Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

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andrewnd New Member • Posts: 24
Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

Hi,

I've got a Spyder 2 express monitor calibration device that doesn't work with my current computer's setup (I've had a good look on the web - seems to be a fairly common problem with 64 bit windows 7 - emailed Spyder but basically it's not supported on this system).

However, I still have an old computer that the express does work on.

Can I calibrate the monitor on the old computer then transfer the calibration files to the new computer and still have a calibrated monitor? I'd be using the same monitor in both cases. Are profiles only dependent on the monitor or does the computer have an effect too? Is it simple to transfer the calibration?

Cheers,

Andrew

mbernard Senior Member • Posts: 1,080
Re: Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

You cannot do that. The problem lies in that the two computers use different GPUs and if you calibrate one display, the display profile is not suitable for the other.

Sailor Blue
Sailor Blue Veteran Member • Posts: 9,430
Re: Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

I recommend you update to a Spyder4Pro or Spyder4Elite since the software for those versions gives you graphical displays that help you manually adjust the monitor brightness, contrast, and individual RGB controls before the software finishes tweaking the settings.  Doing this manual adjustment gives you a better color calibration, and a much more stable one too.

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andrewnd OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

Thanks, I thought this might be an issue.

andrewnd OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

Thanks. Just a bit annoying that the 2 doesn't work on the current setup, makes he hesitant and frustrated to spend the money again.

data color New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Monitor calibration - single monitor and two computers

Hi,

Please note, that our Spyder2-products are officially not supported under Windows 7.

Furthermore, this 2nd generation sensor has been construced more than 10 years ago and is therefore no longer compatible with latest display technologies, such as LED-Backlight, Wide-Gammut and screens with a glossy surface as these just did not exist 10 years ago.

However, we tested the latest version of Spyder2Express (2.3.6) under Windows 7 and it worked when you deactivate the UAC. So, please download and install it from here:
http://support.datacolor.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/1445/88/spyder2express-236---win
Please keep in mind that this is not official supported

A Spyder4 would solve all your compatibility issues.

Best regards,

Datacolor Team

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