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How to make your screen appear brighter than it is

Discussion in 'Notebook Dummy Guide Articles' started by Charr, May 13, 2007.

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  1. Charr

    Charr Notebook Deity

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    Here is a simple yet effective trick to make your screen appear brighter than it actually is. When selecting a desktop wallpaper image, use a dark one that has a high difference in contrast to the rest of your theme. After getting used to your dark wallpaper, when switching into a web browser or document, the white/ light colored background will appear brighter. Not the hardest trick in the world, but it works for me! I'd like to hear if this works for other people as well.
     
  2. Phillip

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    that sounds like a good Idea. I find that it applies to laptop screens and more.
     
  3. coriolis

    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Isn't that more of an optical illusion? Like looking at a piece of dark paper, then at a white piece of paper, it looks gray, but its really white - but since your pupils have been looking at a dark contrast colour, it gains a temporary memory effect.
     
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    that's the basic concept yes.
     
  5. Charr

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    It is an illusion, and it makes my 19" desktop look twice as bright as it usually does. It works though :)
     
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    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Kinda like waking up from a good nights sleep in a dark room and turning on the LCD monitor, it BURNS! :D
     
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    You can also lower the screen brightness for like 30 seconds (the lower and longer, the more it affects you). I don't have the patience for more than like 5-10 seconds, but you still get a noticable effect.
     
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    My friend does that all the time, keeping the screen on lowest brightness.
    Whenever I use the notebook, I find it unbearable in that brightness setting.
    But he finds it quite bright for that setting.

    I guess it has a lot to do with your mind being used to a certain state.
     
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    fabarati Frorum Obfuscator

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    I didn't mean keeping it at the lowest, only letting your eyes adjust to the lowest, and then bring it back up to the highest. Kind of like the way Charr does with wallpaper.
     
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    Another trick is to increase the brightness and saturation of your video card's color output. Those settings can usually be found in your drivers (assume you have nVidia or ATI).

    Just thought I'd add my 2 cents :)
     
  11. ViciousXUSMC

    ViciousXUSMC Master Viking NBR Reviewer

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    haha so true, I replaced my 17" sceptre lcd with a 37" westinghouse.

    imagine turning on a 37" panel 3ft infront of you it takes up your whole vision.

    I keep that baby on backlight 0/5 and its still pretty bright.

    intresting enough tho, its better for your eyes to play in the dark this way, because now you dont have the dark areas in the room to focus on, your whole vision is taken up by the screen. Much more immersive too.
     
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    When you go blind, don't say i didn't warn you after hand.
     
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    Already half there, and half deaf too.
     
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    haha i guess it kinda works
     
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    OK. I am used to my huge desktop which is wonderful. Just bought an IBM X31 for travel. I bought it refurbished, without a user's manual. So far I am able to do everything BUT, when I dock it the screen goes completely black. . .I took it out of its dock and it appeared again. Then I plugged in the AC to keep the battery fresh--the screen went completely blank. When I "wake it up" it shows color for a second before going off. I know i pressed something that shouldn't have been pressed somewhere along the line. WHAT? Any suggestions about where to get an IBM X31 tutorial?
    Deb
     
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    hm, try fn+F7 to bring up presentation or display scheme manager...

    and as for this trick - it has just a "minor" drawback - whenever screen goes dim, you gotta minimize all windows and stare at the desktop for few minutes :]
     
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    Win + D :cool:

    +10 char
     
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    Great idea, I usually dim the screen to the lowest then back up to the highest after a while.
     
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    Try to restart your computer and change the setting after you restarted it
     
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    I'm inclined to agree with Corriolis.

    On my Packard Dell Easynote VX one the the key in the keyboard doubles in that it makes the screen brighter Fn-F8.
     
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