ITT: "Oh god, I'm retarded" /g/ edition
>had my 1080p monitor for about a year
>It's always been slightly washed out but I took it as a "Get what you pay for" kinda thing
>realize today via nvidia inspector that my PC thought my monitor was an HD TV this whole time and was using a limited color spectrum
>flipped it to full, night and day difference, like having a brand new monitor
Nvidia's shitty drivers always default to limited RGB no matter what. There wasn't even a toggle in the driver control panel to change it to full until last year. You had to download a third party program to do it.
Why are tvs so shit?
I've literally never in my life seen a tv that didn't hurt my eyes with its awful image. They also always have dogshit slow, fugly, laggy and convoluted firmware. Pc monitors on the other hand have a perfect, crisp image and just werk, and just act as pure, straightforward, instant output devices instead of being half a pc on their own.
>Plugged dvi to a hdmi monitor via adapter wondering why there's no sound coming out of it.
>Purchased a meme case and looked whole day for the power switch (even took it back to the shops thinking it's broken and was proven wrong with a single flick of clerc's finger, much to the amusement of everyone inside)
>Downloaded win 7 update isos and installed manually to not connect to microsoft servers in fear of legal consequences
>Shrekt battery compartment cover on an old laptop because i didn't notice the latch that you're supposed to pull beforehand
Fucking stupid. Lessons learned, at least.
What's the benefit of using it in full? Can somebody explain?
It already looks really nice with the limited color profile... Do people who use Photoshop and crap use a full color range or something?
My first experience with Linux (actually second, my first attempt at installing Mint was unsuccesfful due to me being inpatient, fucked up my HDD and gave up for a few months).
Installed debian, WLAN didn't work.
Started reading up, after like an hour learned about debian's nonfree policy and came up across debian's wiki page on iwlwifi.
After successful installation of the drivers and reboot it still didn't fucking work.
After 2 hours of reinstalling the drivers, trying to edit the configuration and literally standing on my head I noticed the hardware switch was in OFF postition.
I don't recall feeling more braindead in my life.
>What's the benefit of having the entire sandwich?
>This half-sandwich I have here is very tasty already. Why would anyone want the whole thing?
Jokes aside, the biggest difference when playing vidya is shadows. Go launch something like Alien Isolation for example and flip-flop between the two modes. The dark is darker and the light is lighter.
Adding to that list - additional power switch.
Encountered one on some older, big ass lg tv. Hidden on the backpanel with all the connectors behind a thin piece of plastic. Facing down of course.
not entirely true, this issue only occured when using hdmi and displayport. occasionally i mentioned it on /g/ or made a thread about it. poeple rarely cared. fucking amazing how long it took them to fix that shit.
when wrongly chosing either full rgb or limited rgb the result with either be black crush or washed out blacks, colors and contrast suffer in turn. it depends.
I tried delidding a brand new $250 3570k half asleep and drunk
I cracked the die
I even made a thread about it on /g/
Nobody told me that you're not supposed to stand your computer up on styrofoam. I asked you motherfuckers and you all said it was fine.
Nobody told me it was fucking ridiculously staticky. When I finally took my computer off of it all of its temps dropped 7 degrees C.
might wanna go through the whole calibration process then. doesn't take long - assuming you haven't set up any funky color profiles or retarded browser.
This? I think it's just for video. By default seems to be off.
motherfucker! what. is. goodle!?! huh? what is it? i can't hear you!
Basically replaced my entire PC last year because my video card went out and I couldn't figure out the issue. Turned out pretty much every part had an issue anyway.
>both HDDs replaced
>new video card
>new power supply
Basically last year I replaced everything but my mouse.
>gamma is around 1.6
I just messed around with nvidia settings, and it works with pic related.
Games are gonna disable those settings though. Am I fucked?
>With the test images on these pages, you can easily adjust the settings of your monitor to get the best possible picture quality.
>ith the first few test images, you can calibrate your monitor by adjusting the brightness, contrast, clock/phase, sharpness, and gamma settings of the monitor
>of your monitor / of the monitor
the osd, anon. use it!
>As of driver version 347.09, Nvidia have added a small drop-down to the Nvidia Control Panel (NCP) that will allow you to enforce the correct ‘Full Range’ signal.
Oh I don't know, update? Or sse DVI like a sane person and never worry about it again? Ignore the problem? Your call.
yeah, i got that to work eventually too. just needed to hook up an audio cable from the sound card my video card. dvi>hdmi carried the audio.
Because DVI is so old now I always thought of it the same way as vga with extra bells and whistles. Live and learn
ALSO, just recently learned there are some implementations of hdmi that carry LAN. THATS AWESOME!
Played around a bit and it seems I can't change gamma on the osd
guess I'm fucked
>First computer built from scratch
> install athlon 1ghz WITHOUT the heatsink
>Turn it on to see if it works.
>take apart camera
>touch metal housing near fully charged capacitor that holds flash
my vision fucking RESET when i touched it
>Working on a Mac Pro Monitor board
Touch pliers across a few contacts by accident
>heard a loud pop and saw a nice flash
>every time I pick up a soldering iron.
>Friends computer is acting totally fucked
>Maybe the thermal paste is bad
>Manage to yank out the heating and the processor in one tug without unlatching the processor
I would never have expected that thermal paste could become goddamn cement
>Friend from Comp Sci course cant figure out why his trackpad is busted. Tries for an hour to reinstall trackpad driver
>Trackpad toggles switch set to off
>Girlfriends monitor wont turn on. she has tried everything and begs me to commute 2 hours to her to fix it
>the power brick was only about 10% plugged into the cable
Don't quote me in this, but I believe if you open up a specific games settings menu in the control panel, you can force it to use certain global/nvidia color and display settings.I know you can inject forms of AA and AF but I'm like 75% sure things like gamma can be forced too
breaking news. poor person to preorder pic related - might not be poor after all.
>have asus p6t mobo with i7-920
>get a 290
>consult with my techfa/g/ buddy
>turns out need better PSU
>he also says to update BIOS
>never flashed a mobo BIOS, nervous
>find an asus BIOS flash app that works in windows, awesome
>do some googling, turns out app only works on 32-bit windows
Couldn't find a cheap 1366 mobo so just got a 4790k/msi gaming 7 combo from microcenter, glad I upgraded (was freelance video editing at the time and was a huuuge noticeable difference) but goddamn do I feel stupid. I think they sell BIOS chips on ebay for $20 so might just do that and use it as a media device in the living room.
>Not knowing that HDMI defaults to dumb shit on both Nvidia and AMD cards
>Assuming that god awful blacks and whites are just how your shitty monitor was meant to be
>Never realizing that something looks way the fuck off
Just imagine how probably 80%+ of people are doing this exact same thing with their new builds, specially now with the whole MUH PC MASTER RACE reddit shit bringing in a lot of clueless retards to PCs.
Copy bios rom to USB drive
Boot to CMOS setup
Enter BIOS's built-in flash utility
So much easier than booting to DOS using an actual 3.5" floppy disk, downloading the right flash utility for the motherboard you have, and working out the correct command to use.
You really think Microsoft gives a flying fuck if you installed their win blows illegitimately? If that were the case I've installed so many copies I would have been executed publicly.
>Test in browser
1-5 are the same with 5 barely different.
>Test in image viewer
1-5 are all distinct.
>Fullscreen that bitch like the site says
1-5 are back to samey.
What's going on?
What does that mean? Testing it at full resolution in my image viewer makes it clear there are blocks at 1 - 5 while going fullscreen or looking at it in my browser has the first five blend in with the background.
I spent about 20 minutes searching for my phone with my phone flashlight. I'm not fucking joking. I was 100% sober, no drugs at all, just rummaging through my whole house looking for this phone I was holding in my hand.
If that doesn't scare you, nothing will.
Not technology but related
I recently made a payment on my credit card from a web app when I noticed my drivers license was missing. I tore apart my room looking for it, called stores I visited, gave up, and ordered a new one. Then I found it under my computer chair.
It fell out literally seconds before I noticed it was gone.
I was using my monitor with my xbone through hdmi the other day and it looked really washed out compared to when I have it hooked up to my pc through dvi. Is this limited color thing to blame? Can it be adjusted on the bone?
xbox one scaler is all sorts of fucked. give up on trying to correctly calibrate that thing right now. it's a known issue with the console. think even the 360 was sort of funky that way.
>bought ps3 for CoD MW2
>used scart on old projection tv
>get HDTV for christmas
>plug in ps3 using scart
>picture is a bit clearer than old projector TV so I was moderately happy but also a touch disappointed
Three months later
>friend raved about how HDTV is orders of magnitude better
>argued with him that it was mostly placebo, but alarm bells rang when he mentioned the different cable
>got home, spent two minutes in the googles
>borrowed a neighbour's HDMI cable
>exaliftin colour and sharpness
I felt so fucking stupid
I had been playing blu ray off that thing too.
How many threads per day did you make on /g/ claiming it was placebo when you were just a dumbass?
Now i understand why everything gets called placebo on this board. Idiots that don't understand how technology works posting on a technology board.
> taking five years to realize I had to dust my PC myself otherwise it'll fuck itself
> if I saw dust flying out of it I'd just turn the fan speed to 100 and leave out on all night.
I thought everytime I saw that flying it was cleaning itself.
are these colours full or limited? How do I know which one I am using?
I have a dvi cable and not hdmi though my screen and card can into hdmi
OP here. Just to avoid any further confusion for anyone else just now realizing they may also have this problem:
I meant to say Nvidia CONTROL PANEL, not inspector. Use >>52622043 for reference.
If you don't see those options, your drivers are likely out of date.
>IT D-DIDN'T H-HAPPEN TO M-M-ME. YOU M-MUST BE L-LYING!
Not me, but a friend of mine:
>Sitting by his computer talking to other classmates on IRC and browsing the web
>Computer shuts down on it's own
>The fuck is this?
>Power plug probably came lose again
>Crawls down by the computer and checks that the power plug is connected on the computer's side
>It is connected, but the machine won't boot
>Hmmm... What's this switch?
>Flicks said switch
>Turns out it's the 110/220V switch on the PSU
>PSU immediately lets out a loud bang and sparks as his face is literally inches from it
>Also takes out the fuse
>Suffers from tinnitus for the rest of the evening
displayport too. if connected through dvi the option to change it isn't even there i think. at least not for me and my driver's are recent. it default to full rgb levels with dvi. as was said, hdmi & dp is a different story. not 100% how and if resolution factors into this.
>Trying out Ubuntu from within Debian Jessie
>decide to use Grub instead of making a usb/dvd
>add the ISO To the grub menu
>boot the iso
>decide to format everything on the hard drive
>obviously the iso is on the hard drive
>Linux partition and ISO destroyed
are you 100% retarded? this issue is hdmi / displayport only - as has been stated and linked in this thread numerous times by now. basically it was nvidia going: 'it's got hdmi, duh, must be an hdtv. those are 16-235. punch it in.'
>accidentally knock plugged soldering iron with elbow
>reflexively catch it
I had blisters for a week. Worst thing about these fuckers is that you don't feel the pain instantly, you have enough time to realise your fuckup before actually feeling it.
Running the command that plays the Zelda Theme Song. Anyone remember what it was?
That would have worked if you used easyBCD and set the iso to be loaded entirely in RAM. But it's a Windows only application.
I got a thinkcentre a50 and I was using it to connect some old IDE drives and salvage data and it would not boot or display anything so I spent two hours swapping around cables, jumpers etc before I realised CPU power was unplugged
>Recently bought new monitor
>Take it out of box because fuck it why not
>Tried forcing HDMI plug into USB slot of PC
>Did this for about 2 minutes
Lessons were definitely learned, thankfully.
I think frying was an exaggeration but he does have a point. If you know that everything works perfectly fine why chance it not working? This is the exact reason I find stable drivers and software and keep the installation media.
>check this on your desktop
>go to your htpc with its 1080p telly
>check range, it's on limited
>find hdmi true black setting, it was off
>adjust brightness and contrast with http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/
>can't quite get the dimmest black and brightest white to show but eh, good enough
>it's so much better now
>less 'vivid' but much easier to look at
I should've done this years ago