Blurry images

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Max C., Sep 18, 2005.

  1. Max C.

    Max C. Guest

    OK, I've searched all over the net and the newsgroups and can't find an
    answer to this one anywhere. I hope someone here has experienced this.

    I have 2 computers, one in my shop (we'll call it PC #1) and one at home
    (PC #2.) The one at home is where I do most of my color corrections,
    resizing and what-have-you. About a month ago I was installing a USB
    2.0 controller in PC #2 and the drivers for it fried my OS installation.
    I finally got PC #2 up and running again sans the USB 2.0 hardware. I
    reinstalled Photoshop and all of my other programs and everything
    appeared to be OK... except for one thing. Photos (and only photos...
    not text) appear slightly blurry not only on the monitor but also when I
    print them out from PC #2. It doesn't matter which program I use to
    view or print them. The results are always slightly blurry.

    I have even taken a file from PC #2 that printed blurry and copied it to
    CD to take over to PC #1. Along with that file I took the printer from
    PC #2 and moved it to PC #1. So, I'm printing the same file on the same
    printer just on a different computer and it prints out crystal clear.
    So, I know it's not a problem with the file or the printer. I have also
    tried a different printer with different drivers on PC #2 and still got
    blurry results.

    I've also tested the RAM thinking that perhaps it was going bad. I
    replaced the RAM in PC #2 with that from PC #1. I still had blurry
    pics.

    Is there some sort of all-controlling image driver on PCs that I don't
    know about? I feel like I've tried everything that can be tried.
    Thanks for any input you may have.

    Max.
     
    Max C., Sep 18, 2005
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  2. Max C.

    Mark² Guest

    Max C. wrote:

    This is a case where you clearly have what is known as a Gremlin.
    I'd suggest talking to a priest.
    :)
     
    Mark², Sep 18, 2005
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  3. Max C.

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Bizarre. Possible that you wear your glasses at home but not at work?

    Ken
     
    Ken Weitzel, Sep 18, 2005
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  4. Max C.

    Max C. Guest

    Bizarre. Possible that you wear your glasses at home but not at work?
    Heh... nope. I've had other people there with me during all of this
    that confirmed what I was seeing.

    Max.
     
    Max C., Sep 18, 2005
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  5. Max C.

    Mark² Guest

    That's not the issue.
    They are PRINTING blurry, too.

    Monitors would have no effect on prints when using the same file.
     
    Mark², Sep 19, 2005
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  6. Max C.

    ASAAR Guest

    Monitors wouldn't, but Microsoft in the past used routines in
    video drivers to support printing. When people had Windows
    computers crashing when the tried to print something, one of the
    first suggestions was to try using plain VGA settings. If that
    cured the crashes, keep modifying (improving) the driver settings
    until printing problems return, then back off to the last setting.
    And of course try to download and install the latest video driver.
    This may not be the cause of the OP's problem but it's worth trying
    if nothing else helps. I suspect the problem is based on something
    different in the way the printer is configured for the OS. If so,
    printing to a disk file and then outputting the file to the other
    computer's printer (both ways) might prove that this is the source
    of the problem.
     
    ASAAR, Sep 19, 2005
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  7. Max C.

    Max C. Guest

    Correct. I run at 1024 X 768 typically, but like you said, it's not
    only a monitor issue. This didn't start happening until I tried
    installing that blasted USB 2.0 card. That's what I get for buying the
    cheapest card I could find.
     
    Max C., Sep 19, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    I can't think of a reason why otherwise sharp photos would print
    blurry and look blurry on the monitor on one system, and not another.
    Try copying one image file from the "sharp" system to the "blurry"
    system, and see how it looks and prints, and let us know.
     
    Bill Funk, Sep 19, 2005
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  9. Max C.

    Max C. Guest

    I can't think of a reason why otherwise sharp photos would print
    The same set of images are on both systems. They are all shot from the
    same Nikon camera. I have even used the same printer and printer
    drivers on both systems. I've copied images from PC 1 to 2 and from 2
    to 1. No matter which direction I go, it's always blurry on PC 2 and
    clear on PC 1.
     
    Max C., Sep 19, 2005
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  10. Max C.

    Max C. Guest

    Monitors wouldn't, but Microsoft in the past used routines in
    Now this sounds like exactly what I was imagining the problem to be.
    I'll give that idea a shot and get back to you.

    I have to say, though that I have my doubts. Just last week we replaced
    the video card. I would have thought that a new video card with new
    drivers would do pretty much what you're suggesting, but I'll give it a
    shot anyway.

    Thanks.
     
    Max C., Sep 19, 2005
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  11. Max C.

    Stacey Guest


    Same OS on both machines?
     
    Stacey, Sep 19, 2005
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    SteveB Guest

    I would say it's a Photoshop corruption problem. Try Qimage for printing,
    there's a demo available.
     
    SteveB, Sep 19, 2005
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  13. Maybe you are viewing and printing the thumbnail and not full image?
     
    David J Taylor, Sep 19, 2005
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  14. Max C.

    Mark² Guest

    Just for clarity...I'm not the guy with the blur problem...that's Max C.
    :)
     
    Mark², Sep 19, 2005
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  15. OK, I meant OP and nothing personal against you.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Sep 19, 2005
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  16. Max C.

    Mark² Guest

    It didn't matter--just wondered if you knew.
    :)
    It would take more than that for me to feel umbrage to any degree...
     
    Mark², Sep 19, 2005
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  17. Yes, it was a simple mistake in attribution, rather than me think you
    wouldn't produce sharp images!
    Glad to hear it!

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Sep 19, 2005
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    That makes no sense at all. Monitors are not capable of infinite
    resolution. They are limited by dot pitch for CRTs and by the number
    of LCDs and by the response of the electronics.
     
    Ray Fischer, Sep 20, 2005
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  19. Max C.

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Are you sure the CPU and memory clocking settings in the bios are correctly
    set? Try more conservative ones?
     
    Ed Ruf, Sep 20, 2005
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