How to Calibrate a Monitor
With an i1Display 2

Part 2 - Optimise your display settings

Before you begin calibrating, spend some time setting up of your video card.

In Windows - Right Click a blank area of the Desktop. 

Select Properties, then Settings and you will see a screen something like this:


Ensure that ‘Color Quality’ is set to ‘Highest (32 bit)’ and the ‘Screen Resolution’ is set to the Native Resolution of your monitor. The manual that came with the monitor will invariably state this but if you can’t find it there are software utilities that can 'ask' the monitor for you. One such utility is ‘Monitor Asset Manager’ which is free for personal use.  Download Monitor Asset Manager

This crop from 'Monitor Asset Manager' shows the information we need about the monitors Native Resolution which in this case is 1920 x 1200 Pixels.


Returning to the 'Display Properties' Window. Click the ‘Advanced’ button and you should be presented with a few tabs one of which carries the name of your video card (in this case GeForce 7300 SE).  Click on that tab.


It is very important to ensure that your video card is in no way attempting to adjust any of the visual settings of your display.  The cards optional features may be useful for gaming and movies but they are totally counter productive for quality imaging so you need to zero off all the controls.  In this example you can see that Digital Vibrance and Image Sharpening are off.  The Brightness, Contrast and Gamma sliders are set to their ZERO position (Which happens to be in the middle).  Press the OK button when you have zeroed everything.

Before you close the ‘Display Properties’ window. Select the ‘Screen Saver’ tab and increase the wait time to around 10 minutes.  This is to stop the screen saver interfering with the calibrators measuring process later on.

Display Properties