Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro query

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Michael J Davis, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Please forgive x-posting; but not sure where to ask this. (And yes, I
    have tried Google - all I can find are sale offers!)

    Nearly two years ago I purchased Datacolor's Spyder 3Pro CMS. I run it
    on a Dell Dimension 3100 WinXP Pro with a Viewsonic VP201s monitor. It
    all works for me.

    Now for the problem/query.

    For our photo club I have installed a British program called DiCentra.
    This enables me to compile photo-competitions and then run them on the
    club's machine and projector. (It works brilliantly, and I recommend it: )

    However it has its own colour management system; and so when I've run it
    on my computer and exit it, it fails to replace the Spyder profile. So I
    have to enter the task list and switch calibration Off, and then On

    Not a big deal, but I decided to try to check where the calibrated
    driver is kept. And I can't find it!! I stored the calibration set,
    named: VP201s_20101023 with Spyder software but I cannot find it stored
    anywhere on my computer (I've even been through hidden files dated with
    the last calibration date)!

    Where is the Spyder calibration data stored on my computer, please?

    (And why is there absolutely no helpful information on the Datacolor

    Michael J Davis, Dec 27, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Not something I know anything about, but you might find the file by
    checking the process that uses it with Process Explorer
    which shows the files each process has open.
    Rob Morley, Dec 27, 2011
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  3. Thanks Rob! What an interesting program!

    It could be really useful. Sadly, here I'm unable to see any reference
    to the named calibration set within the running program.

    But thanks again for the intro to that utility.

    Michael J Davis

    All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
    - Richard Avedon - 1984
    Michael J Davis, Dec 28, 2011
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    me Guest

    I don't have an XP machine any longer to even check and it will
    probably be a function of the SW used that came with the Spyder.
    Two quick options come to mind.

    1. e-mail or otherwise contact tech support and ask your question.
    2. rerun the program and see where it wants to store the profile.
    me, Dec 28, 2011
  5. Yes, probably the best!
    Tried that, it doesn't seem to inform me... ;-)


    Michael J Davis, Dec 28, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    It may be stored in the Windows Registry - you could try searching
    for the profile name or any strings it you know it contains using
    Rob Morley, Dec 28, 2011
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    me Guest

    By default the for color profiles in XP would be

    usually in the systemroot\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color folder
    me, Dec 29, 2011
  8. Thanks for that.

    Even if I found it (I had a quick, but unsuccessful look), I fear I'm
    out of my depth, so will wait for the software supplier's answer.

    Michael J Davis, Dec 30, 2011
  9. Thanks Rob, I couldn't find it - even with me's help; so I've decided
    that I won't go any further for now.

    But thanks for the responses!

    Michael J Davis, Dec 30, 2011
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    royphot Guest

    In order to get your display to start using your Spyder Profile again
    do :-
    Right click on an empty area of the screen > Left click
    "Properties" > click "Settings" tab > Click "Advanced" > click
    "Color Management" > select your Spyder Profile set it as Default and

    Profiles are stored in XP in C > Windows > System 32 > Spool >
    Drivers > Color. Their file names often seem unrelated to their use,
    but Right clicking and going to the middle tab in Properties will
    often help.

    I have only just returned from holiday and found this thread.

    royphot, Jan 8, 2012
  11. Thanks, actually the problem wasn't with manual resetting (I click on
    the Spyder icon in the toolbar, and deselect and reselect.)
    Thank you, Roy! That's *exactly* where they are!

    I presume that they are in some way hidden from the search function -
    even though I'd told it to look for hidden files! Now I can discuss with
    the software producer why the correct profile is not being re-accessed
    on exit.

    Michael J Davis, Jan 8, 2012
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