Crushed Blacks Macbook Pro Retina. Anyway to increase Brightness? (Not backlight)

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  1. Rbk23 macrumors regular

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    In the below test pattern, anything under 7% is indistinguishable meaning my display is crushing the blacks. I first notice this while watching Netflix on my new Macbook. I went through the Calibration, and there is no option to increase brightness.

    Why % are you guys able to see on your displays?







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    edit- It won't let me hotlink. It is the 6th test image at this link

    http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/all_tests.php
     
  2. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I discovered that changing the Gamma from 2.2 to 1.8 fixed the crushed blacks issue. I can now distinguish up to 2% black.

    My question is, will this be messing up anything else. Is there any negatives to changing Gamma to 1.8 if it is properly setting my brightness levels?
     
  3. Good User macrumors member

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    I have your problem too, I changed gamma to 1.8 and it this test the result is not good: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/gradient.php

    By the way, What do you mean by 2% black?

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    Apparently this is a problem of most retina MacBooks.
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=89884.0
     
  4. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The numbers on the scale mean the % above black.

    I used Supercal to calibrate and it solved this issue. Blacks are now perfect.
     
  5. Good User macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply, but I don't have a credit card, Is it free?:D
     
  6. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    From their website.
     
  7. N3ILA macrumors member

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    Since you don't have a credit card (neither do I) you can always purchase a prepaid card, it's what I do. Also Supercal is what I used before moving onto an i1Display Pro.

    I highly recommend Supercal and since it's shareware you can try it for free.

    SuperCal by bergdesign :)
     
  8. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    SUpercal will let you calibrate your brightness for free. You just need to buy the licence to be able to do all the colour tweaking and stuff.
     
  9. Good User macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply, Supercal makes the blacks perfect but in gradient test discrete bands appear for me(http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/gradient.php) so I couldn't get an ideal profile. Is your created profile good at gradient test?
     
  10. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's not as smooth as the default profile, but it's not terrible.
    What exactly does that show?
     
  11. Good User macrumors member

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    WARNING! DO NOT USE SUPERCAL(It damages your system)

    This software does not simply make a profile for you, It changes something else in your laptop and you won't be able to undo the new settings, In gradient test my retina macbook pro showed a smooth gradient
    BUT now I can't make it like it used to be even after deleting the created profile by supercal and changing the profile to color lcd, even I closed all the apps and restarted my system BUT IT WON'T CORRECT THE DAMAGE.
     
  12. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Are you sure? I don't think it touches or has anything to do with Color LCD.
    All it does is create a new profile.
     
  13. Good User macrumors member

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    I have a plan to clean install os x next month, I wish the settings return to factory defaults at least, I am sure this software has changed something that is apparent in the gradient test, These fool developers only think about their own money and they didn't even put a single warning on their website, I am now in another trouble, I should fix this then go and fix the retina macbook pro problem.
     
  14. Good User macrumors member

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    Sorry I was wrong(I didn't do before and after tests in same brightness levels), SuperCal just creates a colour profile and nothing else. It's safe to use it.
     
  15. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    I use Spyder Elite 4 to color calibrate my rMBP screen and my ATD screen. The Color Munki products also work well.
     

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