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Display turns grayscale when watching Youtube videos - everything gray except the video itself?

real_cheep 331 139 April 27, 2014 at 01:11 PM
I've noticed that on one of my machines, when watching videos on Youtube, the entire display, except for the video itself, will turn grayscale. It happens in both Chrome and IE, but only on the external display, which is a 27" Acer. The machine in question is a Thinkpad x220 with integrated Intel graphics, and this "graying-out" of the background does not happen on the integrated laptop display. I would like to disable the setting that controls this behavior, but I can't figure out if it is a display driver setting, an OS setting, or where such a setting might be found.

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can you print screen to mspaint, save, and attach it?
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can you print screen to mspaint, save, and attach it?
Tried this, but when I paste into Paint, the "grayed-out" effect disappears, in other words, the background appears in full color
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that's a very strange issue. posting a picture wouldnt help at all since its likely an issue on OP's side, not youtubes. What type of cable are you using to connect the monitor to your computer? and is this issue only happening on youtube? or does it happen on all screens on your external monitor?
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gotcha.. nice...

video output HDMI, S-Video? SVGA? for testing, do you have the ability to try another video signal option to the monitor? I don't believe it to be a flash issue as it isn't the video that grays out, but everything else if I understand you correctly. and also doesn't happen on laptop display which would still be same flash version.

i don't think it is a system setting either, since it isn't happening universally to the system. do you have the driver downloaded and installed for your monitor, or just using the generic "Display Driver" (Generic PnP Monitor). If generic PnP, try installing the monitor driver from manuf website. never seen that really cause issues with exception of successfully detecting the vertical sync rate of the monitor, but worth a shot..
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OK sorry guys I figured it out - the monitor in question, an Acer B276HUL, has a setting to "Detect Video" which causes everything but the video to be grayed out. I found the answer in a review of the monitor on Amazon.
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Quote from morethanajew View Post :
that's a very strange issue. posting a picture wouldnt help at all since its likely an issue on OP's side, not youtubes. What type of cable are you using to connect the monitor to your computer? and is this issue only happening on youtube? or does it happen on all screens on your external monitor?
posting a picture was only in hopes of capturing what the OP is seeing displayed to his screen. to make sure I understood completely on what he was seeing. never said it was youtube's end. I just don't want to assume something of what OP is seeing if it can be avoided by capturing the view. but alas, he cannot.

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OK sorry guys I figured it out - the monitor in question, an Acer B276HUL, has a setting to "Detect Video" which causes everything but the video to be grayed out. I found the answer in a review of the monitor on Amazon.
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its likely a defective/bent pin in the cable being used or a fault in the driver installation for the graphics adapter. I would first try hooking up the monitor with a different cable to rule that option out. if that doesnt fix it, try uninstalling and reinstalling the graphics driver. if you are using the driver that comes from windows update, uninstall that and go to your computer manufacturers website, support, drivers and programs, and download the newest graphics drivers for your model computer.

well, i guess that could have been it too! glad you were able to get it working Smilie
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This just happened to me after upgrading to a 27" Acer, different model, but it started with the monitor replacement. Will try the fix tonight.
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