How to Fix Color Problems on a Computer

by Joshua Duvauchelle

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

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 colors.

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 colors displayed.

Change the color quality settings on the computer's built-in video card. Changing these settings will typically solve most color 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 color option available. The higher the setting, the better. The highest possible setting for most monitors is the 32-bit color option. Click "OK" to implement the change.

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

Warning

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

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.