HDR10 in Windows 1903, Text Blurry/Not Correct

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  1. Posts : 98
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    HDR10 in Windows 1903, Text Blurry/Not Correct


    Hi, Ive just bought a HDR10 monitor (Benq) and Im connecting to a RTX 2080. Windows 10 is up-to-date. Im connecting via HDMI 2.0? i believe, though im not certain.

    When i turn HDR mode on in windows, the text becomes very difficult to read. As in its blurry and thinner than normal. Ive googled the problem and tried to mess around with cleartype?, but it made the problem a bit worse in some cases and i cant find a normal-ish setting. When i turn HDR mode off, windows looks very nice and its very readable.

    However, without HDR mode on in windows, i cannot play games in HDR mode. The obvious work around is to only flip on HDR mode when I want to game, but Im curious as to a proper fix for the text issue.

    Is there one? Ive read here on this site that you turn off windows HDR mode, and turn it on via the GPU software. However, when i tried this, COD WW2 didnt recognise the HDR monitor in the settings menu, for example.

    Thanks :)
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    Do you have profiles for your (unnamed) Benq monitor installed in the Color Management control panel? Some may be available for download, as part of a "display drivers" package. I have an LG 4K/HDR display, and installed their color profiles. (I have since done a calibration with an X-Rite device.) Hardware details in My Computer, System 1.

    Text should look a lot mor enormal when the display system is set up correctly.
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  3. Posts : 98
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    hi, thanks for replying :) i went to rtings and downloaded their colour profile for my benq ex2780q. However, it didnt change anything in windows? text is still a bit off
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  4. eLPuSHeR's Avatar
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    Do you have Displayport available? Try it instead of HDMI.
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  5. Posts : 98
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    Hi, thanks for replying. The benq has 1 DP, but didnt come with a display port cable. I'm going to have to order one. should i be ordering 1.4? or is 1.2 good enough?
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  6. bobkn's Avatar
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    As far as I know, there is no DP equivalent to the HDMI premium certification (18Gbps). But I think that you can get cables claimed to support DP 1.4 for cheap (Monoprice, for example), so you may as well.

    I'm not optimistic that a DP cable willl be better, but at least DP's market is coumputing, rather than TV.
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  7. bobkn's Avatar
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    Groggubus said:
    hi, thanks for replying :) i went to rtings and downloaded their colour profile for my benq ex2780q. However, it didnt change anything in windows? text is still a bit off
    Probably a stupid question:

    You have gone into Color Management and checked that the new profiles are set as the defaults?
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  8. Posts : 98
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    i believe so. :) thanks for the help btw!
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  9. bobkn's Avatar
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    You may need an HDR profile. Mine, using custom profiles:

    HDR10 in Windows 1903, Text Blurry/Not Correct-color_profiles.png

    When you add a profile, there's a check box for "Add as Advanced Color Profile". I wsih that I knew more about this, but documentation for it that's comprehensible to me seems hard to find.
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  10. Posts : 98
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    hi, ive done that. it doesnt seem to change anything, even after restarting? is windows 10 just not good at HDR? id rather turn it on and off then put up with this text issue.
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