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09/04/2007 10:14:41 PM · #1
I recently bought the Spyder2express. Any help appreciated.

The instructions indicated to disable a number of things in the "Start Menu". I wasn't sure where to locate this but the folder I found seemed to have heaps of things - so I left it alone. I disconnected my virus scanner. Checked what settings I had on the monitor (it's a Diamond Digital 19 in LCD) - it seemed to only indicate a few basic settings (the brightness one seemed to be the one needed). I assume the video card (a Nvidia Geforce 6600) handles the rest ( I didn't touch it).

Loaded up the software - let it do it's thing with the spyder. It told me it indicated a Gamma program - although when I click on the Gamma program it wants to take me through the steps as if it has never been used. So I don't really know how to deactivete it.
Finished and told me it made a profile that is called "Spyder2express.icm" and would be set as default.

At the end it told me that "sRGB Color Space Profile" was empty - select profile from "Profile Chooser (1168)".

I opened Photoshop (CS2) - trying to see if there is any indication that the profile had taken. In the "Color Settings" I noticed it was on "North American Gen. Purpose". In the other dropdown menus - there is a "Monitor Color" and this shows a "Monitor color sRGB - Spyder2express". But the information (with photoshop) indicates this is "only for video or on screen presentations".
Should I leave this setting on "North American ---" or should I change it to "Monitor---" ?

Anyone had a fiddle with the Spyders (NOT the hairy -long legged variety - before anyone gets ideas)? Any help appeciated.
09/05/2007 08:32:12 AM · #2
bump for the day crowd
09/05/2007 06:44:47 PM · #3
Anyone ??
09/05/2007 07:30:37 PM · #4
Hey Terry, I've been using the S2E for a few years now and my CS2 has always been set to "North American Gen Purpose". Seems to work fine for me...
09/05/2007 07:37:37 PM · #5
Thanks Dave
Do you disable things (when you are using the spyder) in your "Start menu" ? - if so - what and how ?

Message edited by author 2007-09-05 19:38:42.
09/05/2007 08:00:24 PM · #6
I have the Spyder2 Pro so things will be a bit different I assume. There are several things that should be constant though.

1. If you have Adobe Gamma or any Gamma program running, you probably want that not to run. The point of the calibration is to let the monitor do its thing.

2. You are going to run through the Spyder calibration process and it is ultimately going to create a Monitor Profile for you. That file is going to be stored in C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color as a .ICM file. The file in your case is Spyder2express.icm.

3. Right-click on a blank area of your desktop to open the Display properties window. Go to Settings (tab) > Advanced (button) > Color Management (tab), you should see your profile not only listed but set as the Current Default Monitor Profile. This is what ProfileChooser does for you. Sets the Default Profile.

4. Now that you have your Profile running, your monitor is showing true colors based on your calibration. In your Editing programs, leave the setting as sRGB for the monitor profile because that's the color space where the output is going to (i.e., the web browser).

Once your profile is set to open automatically each time your computer restarts, your "Profile is empty" message should go away.

That's the basics as I understand it.
09/05/2007 08:04:39 PM · #7
Originally posted by Tajhad:

Thanks Dave
Do you disable things (when you are using the spyder) in your "Start menu" ? - if so - what and how ?


My Startup only has ColorVisionStartup. If you have Adobe Gamma, right click on it and select Delete. It won't delete the program, it will just remove it from running everytime you start your computer.

SP2Pro, or maybe more specifically the ColorVisionStartup, has a little popup when your computer starts that says the Profile was installed successfully. You should notice that just before and just after that message your screen will change it's color and/or brightness. That's the difference between your normal uncalibrated monitor and the calibration profile kicking in.
09/05/2007 08:19:37 PM · #8
Thanks guys - that makes it a little clearer.
09/06/2007 12:24:54 PM · #9
Originally posted by Tajhad:

Thanks guys - that makes it a little clearer.


Ditto! My Spyder 2 seemed to do a great job of creating a profile that could not be used. Setting the default profile per rkligman's instructions worked perfectly.
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