Directly Access Monitor Firmware?

How can you directly access the Monitor’s ‘Firmware’ (if it it refered to as ‘Firmware’)?? Are Nvidia programmers talented to the point that they know how to access the monitor’s ‘firmware’ and modify it, when 99.9% of the public knows (mentions) nothing of it? It is dangerous, yes, as Nvidia has shown, ‘messing up’ many users’ Monitors to almost an unusable state (mine included). I have urgently been looking for a way to see how the Nvidia drivers (control Panel) “Directly Accesses” the monitor to alter the ‘firmware’.
Any ideas?
I imagine that if I can ‘see’ what values the drivers’ ‘send’ to the monitor, I will be able to work with the problem and restore my monitor to a usable state deassembling/hex editing/etc. the drivers

I have a Sony HMD-A400, worked fine until the driver’s modified the monitor’s firmware and permanantly altered brightness levels. Permanently, it’s sad because it is so dim now.

It is highly unlikely that, via an analogue signal cable, anyone has “altered” your monitor’s “firmware”, if it even HAS any firmware.

It’s just your video settings.

Maybe it’s possible to replace AD board with another one. My LG L2320T supports 1920 * 1200 only through DSUB 15-pin analog connection. Max 1600 * 1200 by DVI. Instead of waiting for a new firmware from LG (which probably will never happen), maybe someday it’ll be cost-effective to get a new AD board for this L2320T (though it would look uglier than now.)

I’ll elaborate… when I say it’s your video settings… try another video card - best to try another COMPUTER entirely. If the problem goes away, it’s your video settings. If NOT, then the nVidia card may have in fact fried your monitor.

But I’m betting some game or program turned down your windows gamma settings.

AFAIK, no program can use the DB-15 analogue cable to “change monitor settings”, much less its firmware if it even HAS firmware which most do not.

A few years ago I worked for Mitsubishi subcontact manufacturing Iiyama monitors. As far as I can remember the DDC in monitors is read only. That way the video card can interigate it to find max resolutions and refresh rates etc.

To preprogram the ‘default’ settings we had to attach a seperate data cable onto the mainboard.

As stated above, I would check on another PC - If that still doesn’t work, there should be a ‘restore factory default’ somewhere in the monitor menu. If that doesn’t work, you have a very sick monitor!!

any help ?

Today, I too installed 81.95 Forceware and didn’t even mess with the settings, it defaulted my language on my monitor to Japanese, and when I went to change it to English, as soon as I selected English from the dropdown, it went dim… I didn’t see that coming. I’m kinda pissed, oh, I have a Sony HMD A400 19’’ too. WTF? I swapped the monitor to another pc and it still does it so obviously it’s nothing to do with my video card…

Friggin Lost.

A CRT Monitor (and TV) does have an EEPROM Chip that does contain your settings information. Generally this is not flashable or able to be altered in anyway shape or form. Installing Drivers (to your hard disc) eg Nvidia Forceware, will not and cannot ‘flash’ the monitors EEPROM. As abrown15 said it needs to be done using a specialised Data Cable as the VGA input only speaks to the Colour Drivers and Electron guns. Possibly the different languages store their own individual settings on different parts of the EEPROM - and your English is dying. From what I’ve read on the Sony HMD-A400 its a poor quality product that lasted 2 months for some and 2 years for others.

No they are not that talented, this is a profoundly uninformed statement. If Nvidia could magically screw up monitors with their drivers and did not provide a warning - the Lawsuits would kill them.

Well I’ve had mine for almost 5 years now and it’s the best monitor I’ve ever owned (By far my favorite). I have two roomates with 19" LCDs with high contrast ratios and fast response times and mine still beats the crap out of theirs. Point is, I just want it fixed…

Too late, the new drivers pushed it to it’s limits and it couldn’t take it anymore. Everybody tries to use an old or cheap monitor with a new
vid card and wonders why it breaks the monitor. Unfortunately it’s still
plug and pray!

It’s old but not ancient (Manu Aug 2001) but it was a $650 monitor so it wasn’t cheap by no means.