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Restoring Resolution

by MousePotato / February 6, 2010 3:09 AM PST

Within the past 24 hours, all of the photos and other graphics on my desktop PC were somehow (maybe by a minor hack) adjusted so that all photos are now a little bit "dulled", so that now look a little bit like very precise paintings. And the the other graphics, such as html logos and very large lettering, now appear almost as dull as a "precisely-painted" tattoo. And even the text is displayed a tiny bit dull and somewhat faded.

I already had the resolution set at 1024 x 768, which is the max of my CRT monitor. BUT even though the resolution is still given as 1024 x 768 in the Display Properties window, everything displayed has changed to a slightly dull appearance but nothing seems to have changed in size.

How can I restore the clear appearances of everything on the screen? I want to at least return the photos to "gloss-print" quality as they were before.

Some of the things I've considered include reinstalling the driver for either the monitor or the AGP card, or maybe downloading a driver update for one or both of them. Another option I've thought about is maybe re-configuring the graphics settings by lowering the resolution and then raising it back up to 1024 x 768.

Could making any of these changes possibly fix the problem?

BTW, my OS is WinXP Pro and rides on the NTFS platform.

-David

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If the resolution you want to already set
by ChuckT / February 6, 2010 6:24 AM PST
In reply to: Restoring Resolution

If the resolution you want is already set to what you want, then I would suspect the color depth. If your colors are less than 32,000 colors then I might think that the color might appear dull, or harsh, or something odd.

What color depth (or how many color bits) are you currently set to?

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My Color Depth
by MousePotato / February 6, 2010 11:58 AM PST

I am currently set for 32-bit color quality.

-David

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32bit color is not the problem
by ChuckT / February 6, 2010 5:19 PM PST
In reply to: My Color Depth

32bit color is very high, so that's not the problem.

I don't have any other guesses right now. Sorry.

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