Screen too bright even at lowest brightness...

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  1. mloffa macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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  3. brendu macrumors 68020

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    I love black on white, until I use it for 5 mins.. then I get bugged out
     
  4. mloffa thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I knew about this trick but I never really thought about using it to make the bright white screens dark. I guess it works...thanks :D
     
  5. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  6. mloffa thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :eek: ouch.
     
  7. celticpride678

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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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  9. greg400 macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  10. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  11. sal macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  12. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Wait.. AOL?! WTF.
     
  13. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  14. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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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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    is there not a programme to lower the brightness?
     
  17. mloffa thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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!
     
  18. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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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
     
  19. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    I am stunned that no one has suggested OPTION + SHIFT + BRIGHTNESS Button

    works for sound too

    but yeah, if that's still too bright I would download shades.
     
  20. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  21. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Snap, you're right. I should have tested it before I posted. :eek:
     
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    This?

     
  23. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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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
     
  24. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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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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