Late MBP, Vista, colors washed

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  1. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Hi,
    I'm running Vista on my new MBP and I have the impression that the colors look a bit washed in the games.

    They have less contrast that om my previous Vaio laptop.

    Any ideas ?

    thanks,
    Tex
     
  2. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I add here some screenshots of Bioshock, I think that even on the screenshots it looks washed :confused:
     

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  3. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nobody else thinks taht the colors looks like sh*** in games ? I'm a bit disappointed cos the "glassy" screen was supposed to have gorgious colors. It looks like it is a mirror with washed colors :mad:
     
  4. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

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    No, you're right, the colors do look bad in games. Luckily I'm playing Fallout 3, where they're supposed to look desolate. :D

    But I think there must be some way to fix this. Easiest way to tell something is wrong in Vista is to load the Leopard "nebula" wallpaper. It looks horribly blue and faded in Vista, but beautiful in Leopard. If we could get OS X colors to Vista, everything would be dandy, but I don't know how. Simply installing the color profile from OS X didn't work.
     
  5. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This was going to be my question if the calibration from OSX works in Vista but I got the answer.

    I tried to put more contrast in the nvidia settings but it doesn't really help :(
     
  6. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

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    Good news, I figured out how to get color profiles to work in vista... kind of. First, get your Mac color profile, throw it on a flash drive, and put it on your Windows partition.

    Then, double click the profile (.icc file) to install it. Next, you can go into the Color Management settings on Vista to set it as the default profile for your monitor. But that won't do anything.

    Now, download this little app: http://www.xrite.com/product_overview.aspx?ID=757&Action=support&SoftwareID=539. You can use it to force the color profile to be adopted. I haven't figured out how to make it be adopted by default.

    You'll notice, though, that Vista looks really terrible using a Mac profile. The color temperatures of the two platforms are just completely different I guess. I'm going to experiment with making a mac profile with a cool color temperature and using that one in vista.

    If you wouldn't mind, run Bioshock using that procedure and let me know how it looks. I'm curious to see if games will look horrible under a mac color profile, or if they'll look better. Again, I only have Fallout installed right now, which is a really bad way to estimate color.
     
  7. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ok cool, thanks.

    I'll try today and post the result.
     
  8. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well as soon as I launch the program and switch to another color profile, it crashes :( "Unknown Error 5012"

    Edit: I've just realized that Vista has a ICC color profile management application in Control Panel - Color Management but when I load my OSX profile nothing changes,
     
  9. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    Then adjust the colors yourself.

    Also, in the Nvidia control panel, you can adjust the colors as well.
     
  10. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's what I did but it doesn't really help.
     
  11. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    That's pretty messed up if true. :( I can vouch that the early '08 MBPs aren't washed out.
     
  12. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

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    Try loading the profile in that, setting it as system default and all that jazz, and then using the program. I also found this program you might try:

    http://www.exactscan.com/lutmanager/

    I really do think the profile comes out greener than it does in OS X though. You'd think they'd be universal but I'm not so sure. Maybe something else is mixing with it. I'm growing to really dislike Windows color management.
     

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