Calibrating monitor

Hi all,
I just got a new 17" flat panel computer monitor (Cornea 1704). I'm having the hardest time figuring out how to calibrate it...every time I get one setting where I want it, it throws off one of the other setrtings. Now, I'm getting a headache from looking at a screen that's so messed up. Does anyone have one of these? The available settings range from 1-100, and are as follows:

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Thanks in advance, as always, for your help.

As a general rule with any non self calibrating monitor, you should start with your contrast at 100%, and then take the brightness down to where you like it. Color should have presets like 5000, 6500, or 9000. The lower the number the warmer your display becomes. 5000 is the standard for pre-press work and is considered "printing paper white." I generally keep mine set there or 6500.
If your puter has a DVD drive in it, you can use the Avia or Video Essentials video calibration disc to set up your monitor. Some controls will inter-act with each other, so you may have to jog back and forth a few times to find a good blend. Keep in mind that ambient room light will have a major affect on your settings. Sean
Actually, the color presets aren't labeled, except as "preset 1" and "preset 2". I'm not sure if those are 5000 and 6500, or what. The manual gave me no indication. In any case, I just have these 0-100 ratings for the categories I listed above. I cranked up the contrast all the way and lowered brightness considerably...that seems to be the opposite of TV calibration, where contrast is often quite low. I'll see if I can get a hold of one of the disks Sean recomended. Thanks, guys.

Are you going to be using this monitor for color critical situations, or are you just trying to get it set up so it has acceptably natural color, brightness and contrast and is easy on the eyes?

I'll guess that it's the later, because LCDs aren't good for pre-press color work. I work with color calibrated monitors everyday at work, and the most we'd use an LCD for is as a palette monitor or for page layouts.

If you're just trying to get natural color, I think Sean makes an interesting suggestion. I've always had a mental separation between what I do at work and my audio and video systems at home, but using the Video Essentials on your computer monitor may do the trick.

Have you tried the two presets and what was the result? If they are temperature settings for 5000 kelvin and 6500 kelvin, you'd probably want to set that first before adjusting brigthness and contrast. The tempertature settings will influence the brightness and contrast settings. I use 5000K at work, but for general use 6500K might be better. I have a Barco RefCal at work that has a built-in colorimeter and calibration software, so I dont' even have to think about these things any more. The Radius Pressview I use at home has a detachable colorimeter, but with the older software all the brightness and contrast settings had to be done manually and by eye.

If there is any way to reset your monitor to it's default settings do so. Check to see also if your monitor allows you to set the gamma. A gamma setting of 1.8 is usual for rmost work, especially print work. Anything higher is usually for the web or TV. Pe3046 gives good advice about starting at 100% and working your way down. Sometimes, the default settings for brightness will be set at 100%. That's how it worked with the Pressview. Start with brightness first and back it down until it's comfortable for you without losing too much detail on your screen. Next take a look at contrast. Sometimes it has a middle setting which allows you to retrieve any brightness lost when you backed down it down. Make sure not to over do it as to lose detail in the highlights and shadows.

Adjusting RGB can be a tricky thing. Values range from 0-255. 0 being darkest and 255 being lightest. When working through Adobe Photoshop sometimes to remove color casts I set the curves midtone to a value of 128 for all three colors and click it on a medium gray. A way this might help you is bring up a document on your screen that you know has a neutral gray even if isn't medium gray and adjust your RGB so the gray looks neither warm or cool. Try to make small moves. Reducing the value of the red channel will actually make the image look redder, while reducing blue. Adding red will do the opposite. Reducing green will make the image look greener or yellower. Increasing green will have the opposite effect. And reducing the blue channel will make the image look bluer and slightly more red, while reducing yellow. Very confusing, but something to keep in mind when you start moving all those slidders or turning those knobs and aren't sure why the colors are getting all out of wack.

Hopefully you won't need to go through all of this and Sean's idea works the best. Good luck.