The dark colors/backgrounds on my screen are pitch black!

By MetallicIL
Jul 13, 2011
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  1. Hello.

    I turned on my PC this morning, and noticed that the dark backgrounds of websites or Steam or the dark bits in my desktop wallpaper, are extremely dark, they're pitch black!

    I have the brightness and contrast turned all the way up, i fiddled with the settings of the monitor and the display/resolutions settings, and it won't change..
    All other colors are looking normal, and they're very bright, but the black/dark blue bits of my Start Menu background and Steam backgrounds are so pitch black as if they are immune to the brightness option..

    I just tried playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. While i was outside in a field, everything looked bright and great. When i went into an underground crypt, i could only see the torches on the walls. I couldn't see anything around me!

    It's as if something is maximizing the darkness of dark colors and making them pitch black, and immune to bightness.
    I suspect that something in my video card, or RAM, or monitor, has gone broken causing this abnormal color damage..

    I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, using a Samsung SyncMaster 226BW 22'' 1680x1050 monitor, running a GeForce 8600 GT and AMD Athlon 2x3Ghz 6000+

    Any help appreciated!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Can you try another monitor for test purposes?

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