Laptop contrast

nelles_gwJuly 13, 2011

I have had a Toshiba Satellite A660 for about 6 weeks. This is my first laptop. Just this week, I've noticed that the screen has poor contrast. For example, when I click on the start icon on the bottom, and the menu comes up, almost all the lettering is very faded, some impossible to read.

In my research, it appears that there is no way to adjust the contrast on laptops.

Is there something I can do?

TIA,

Ellen

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owbist

Perhaps it is as simple as moving the lid/monitor backwards or forwards slightly to gain the maximum effect?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 5:12PM
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nelles_gw

Thanks, owbist, that did help somewhat. I've got the lid as far back as it will go, and the colors are brighter. But the lettering on the start menu is still unreadable for the most part.

THanks again,
Ellen

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 5:35PM
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genes

Has anyone been experimenting with changing settings??? Wasnt dropped or banged.
If not and it is still difficult to read/faded etc it maybe a faulty laptop..I dont suppose you are trying to read it with the sun shining on the screen or something similar. Seems strange it would be fine for 5 weeks then suddenly go wierd for no reason

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 6:08PM
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kudzu9

Have you tried to raise or lower the screen brightness with the appropriate Function keys?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 6:12PM
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nelles_gw

Kudzu, it's not the brightness. It's the contrast. For example, when I go to Google, the search box is all faded out. I know it's there, and I can write in the search box, but the box is not visible.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 6:48PM
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kudzu9

I understood you said "contrast," but sometimes the brightness settings can mimic that, so I thought I'd mention it. I'm assuming this is new and still under warranty. I'd take it to the place you bought it, if local, or get on the phone with tech support. I've had several Toshibas and never had this issue. When you find out what is going on, it would be great if you could post again here. Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 9:42PM
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nelles_gw

Thank you, everyone, for your replies. Turns out there is a Toshiba menu that hides off on the left of the screen that I found super annoying - always popping up when I moved my cursor too far to the left. Anyway, there is a "settings" icon that I clicked on, and found all sorts of tuning bars that I used to correct my problem.

Thanks again for all your help,
Ellen

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 9:57AM
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kudzu9

Thanks for the update...glad to hear it was "easy." I wonder how it got out of whack in the first place.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 1:41PM
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