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    Monitor Calibration

    To do it properly you will need hardware.
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    Best monitor for graphic design

    If you don't get the Spectraview software then you can't access the advanced calibration features of the monitor - the inbuilt 14but LUTs, and the way you can define all your targets in the software and click on one button and the software adjusts the monitor for you - which should give better...
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    Best monitor for graphic design

    If you are in the US: The spectraview kit comes with a custom i1 Display 2 colorimeter and the Spectraview software. The software will only work with the NEC monitors. The colorimeter will work with the i1 Match software which you can download from X-rite and that will calibrate other...
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    Best monitor for graphic design

    Gloss makes no difference to the actual colours. It can make things look slightly different. The choice to get glossy or not boils down to whether you don't mind or get annoyed by the reflections. The best monitors for colour accuracy would be the NEC Spectraview or Eizo Coloredge ranges...
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    Win 7 Ultimate OEM Question

    OEM copies are tied to the motherboard so replacing video cards, RAM, etc shouldn't cause any problems. If your computer hard disk dies and you need to reinstall then you can reinstall.
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    Samsung C530 DVI-to-HDMI issues. Crappy IQ.

    Have you set turned the overscan off on the TV? You need to set the picture size to Screen Fit to do this.
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    Monitor with clearest text?

    Apple's 27" screen only has one mini displayport connection.
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    Command to sort 20k photos into date modified albums?

    Exiftool will do this using the timestamp in the exif data of the photos. http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/exiftool_pod.html#renaming_examples - 3rd option
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    Does the NEC Multisync PA271W have a built in scaler?

    Bothe the PA271W and PA241W can display content at a different apsect ratio to themselves with the correct aspect ratio and black bars to fill in the gaps. I have my PS3 plugged into a NEC 2690 which has the same scaling options and is 16:10. I can have the screen scale up the content keeping...
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    LCD gradient issues - BENQ LED backlit monitor :(

    It has a TN panel which is rubbish for image editing - only 6bits. I'm not surprised it has issues with Photoshop.
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    IPS overated?

    People who work with images want to have a close as possible match between what is displayed on screen and what gets printed out. Hence the paper reference. Also, remember people serious about image editing are likely to have the brightness quite low so a low contrast ratio does not...
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    100hz and screen tearing

    You get 100Hz televisions in the areas of the world that use the PAL broadcasts as that is 25 fps interlaced. 100 is a multiple of 50. You won't see them in North America.
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    How does 30 bit color or deep color work?

    Colourspace and the number of colours are completely separate things. The colourspace defines the range of possible colours. Bit depth defines the number of colours used. You can use the LAB, sRGB, AdobeRGB, ProPhoto RGB, CMYK, etc in 8bit/16bit/30bit modes if you want to. Current high end...
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    How does 30 bit color or deep color work?

    Because it won't make a lot of difference? No. Blu-ray video has 16,777,216 possible colours - 24bit - so why would being able to show more make any difference as you would be limited by the source. Well as 24bit colour is generally good enough for pretty much most purposes why do we...
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    How does 30 bit color or deep color work?

    Well as no photo editing software yet supports 30bit colour output you wouldn't see any difference. Also, films are not encoded with any more than 24bit colour.
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    power dvd 10

    Only the Ultimate version plays Blu0ray as far as I'm aware. On Cyberlink's site there is a comparison between the various versions of PowerDVD stating what each one will or will not do.
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    Buzzing Noise?

    Sore eyes.
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    A new NEC professional IPS? PA series

    Use colour managed software. It is the only way.
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    A new NEC professional IPS? PA series

    Use the Spectraview software. You should be able to use the Spyder sensor with it. With the calibration software you get with kit like the Spyder3 or i1 Display 2 you can only adjust the LUTs in the graphics card when calibrating. The Spectraview software talks to the monitor and adjust the...
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    A new NEC professional IPS? PA series

    As Windows and no other software that I am aware of at the moment outputs in more than 8 bits per colour channel there wouldn't be any difference.
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    Do I want the extra Win7 partition?

    I did a clean install of Win7 when I got it and it only put one partition on the disk.
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    Deep Color (30 bit) on U2711

    2^30
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    NEC 2490WUXi - The Full Story

    The brightness depends on the conditions where you use the monitor.
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    question about optimal refresh rate

    In the UK there are 600Hz TVs (I have seen them in the shops) as it is the lowest number exactly divisible by 24 and 25. Our SD PAL television broadcasts at 25 frames a second. Our electricity is 50Hz here as well.
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    Calibrated NEC 2490WUXi results

    The balck level looks fine to me. The black level of my 2690 Spectraview is slightly higher and I have no problems with it. Personally I would not use the auto luminance feature.
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    Just bought a Lite-On iHOS104-08 BluRay player with PowerDVD 9; can WMC play BluRays?

    PowerDVD Ultra 9 fully integrates into WMC on Windows 7. At least it does on my computer. There is no closing of WMC and launching of PowerDVD when playing a Blu-ray disc.
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    A couple Bluray and audio questions

    Some players upscale better than others and upscaling will never look as good as Blu-ray. I'm not particularly surprised you find upscaled DVD not on par with HD as it is not really possible.
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    Is this possible

    Images on monitors are made up of pixels. Each individual pixel displays 1 colour.
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    Calibrating the NEC P221W

    Use the Spectraview II software. It should give better results as it talks directly to the monitor.
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    Display Calibrator?

    You can assign a different colour profile to each display but under Windows you will need each display attached to a different LUT in the graphics card for it to work properly. Part of the calibration data gets loaded into the graphics card LUT at startup. This will mean a seperate graphics...
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    Best Colorimeter for up to 250$

    X-Rite's i1 Display 2
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    Need an LCD for a graphics pro

    For perfect colour you need to look at the NEX xx90 Spectraview and Eizo CG series. They are not cheap.
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    Upgrading to Win 7 64bit... Questions!

    This is a Windows feature. 32 bit drivers WILL NOT work on a 64bit system.
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    How to keep your pinned programs on one side?

    Just middle click the button for another window. No extra steps - it is still one click.
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    Pantone Spyder

    The original Spyder is a bit rubbish. Get something newer for reliable calibration.
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    Monitor color profiles with vista upgrading to win7

    Just copy the profile over to the Win7 install. Win7 has its own gamma loader built in so you won't need third party software to load it.
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    MP3 player better than iPod?

    I really like my Sony Walkman MP3 player
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    best LCD for viewing photos

    NEC xx90 series with Spectraview kit or equivalent Eizo monitors. The NEC route is usually cheaper than Eizo.
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    NEC 2490WUXi - The Full Story

    Yes, with the Spectraview software all the adjustments are saved in the monitor itself. When using colour manged applications you will still need the ICC profile generated by Spectraview and that is saved on the hard disk.
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