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New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed

by LifeHHO / February 26, 2013 2:45 AM PST

I recently bought new Samsung SyncMaster S22B300B. Its colors were awesome. To play with its settings comfortably using mouse, I installed Samsung MagicTune (version 4.0.12 on Windows 7 32 bit). There are two calibration options in it. MagicWizard, and Color Calibrtaion. I ran them both and damn.

Now it looks even uglier then those cheap hp LCD monitors in my computer lab. Not even close to any laptop screen. Either it is too bright that I can not see the white boxes (grey levels) from 244-254 http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/white.php or too dark to distinguish 1-15 http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/black.php when I calibrate colors/gamma using MagicTune

e.g.
colors either look like this


or


or both extreme black and white levels are invisible at a time.

I thought these calibration settings are stored in windows, I attached this monitor to the laptop and it gave the same result. Resetting monitor settings did nothing after this MagicWizard thing. It destroyed its beautiful colors. Now the clouds look plain white where shades are low. Looks like those settings are stored in monitor permanently.

Is there anyway to hard reset? To take all the settings back?

I asked this question here as well
http://superuser.com/questions/557510/calibrations-settings-stored-in-monitor
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/67591-3-samsung-monitor-colors-calibration#t413751

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What I have tried yet
by LifeHHO / February 26, 2013 2:55 AM PST

I have tried:
- Uninstalling MagicTune, color profile, re installing newer version from CD
- Detaching VGA cable, turning off monitor, detaching power cable
- Attaching monitor to a laptop
- Lowering down brightness and contrast

1.
MagicAngle: off
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 0

2.
MagicAngle: off
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 50

3.
MagicAngle: All MagicAngle configs
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 50

None of above made the extreme white and dark levels visible.
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New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by LifeHHO / February 26, 2013 2:59 PM PST

Anyone from Samsung??

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 27, 2013 6:23 AM PST

Hi LifeHHO,

Sorry to hear about your problems with the monitor. Have you tried pressing the physical menu button on the monitor then: Menu > Setup & Reset > Reset?

HD Tech

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by LifeHHO / February 27, 2013 5:49 PM PST

Yes, Obviously. It was the first thing I did. And I have been doing it many times since then. What I have guessed till now is that as this LCD can be used through software, it is programmable. If I detach it, while using through MagicTune, and connect to a laptop or another PC, it does not allow using buttons and keep saying to use MagicTune.

The MagicWizard most probably (or perhaps magic calibration) does something deeper that is not given in menu (I saw some quick black stripes on full screen when used this wizard) which as a result is not reconfigurable with options available to user.

I wonder if there is a way to take it back to the settings it was shipped with.

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 28, 2013 5:23 AM PST

Hi LifeHHO,

OK, thanks for letting me know that. Try this instead: Press the Menu button and then press and hold the Enter button (between the up button and the Auto button) for 5 seconds.

HD Tech

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by LifeHHO / March 1, 2013 5:14 AM PST

I really wish I could have tried that, I took monitor to nearest Samsung Customer Care center a few hours after my previous post. I that a way to Hard Reset (it is called factory reset when I searched for this 5 minute holding on enter button), or it will bring some special menu to play with some special settings?

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / March 1, 2013 6:05 AM PST

Hi LifeHHO,

I tired it on my own monitor. It's supposed to be a factory reset; I have a model in a similar series with the same reset, so I tried it on mine, and it changed my settings back to their defaults. So hopefully, it would have had the desirable effect on yours.

HD Tech

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by LifeHHO / March 2, 2013 10:02 PM PST

I got it back from C&C. They asked me to get it replaced. I tried it, only thing different this time was that it asked me to select the language. All the colors remained same.
I never imagined that Samsung's own software MagicTune can do something horrible.

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / March 4, 2013 7:17 AM PST
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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by LifeHHO / April 25, 2013 4:27 AM PDT

Got full new LED replaced in warranty Happy They just took one month

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Re: New Syncmaster LED Monitor colors destroyed
by LifeHHO / March 1, 2013 5:16 AM PST

They have my monitor. They might tell today if they have corrected it or it is to be sent back for warranty claim.

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