I am still recovering from a motherboard failure that happened in December. It's been weeks and I am still working on re-installing and re-assembling all the parts: 2 monitors, multiple external drives, re-install software, etc., a mayor PITA. Last year I bought a Dell U2410 as my main monitor (Resolution is now 1920x1200). My new computer (HP Pavillion HPE) allows me to use a HDMI cable (one that supports 1080p) to connect the monitor, whearas before I had to connect with a DVI-d cable. (I don't know if that makes a difference) My new system has a NVIDIA Geforce GT 520 with cuda graphics card (what ever that means), I am using Windows 7. I am also using an 8 year old Dell 2001FP as my second monitor, connected with the DVI-d cable. I have a Spyder 3 and I am ready to start calibrating the monitors with my new system. My observation before even starting the calibration is that the colors on my 8 year old Dell are so much more pleasing than on the new U2410. As a preset on the U2410 monitor, I've picked Adobe, because it looked the best of all presets. I have turned the brightness down to 25%, because I remember those settings from my old system. I have a test image file and a test print from Mpix, to help be find a starting point. I am trying to make my monitor look like the test print as much as possible, but it is really hard. I hate the way the U2410 displays the test image. The colors are washed out, the blacks are too whimpy. Now I really don't know where to start. I assume that just running the Spyder 3 software and calibration on the baseline ugliness that is being displayed is not going to make the colors on the U2410 look good. Any tips would be appreciated. I would not know where elso I could get some ideas. Thanks.