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Understanding your Monitor


Viewing the Photo Gallery may require some adjustment to your monitor. Here are a couple of tips.

Michael Moore says "Tell people to remember to set their monitors to "millions of colors." It took me a minute to figure out that the pictures were looking splotchy on my Mac because I had my monitor set to 256 colors."

Jim Matysek adds "Things are likely to be fairly different for Macs and PCs." Jim thinks "Macs in general are much better in this area. For reference, my PC is set for 256 colors, and the pictures still look great. I don't have enough memory to go to a higher color setting and keep a reasonable screen resolution (also it slows things down). Changing color settings or resolution on a PC will also be different depending on whether you use Windows 3.1, 95 or NT."

This page will be expanded as other people make suggestions. If anyone knows of a web site that provides a color test screen and tips on adjusting monitors, please tell us.


The Morikami web site includes a feature called "frames" which is not highly unusual, but also not common in web sites. They have certain implications which are worth discussing. The key issue is "What is the resolution at which your monitor is set?" (See Monitor Resolution for more information.) You have heard terms like CGA, VGA, and super VGA. These are terms the press uses to identify resolution. Resolution is measured in terms of rows of height and characters of width and the unit of measurement is the pixels. The common measurements are these:

To change the resolution on your PC under Windows 95, take the following steps:

  1. Start
  2. Settings
  3. Control Panel
  4. Display
  5. Settings
  6. Desktop Area, move the bar that says "Less......More", selecting the desired resolution.
  7. Click OK
  8. Click yes

Frames on the Morikami web site are helpful provided that resolution is at least 800×600, or even better 1024×768. If you prefer (or can only use) 640×480 resolution, then you'll be better off browsing the Morikami site without frames.

Photographs on our web sites are best viewed at 1024×768. They may be partially cut off when viewed at lower resolution.

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