How to Fix Color Problems on a Computer

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How a computer displays colours and graphics affects your computer usage and how you view websites, pictures and movies. Most monitors are able to display thousands of colours to represent the true shades and hues of an image. However, default settings on computer monitors occasionally display colours inaccurately. Learn how to fix colour problems on a computer in order to get the most out of your computer's multimedia and graphics.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Check that the cable connecting the computer monitor with the computer tower is securely attached. The cable ends should be securely screwed into the respective hardware. Loose cables may result in the monitor displaying inaccurate colours.

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    Use the buttons on the front of the monitor to adjust its contrast and brightness levels. Review the manual from the monitor's original manufacturer if you are unsure of how to change these settings. Unusually high or low contrast and brightness levels can distort the colours displayed.

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    Change the colour quality settings on the computer's built-in video card. Changing these settings will typically solve most colour display problems on a computer. Click the "Start" menu button in the lower left-hand corner of your screen and select "Settings," then open the control panel. Double-click the "Display" icon. Click the "Settings" tab. In the drop-down menu listed under "Color Quality," select the highest colour option available. The higher the setting, the better. The highest possible setting for most monitors is the 32-bit colour option. Click "OK" to implement the change.

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    Consider installing a new computer monitor. Some monitors lose their ability to properly display colours over the course of time. Older monitors are especially affected by such changes. If the above steps do not assist in fixing colour problems on the computer, test your computer tower with a new monitor to isolate whether or not the monitor is the main issue.

Tips and warnings

  • Unshielded speakers and other magnetic interference can sometimes cause discolouration on your computer monitor.

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