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My Spyder calibration software is behaving oddly.... Ideas please?


jimthistle73 e2
10 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2013 8:07PM
Evening all. I've been using a Spyder 2 calibrator for years without any problems. Recently, the software loads on starting the computer, tells me the screen has been calibrated (screen goes dark) and then it seems to be 'overridden' and the screen lightens up to the uncalibrated appearance. Tried a few more calibrations - all in the usual darkened room but no joy.

Any ideas on what I could check would be much appreciated, ta!

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GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
22 Feb 2013 10:59PM
There were frequently problems a few years back with the calibration data being knocked out in various ways by Vista. I think Datacolor dropped support for the Spyder 2 with Windows 7?

Anyway, if this is happening at startup it's possible the OS is loading an alternative default profile (the calibration data is tagged to the profile). So digging around in colour management settings and making sure the correct profile is associated with your monitor is one idea. Graphics drivers have also been known to override calibration settings. Disabling competing apps at startup or altering the order they load is another possible fix.

The Spyder 2 is adjusting the white point and gamma at startup, but the brightness you likely need to dial in yourself when you calibrate.
jimthistle73 e2
10 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2013 11:33AM
Thanks GlennH. The machine in question is Windows 7, and the issue did start after a recent update. I'll drop them (Spyder) an email and see what they say.


Quote:Anyway, if this is happening at startup it's possible the OS is loading an alternative default profile (the calibration data is tagged to the profile).


I'm certain this is what's happening, but don't know how to tell it to load my chosen profile. I've checked the startup items and there's nothing obvious - only the essentials.
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
23 Feb 2013 3:37PM
Windows 7 has its own LUT loader, which may cause conflict - this page may help.

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