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I have both brightness and contrast setting on my monitor (Relisys 17' 786B)adjusted to Maximum, I assumed my on board viedo card was the culprit. I replaced the video card with a new Gforce 4 64ram card. The monitor still displays dark. The flowers on the bottom on wallpaper for Windows XP only appear ask specs. The monitor is only 3years old. I like the monitor I just  need it to be a little brighter.

I've pondered removing the monitor case to make an adjustment inside the monitor. My question
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by:Fdisk
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Sounds Like the monitor is dead or dying use software to adjust the gamma.
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Kyle Schroeder earned 300 total points
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Well, the monitor could just be failing...3 years for a middle to low end monitor is pretty good.  I wouldn't suggest opening it up unless you know what you are doing. There is enough stored electricity in a monitor (even after unplugging it!) to give you a very serious shock or possibly kill you!

Did you try adjusting the contrast/gammas settings in the display properties control panel?  Click Advanced and then you'll have some GeForce/Nvidia specific options you can adjust to modify the brightness via the video card.  It still may not really help much if the monitor just can't get the whites as bright as it should.  It may be time for a new monitor.

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by:AJTHAGHOS
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Thanks DOG, I was able to correct the brightness issue by adjusting the Gamma via the software. Mad props to ya.

AJTHAGHOS
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Glad I could help.  Might be time to start looking for a new monitor anyway...if you're having to resort to using driver adjustments to get the brightness up, I do suspect the monitor is on its way out for good...

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by:AJTHAGHOS
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OK...I'll see if te wife will let me pick up one this week. I think I can get a decent one for about 140$
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Yeah, CRT monitor prices have pretty much hit rock bottom, and LCD prices are falling by the month!  If the wife will let you spend a little extra, try to get a 19", it makes a big difference!  Or if not, at least get a good brand 17" like Sony (too expensive probably), Viewsonic, etc.

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