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    Color Degradation

    The colors on my computer are suddenly faded and more reminiscent of starting in the Safe mode.

    In the past, I'd simply restart it and then the full spectrum of colors would return. But not now. I've restarted the computer several times, includkng after Ad-Aware and NOD32 full system sweeps and it's still grayish.

    Does anyone know what's causing this and what to do about it?

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    Re: Color Degradation

    I guess you are talking about the monitor, and not the black/beige box? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Is this a CRT monitor, or a flat LCD type?

    What graphics card do you have?

    Are you saying this symptom has been happening for a while but is now now longer curable by a re-boot?

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    Re: Color Degradation

    <<I guess you are talking about the monitor, and not the black/beige box? >>

    You are quite correct. It's the display on the monitor.

    <<Is this a CRT monitor, or a flat LCD type?>>

    It's a flat LCD type on a laptop.

    <<What graphics card do you have?>>

    I'm not sure. It's a Toshiba Satellite laptop, if that helps.

    <<Are you saying this symptom has been happening for a while but is now now longer curable by a re-boot?>>

    It's been intermittent for a while (such as every few months or so). But now the colors are washed out all the time.

    Neal

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    Re: Color Degradation

    There's probably little you can do about it yourself - opening the case of a laptop is not recommended unless you're very technical. If you know of a dependable computer repair shop, you could ask them for an estimate of the costs of repairing it. You may find that buying a new laptop is cheaper...

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    Re: Color Degradation

    Just to be clear, you are seeing colors but they are all (red, green and blue) dim (low luminance) ?
    Are you able to run the brightness of the screen up and down with the keys for that purpose on the keyboard?

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    Re: Color Degradation

    The luminence is still good and the computer seems to be functioning the same as usual (i.e., e-mails in and out, Word document creation, etc.).

    It's just that there is more gray everywhere, such as the boxes around things (e.g., the reply to: line), which are usually vivid blue.

    For example, the Post it button for this message and the adjacent box are the same color of gray. Usually the button is gray or white and the box is blue.

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    Re: Color Degradation

    Visit this website http://www.ficml.org/jemimap/style/color/wheel.html and slowly move your cursor over the color wheel and tell us what you see on your screen as the cursor is moved. In particular, do you see a range of colors for the reds, greens and blues ?

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    Re: Color Degradation

    If this problem turns out to be a hardware issue, as it is now looking, it should probably be moved to the hardware forum.

    Paul

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    Re: Color Degradation

    I've moved this thread from the General Windows forum to the Hardware forum, because it seems very likely that this is a hardware problem.

    StuartR

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    Re: Color Degradation

    I use the "silver" theme for Windows XP which replaces the vivid blue window frames with gray frames. Hard to imagine that could happen by accident, but you could go into your Display control panel and take a peek.

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    Re: Color Degradation

    That seems to be on the right track.

    I reset everything back to the Windows Classic and the desktop colors are closer to what they used to be, but the colors in the Office Suite are still grayed out. Very odd.

    Thank you for the lead.

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    Re: Color Degradation

    It seems to me that we still haven't determined if you have a failing hardware problem on your hands rather than something amiss in software settings. I was going to ask you to post a small-ish (640x480) screenshot of a "nice" color photo or a crop thereof, similar to this, so we can all see what your screen looks like and possibly talk about Control Panel adjustments.

    Then I realized Paul ( <post:=683,692>post 683,692</post:> ) has a link to a nice color test page. What kind of results did you see on that page?
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    Re: Color Degradation

    That is a very cool site.

    The computer was responsive and all the colors were crisp.

    Tres puzzling.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Color Degradation

    <hr>The computer was responsive and all the colors were crisp. <hr>

    Given the above and your previous finding that you have control of the display brightness , the display seems to be working fine. Are there any other related symptoms ?

    Paul

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    Re: Color Degradation

    I'm sorry to report: no other noticeable symptoms.

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