Have you tried turning down the contrast? A well made, properly aligned monitor *should* look good with brightness and contrast somewhere around the middle....sadly, like a lot of TV sets this is rarely the case. What is the lighting like in the room? This can greatly affect accuracy. What about your video card? Has someone been messing with the gamma settings (provided your video card lets you change that)? Be aware that when it comes to adjusting such settings like brightness and contrast, the setting that looks good on one monitor often looks entirely different on another. On a well adjusted monitor, you should be able to make out the details in graphics, and at the same time, black things should be black - that is, if you had the lights turned off, you should just barely be able to make out any illumination from the monitor in these black areas. Same pretty much goes for TV sets as well. If you can't accomplish this, then it's probably time to look into getting a better monitor. I suggest you go to the store and compare them carefully. Before I buy something like that, I always mess with the brightness and contrast settings, running thru the entire range, and seeing what it takes to get it to look the most natural. If I have to minimize or max out these settings all the way, then it's not for me. There is one catch though..most stores have florescent lighting, that puts extra glare on the monitors, so it might help to shield it somehow. This by the way, is why factory default settings on a lot of TVs now, include contrast being up all the way - they do it to try and make it look good under horrible lighting conditions.. it sorta works, but not quite. Once you get it home, the first thing you'd probably wanna do when you are re-adjusting the settings, is turn the contrast WAY down. Original Message: ----------------- From: Lynda lpfowlie@xxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 16:21:54 -0700 To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [24hoursupport] dark photos Content-Type: text/plain; charset="Windows-1252" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable I have my screen brightness turned up to 100%, and that works for most = stuff, but all the photos I view whether in my email of my camera = program are very dark, I tried sending a photo to my son's computer and = it was fine but on my screen very dark, someone suggested I need a = video card, but when I started to look around for one it was like = reading Greek..( HP Pavilion,) Today's mighty Oak is just yesteday's nut that held it's ground! -- Binary/unsupported file stripped by Ecartis -- -- Type: image/gif -- File: floralbarline7.gif - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm. -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web.com/ . -- ICQ: 6885878 AOL Instant Messenger: snesfan78 - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.