MacBook Pro - Boot Camp, XP has blue tint?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by amg40, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. amg40 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2007
    I'm running Tiger on a 2.5ghz MacBook Pro (purchased april '08) and everything works perfectly and the screen colors/ brightness is perfect.
    In Windows XP however (running via Boot Camp), the screen has an annoying bluish tint that I can not get rid of. It is especially visible in lighter colors that should be gray or off-white. In the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card control panel there is no obvious way to fix this problem. And it is not a gamma or brightness problem- because even after adjusting those, the bluish tint remains. Perhaps this is caused by a lack of a control in XP and/or the graphics card for the moniter's color temperature on the LED back-lit screen? When running XP through VMware fusion however the screen colors are dead-on.
    Anyone else experience this or have any suggestions?!
  2. neenja macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    im having this same problem.. im on leopard 10.5.6 on a early 2008 MBP.

    very annoying :(
  3. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    Hey guys,

    This is caused by the fact that the uncalibrated Macbook Pro screen is quite a disaster. In OS X, software calibration is used to correct the colors, but in Windows, there's no such luck. What you can do is copy your OS X color profile over to Windows and apply it using an external program (since Windows color management is horrible).

    Here's what you do:
    1. Make a 2.2 gamma profile in OS X for your display.
    2. Copy the .icc file to Windows (from Libraries/ColorSync)
    3. Double click it in Windows
    4. In Vista:
    Use this program:
    In XP:
    Use this program:
    These programs will apply the profile for you.
    In Windows 7 (preferred):
    It's built into the OS color management - just apply the profile through there.

    Hope this helps!
  4. neenja macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    Thanks for the helpful reply!

    I have a problem though.. I was able to create the profile easily and am able to see it in my list from system/display.. but when i go to library/colorsync i dont see the file there? i named the profile 'windows.icc', i even tried using spotlight.. and its no where to be found :(

    any ideas?
  5. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    Hey... the custom color profiles should be in your user directory / Library / ColorSync. The prebuilt ones are in Mac HD / Library / ColorSync /
  6. Markov macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    In other words, go into the Terminal (located in the utilities folder in the applications folder) and type the following:

    open ~/Library/ColorSync

    A windows should pop open with the user-made color profile.
  7. evilzardoz macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2008

    Thanks for this! Google dug up this thread and this was VERY helpful - I can now use the Apple ICC profiles to have the same colour accuracy under bootcamp that I enjoy under VMware!

    Yep, this works.
  8. xtqqtxxx macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    I've had the same issue and solved it with Windows 7 Color Management using the .icc profile from Snow Leopard.
    However, the color reverts back to being blue-ish when I run games, which is mainly the reason I run Boot Camp...

    Anyone have this same issue or know of a solution? This is so frustrating. :[

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