Monitor Setup Menu

Color Bars fills the screen with colored stripes. Use the color bars to help you to check or adjust monitor brightness and contrast. The color bars also expose defects in horizontal linearity. Each color bar consists of 32 intensity levels. On a properly adjusted monitor, the top 31 of these levels are visible. Each bar should appear sharp, clear and distinct from bars on either side. Incorrect adjustment can cause missing detail at the top or bottom of a bar. Bent bars indicate horizontal linearity flaws, such as pie crust, pincushion or barrel distortion. (Correct color bar colors, left to right: Red, Green, Blue, Black, White, Cyan, Yellow, Violet.) Set controls as follows: 1. Adjust BRIGHTNESS and CONTRAST to minimum. 2. Turn up BRIGHTNESS until the pixels in the black stripe begin to glow (turn dark gray). 3. Bring up the CONTRAST control until you can see 31 bars.

Crosshatch Patterns fill the screen with a grid and a series of dots. Crosshatch Patterns help you to check or adjust several monitor parameters: These include convergence, linearity, active viewing area and dynamic focus. The grid and the dots should be all white in color, with no fringes or parallel images. The lines should be straight and the dots round. For more detail on these adjustments, consult service literature from the monitor manufacturer.

Color Screen tests fill the screen with 100% of the chosen color at normal intensity. The Color Screen tests help you to check or adjust monitor intensity, black level, blanking and color purity. Each screen should be absolutely uniform from top to bottom and side to side. No retrace lines or noise should be visible. Color Screens may not hold their uniformity if the monitor degaussing circuit is defective.

White, Gray and Black Screens fill the screen with black, gray or white at various intensities. These monochrome screens help you to check or adjust monitor convergence, purity, contrast and intensity. These screens also simplify black level and color gun control settings. The screens should be uniform with no color tints or distortion. No retrace lines or noise should be visible.

If tests indicate a need for adjustment, use controls on the Monitor Remote Adjustment Board.

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