Hi all -- thanks to everyone for this thread. I'm loving the collective problem solving.
As I have been reading these forums I'm a bit overwhelmed by the possible options. There is not a works-for-all tech fix because people have different experiences with different hardware. The back and forth dialog is amazing, but leaves my head spinning with the options. I have been trying to piece it together but I'm a history major getting my ass kicked by all of the tech options. I use macs because they are plug and play.
I'm trying to create a summary and step by step process to go through to find a solution. I'm hoping this is helpful to other newbies entering this forum as well.
I'm imagining something like: 1.) Here are the options that seem to work for the most people (lap tops, monitors) 2.) Here are the modifications to make to your OS for those options.
Here is my summary so far. I'm wondering if any of the pros on this forum can offer advice, feedback and current best thinking.
There are many possible causes:
"For some a PWM free display might solve the issue, for some a higher refresh rate monitor will work, some will have a faulty graphics card that needs to be replaced"
- notebookcheck.net has reviews of laptops to see if the display uses PWM. (Heads up that the site's detail is overwhelming for the non-tech savvy (aka: me) )
Dithering.exe is an app that can remove dithering in PCs
- One post said "Dithering 1.11 - it is much better than 1.12+3"
- Another asked if dithering.exe worked with AMD machines
The Intel GPU seems to be the culprit for many.
- One solution is using older versions of Window. "These days I just use the oldest drivers possible on Window 10 version 2004 (driver version 126.96.36.19975) and I can use it without symptoms. Switching to the later Intel drivers either makes me dizzy, or triggers a migraine."
- Lap tops with G-sync are working for several people. The theory is that it forces the computer to bypass the integrated Intel GPU and connects to the discrete Nvidia GPU.
- The Omen 15-ek0005na works for some when it is switched into Discrete graphics mode. But that kills power saving and the machine is big, heavy and loud.
- Acer Predator laptop with Nvidia 1070, G-Sync support, and a PWM free matt screen. It also has Acer's proprietary Bluelight Shield.
- Lenovo Legion 5 Pro works for some, not for others.
It seems important to dig into the version of Windows and multiple settings in the display and others. But that's when things get past my depth, so of anyone wants to add info, please help.
Macs cause problems for most people in this forum.
- The new Macbook Air with the M1 chip worked for a few but didn't work for others.
- One post had good results with a Mac Mini with Asus 27" MX27UC monitor
- On other forums, several people reposted this (though it didn't work for me): System Preferences > Display > Color and then change the profile to sRGB or something other than P3. It will look quite over saturated but the working theory is that dithering is being used to approximate the P3 gamut, selecting sRGB may disable this.
External monitors have the same problem if the issue is the driver/dithering.
There is a partial discussion on G-Sync ready monitors and whether they are able to use the G-Sync work around.
Some discussion about how to use the G-sync work around with desktops
Monitors with NanoIPS cause a lot of people eye strain.
KSF red phosphor in the backlight is too vibrant, the red color is the main cause of eye strain
Switching to sRGB helped some
Others found the strain went away after about 2 weeks
That's what I've pulled together from this site. What have I missed?