TB AVID 16x16
propower is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 02:05 PM   #10
brand
macrumors 68040
 
brand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote:
Originally Posted by sc25893 View Post
Just using the built in 2012 mac mini advanced calibration.
That is your problem. You need to be using a calibration meter.
brand is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > Mac mini

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mavericks 10.9.1 affecting screen calibration? Prodo123 Digital Photography 2 Dec 17, 2013 10:47 AM
Screen Calibration? iDominic iOS 7 7 Jul 7, 2013 06:39 PM
LG screen calibration? Jefe's MacAir MacBook Air 2 Jul 7, 2013 06:18 PM
Screen Calibration on New iMac Kirkle iMac 0 Dec 22, 2012 06:56 PM
rmbp screen calibration gbit MacBook Pro 6 Oct 13, 2012 04:07 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC