I am ready to scream!

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I am ready to scream!

Of course, if I scream it will wake my husband and baby up.

Ugh. So I'm trying to get my Spyder2 Express working. Stupid Vista doesn't recognize the device, says I need a driver. Duh. So I browse to the driver folder, and it doesn't like the x86 driver. Well, of course not, I'm running a 64bit OS.

Submitting a trouble ticket now, but I'm so upset. I want to be calibrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I waited until I had a quiet house with no one to bug me to do this, and now it won't work.

The software itself hung during install, and I'm wondering if important files didn't get copied. If you're running Spyder2 Express and you have Vista, can you peek in your program files and tell me if you have a folder for drivers other than amd64 and x86? Thanks!

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That is why I run XP.

Hope you get it figured out.

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I'm going blind from searching for answers ...

and it turns out that it might not even work right on my monitor, as it has a glossy surface. ugh.

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Vista is such a big mess. I think if you can install XP in your system you are better off with that.

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I finally figured out (knock on wood) how to get my calibration to work on vista on my new laptop. Doesn't sound like the same issue you're having though. I hope you can get it to work! I hate Vista.

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I am waiting on Windows 7 ... I get a free upgrade to it since this is a new computer.

Anyhow, I rebooted and tried again (it's almost 1am, my eyes are sooooooooooooooo tired now!) and got it to work.

So I'm calibrated, I guess. There's not much of a difference, which is frustrating to me since I spent the money. It's a brand new computer with an awesome monitor. I had made a couple of tweaks manually with the monitor before calibrating (but reset to factory settings per Spyder instructions) ... and it looks like the post-calibration shot has about the same changes as my manual ones.

I'll see in the morning with less tired eyes. I'm not about to open any of my photos right now, my bed is calling (rather loudly) for me.

However, I did load the profile chooser app, so hopefully Vista will actually load my profile after the next reboot.

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Just seeing this! Glad you finally got it to install and run correctly! I am anxious to see the difference that you see in your pics. Do you mind posting some before and after pics?

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well, to me the colors really don't seem different. I haven't done much playing around yet. I'm in the middle of several non-photography projects (scrapbooking and sewing). I need to jump back into my cake smash edits though.

I calibrated my laptop this afternoon, and the difference there was totally noticeable! went from being rather cool to warm. but I got used to it really fast.

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That's a GOOD thing if there isn't a difference. My stuff looks completely different when I calibrate.

I'm sorry it took so long to work for you, but glad you've got it on now!

Lots of love Gwen!

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You are lucky, I TOTALLY gave up on calibrating my monitor with the sypder 2 express (and vista). The change was way too dramatic to be correct.. i know this because I looked at other people's work who are known for their good PP editing and their pics looked waaaay too saturated and yellow and red like mine did.. when it's uncalibrated I think it's actually pretty right on, I know this because I got my test prints back from WHCC and they were only a tiny bit different than my screen, really not much at all.

Also, skintones that looked right to me I verified by the percentages of C M & Y in photoshop and my uncalibrated monitor was much closer than when it was calibrated.

That was a huge waste of a few days right there..

I'm glad yours seemed to go better than mine!