Dell 2408WFP Calibration

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  1. scottydawg macrumors 6502

    scottydawg

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    It took me a while to get my new Dell 2408WFP monitor to a moderate point of calibration and I thought I would save some folks time by giving them a starting point on the monitor menus before using the Mac calibration software to complete the process.
    First I would set your brightness at 45 and contrast at 100
    Second I would go to your Preset Modes and set your monitor up in the Custom menu moving all three sliders (R,G,B) to 75.
    It won't be perfect but it will be a lot better then out of the box.
    Next you can go play in the Mac Display menu for calibration.

    Cheers
     
  2. CST macrumors member

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    Do you leave your monitor's contrast set at 100? I did but thought it seemed weird to do. I just set up a Gateway FHD 2400 with my Mac Pro and think it seems a little off even after using Mac's calibrator. I'll probably just redo and see if I can get anything based on what you said.
     
  3. scottydawg thread starter macrumors 6502

    scottydawg

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    My first attempt to set it up I had the monitor set to standard Desktop Mode and after doing the Apple Calibration I found many details on websites were gone unless I reduced the contrast to 85, that would have been OK with me except I noticed everything had a blue tint even with adjustments in color temp. I was really frustrated and spent several hours searching the web before finding someone had used the above solution.
     
  4. obelix macrumors member

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    Calibration the dell 2408 wfp

    Well I just found an article which helped me on calibrating the dell 2408wfp

    Hopefully others will find this useful as well. Check out the link mentioned in the article, there's a tonne on the 2408 settings in there.
     
  5. shutterstation, Apr 9, 2009
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    shutterstation macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I struggled with this for a while also but eventually figured it out and now have a very nicely calibrated monitor. I posted what I did in my blog if you're interested.

    It's too long to write here, but in summary I did:

    1. Lowered the RGB colors to 50.

    2. Selected Gamma: Mac and Color Setting Mode: Graphics.

    3. Lowered Brightness to 50.

    4. Ran the i1Display2 in Advanced mode with the following settings:
    White Point: 6500k
    Gamma: 2.2
    Luminance: 120

    At the end I finished with the following values:

    Increasing Contrast to 100
    Decreasing Brightness to 50
    Increasing Red to 51
    Lowering Green to 47
    Lowering Blue to 49
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    How did it come out?

    I ask, as I performed a calibration on my NEC 2490 recently, (same calibrator and Advanced mode settings), and it looks bright/washed out. The stock settings were better. (I just need to find the time to run it again. Maybe this weekend).

    Anyone have any ideas as to what I did wrong?
     
  7. Alexjungle macrumors member

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    What are your 'Sharpness' settings at?

    Any of you experiencing fuzzy or slightly pixelated text?
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Sharpness is about 47 IIRC. (I'm not at it ATM).

    Text is fine. :)
     
  9. johnnj macrumors 6502a

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    WOW... you guys set your contrast and brightness really high compared to mine.

    My contrast is at 50 and the brightness of my newer one is 7 and the older one is 9 so they match.

    RGB is set via Spyderpro2.

    I think if I set my brightness that high two things would happen:

    1. all of my prints would come out REALLY dark
    2. my eyes would melt out of their sockets Raiders style.

    How are your prints coming out with these settings? Just curious...

    John
     
  10. obelix macrumors member

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    Take a look through this article on colour calibration for your Dell 2408WFP lcd monitor. It has a bunch of small adjustments that just might do the trick and help you calibrate it properly.
     
  11. shutterstation macrumors newbie

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    Works perfectly so far!

    Sorry about the late reply. It's worked perfectly so far. I have been running the calibrator every couple of weeks and it's not really changed (only a couple of points in the red if I remember correctly). Prints look spot on.
     
  12. shutterstation macrumors newbie

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    John, I had the same thing, but if you decrease the R,G, B channels by the same amount to start with it reduces the overall brightness (so your eyes won't melt). I found that calibrating this way produced much better colour accuracy than reducing the brightness so much.
     
  13. johnnj macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting... I'll definitely give that a try this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

    John
     
  14. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I've gotten better results now, but I still need to play around with it. I'm still having to stay with the simpler "Easy" method with the Eye-1's Color Match software.

    Nor have I even attempted to calibrate/match print output. I don't need it, but might be nice to play with some time later. If I ever decide to buy the software. ;) :p
     
  15. mikesjo macrumors regular

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    How do you set the RGB with just the spyderpro 2? Did you set your brightness/contrast and then use the spyderpro 2?

    I tried just calibrating with a spyderpro 2 (i think it's the pro) but the colors were still so saturated compared to my mbp display... I'm using the mbp with the geforce 8600gt.
     

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