New Acer monitor too bright!

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New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:07 pm

^Title, but there's more to it.

Anyway, to be honest, the only part that's too bright is the WHITE areas of my screen when there are any. But anything ELSE looks just fine, like my desktop image, for example, or opening Photoshop.

If I adjust my settings to a point where the white areas no longer blind me (like this very page, ow), everything ELSE looks too muddled out or dark.

I can't win! Is there a way I can reduce the brightness of ONLY the white space on my screen?

FYI, I have an Acer s241HL, if that makes any difference.
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:00 pm

Have you tried messing with the color temperature settings?

Edit: Or if your video card's drivers support gamma adjustments, try that too.
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:45 pm

Steele wrote: Adjust my settings to a point where the white areas no longer blind me (like this very page, ow!).
Above the title of this message thread, click on "ImageUser Control Panel".
Click on the "Board preferences" tab. You will already be on the "Edit global settings" page.
To the right of "My board style:" select the dropdown. Change "tr_prosilver" to "tr_prosilver_blue" (these are the only two options).
Click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
Your eyes will thank you.
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:03 pm

I will never honestly understand how monitors can be "too bright" - whenever I get a monitor, the first thing I do is to turn up the backlight all the way up. Why would you want to intentionally want a **** picture? I will never understand.

That said, try looking for factory settings menus - these are usually accessed through some hidden key combination - these will usually allow you to tweak backlight settings. You definitely don't want to be turning down the "brightness" setting. What you want is the backlight setting.
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:16 pm

LASR wrote:I will never honestly understand how monitors can be "too bright" - whenever I get a monitor, the first thing I do is to turn up the backlight all the way up. Why would you want to intentionally want a **** picture? I will never understand.

That said, try looking for factory settings menus - these are usually accessed through some hidden key combination - these will usually allow you to tweak backlight settings. You definitely don't want to be turning down the "brightness" setting. What you want is the backlight setting.


This post doesn't surprise me from someone with the username LASR :lol:
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:04 am

Well brightness in general isn't a huge problem, except when it's blinding, like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v398/ ... 1f7f74.jpg

Ok, that's an exaggeration and me purposely tricking my camera's light auto-configuration feature, but that's what it FEELS like. The Desktop looks OK (it's actually kinda dark), but anything with a white background just makes my retinas explode. Way too much HDR.

So I tried adjusting the gamma (both hardware and software). By the time the white stopped blinding me, everything else was too dark. I tried to adjust contrast, but then white turned into gray. I can't figure out how to turn down the backlight... in fact, when googling how to do so for this monitor, THIS THREAD is the third item on the list >_<

Unless it isn't labled as such? I found some settings like "Eco" "graphics" "movies" and "user" which seem to do something to the general brightness level. Eco is way too dull, graphics and standard are too bright... Movies is a bit dull, but I guess I can tweak my brightness up a bit to compensate...

Thanks for the tips, regardless! I'm gonna keep an eye on this thread for a couple days just to see if anyone else has any bri-... er, good ideas!

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Steele wrote: Adjust my settings to a point where the white areas no longer blind me (like this very page, ow!).
Above the title of this message thread, click on "ImageUser Control Panel".
Click on the "Board preferences" tab. You will already be on the "Edit global settings" page.
To the right of "My board style:" select the dropdown. Change "tr_prosilver" to "tr_prosilver_blue" (these are the only two options).
Click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
Your eyes will thank you.


This is useful, thanks! Unfortunately, unless there's a way to do this for google, youtube, and other pages with a white background, it doesn't help solve the problem completely =(
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:07 pm

Try setting it to user mode and see if "Brightness" controls the backlight.
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:37 pm

LASR wrote:I will never honestly understand how monitors can be "too bright" - whenever I get a monitor, the first thing I do is to turn up the backlight all the way up. Why would you want to intentionally want a **** picture? I will never understand.

That said, try looking for factory settings menus - these are usually accessed through some hidden key combination - these will usually allow you to tweak backlight settings. You definitely don't want to be turning down the "brightness" setting. What you want is the backlight setting.


Some of us are used to living in dark places with minimal lighting. At one point, my office was in a room, inside a windowless building, against a 12' thick shielding wall. I'm pretty sure my radiation dose was lower than the average. I had my computer cycle images from SOHO and Yohkoh as a background just so I'd get some sun.
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Re: New Acer monitor too bright!

Postposted on Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:59 am

Sounds like a classic contrast issue to me; black crush and dazzling whites. This is the result of marketing twerps advertising 50,000,000:1 contrast levels - the end user suffers by going blind.

  1. Turn your brightness down to the highest you can deal with on a pure white screen. It should be comfortable to look at, not retina-searing.
  2. Disable dynamic contrast, intellibright, game/movie/auto modes, or any other bullsh*t that messes with the brightness and conrast, they're all worthless on a monitor.
  3. Go to lagom.nl's contrast test and adjust gamma/contrast on your monitor's OSD until you can see all 32 distinct shades of the bars.
  4. If you're struggling with step 2 and you're using an HDMI cable, look for HDMI black level in the OSD. Normal/low will depend on your graphics card to some extent, but one of the settings with either wash out or crush black level details.
  5. If you still can't get all 32 distinct bars visible from step 2, you have just bought an absolute pig of a monitor; Return it for a refund and buy one with good reviews rather than a low, low pricetag, which is about all Acer is capable of doing.
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