Screen too bright even at lowest brightness...

mloffa

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...in the dark.

Right now I'm in a dark room and it's really hurting my eyes because of the brightness. Is there an app or something that can make the screen get even dimmer/brighter?
 

brendu

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I love black on white, until I use it for 5 mins.. then I get bugged out
 
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MrCheeto

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Just coming from experience. Nothing can sear your eyes like a MacBook Pro kicking on at FULL BRIGHTNESS next to your face at 6am just because I wanted to read AOL's home page.

It's like that scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
 
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mloffa

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Just coming from experience. Nothing can sear your eyes like a MacBook Pro kicking on at FULL BRIGHTNESS next to your face at 6am just because I wanted to read AOL's home page.

It's like that scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
:eek: ouch.
 
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Guessing that your computer is running Snow Leopard. Apple upgraded the gamma to 2.2, making the display brighter. You can try calibrating your display to move it back to the old gamma (1.8). To do this, follow these steps:

1. Launch System Preferences
2. Click Displays and then click Color at the top
3. Select Color LCD and then hit Calibrate...
4. Follow the steps, making sure you select 1.8 as the gamma.
 
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greg400

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Guessing that your computer is running Snow Leopard. Apple upgraded the gamma to 2.2, making the display brighter. You can try calibrating your display to move it back to the old gamma (1.8). To do this, follow these steps:

1. Launch System Preferences
2. Click Displays and then click Color at the top
3. Select Color LCD and then hit Calibrate...
4. Follow the steps, making sure you select 1.8 as the gamma.
That's the complete opposite of what you will want. 2.2 gamma does not make the display brighter, it makes it darker. The lower the gamma the brighter/more washed out the display will appear.
 
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techfreak85

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I strougeled with the same thing for the longest time. I like to watch hulu in bed, but my screen is too dang bright. Shades has been really great for me.
 
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sal

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I know it's not the solution to your question but you should not use your computer in pitch black situations. It puts a lot of strain on your eyes. avoid if possible.
 
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Badger^2

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I strougeled with the same thing for the longest time. I like to watch hulu in bed, but my screen is too dang bright. Shades has been really great for me.
I will second Shades. Been using it for a couple of years now, works exactly like it should.

even lets you adjust dual monitors separately.
 
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mtnDewFTW

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You should get your eyes checked. If the minimum brightness is too bright, there might be something wrong there.
I'm not trying to make fun or anything. I'm serious.
When the iMac is on the last brightness level, it's so dark that sometimes you can't even tell what's happening if you're watching a movie
 
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mloffa

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You should get your eyes checked. If the minimum brightness is too bright, there might be something wrong there.
I'm not trying to make fun or anything. I'm serious.
When the iMac is on the last brightness level, it's so dark that sometimes you can't even tell what's happening if you're watching a movie
Thanks for the concern but what I'm referring to is the darkest setting in a very dark room viewing an internet page (which are usually white or brightly colored)

Thanks for all the tips everyone!
 
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MacHamster68

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guess in your dark room a bit yellow tinge would help ;)


sorry for the comment but i could not resist :)

calibrating is i guess the only option you got
 
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MrCheeto

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It does adjust the square icons by increments but it does NOT adjust the screen to any degree less than 1 full square, I tried before I posted.
 
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MacHamster68

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sorry ........but i could be wrong , the imac 27" is a backlid lcd
so it is in theory a normal lcd screen but with led's to brighten up the screen
what if he would simply disconnect the led's at the back that would make the screen dark as on the earliest lcd screens which had no lights and did rely on light from outside
 
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MrCheeto

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Do you have a Mac sitting around somewhere? Dim the display 100% and then hold a flashlight up to it.

All of the items are still being displayed, just not lit.

A real neet-o trick is to turn the backlight off and then shine a light through the apple. W1Ndoze can't do that, no sir! MacOS X feature OHNLEE!
 
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