Samsung 226BW 22": 3000:1 Contrast, 2ms response time

Feb 25, 2005
Have you been able to successfully use magic bright software? I keep getting the 'not supported' message on any system I install it on. Well, at least they have the second button on the monitor for quick settings for text/internet/movies.


May 3, 2007
I've connected the 226BW to my new laptop (a Toshiba A200-23M) as an extrenal LCD through the VGA port - the only one tha laptop has. I notice a very annoying flickering on the Samsung that stops the moment I unplug the power supply cable from the laptop.

My theory says it's the electromagnetic interference responsible for the flickering. I tried to put further the PSU that came with the computer (almost 1.5m away now) but it doesn't seem to make a difference...Any ideas?


Jan 5, 2008
I just swapped my 204B Syncmaster out (20.1 in) for the 22 in 226BW that everyone is talking about. I went through the same uncertainty trying to figure out what is so bad about the "bad" ones and what is so good with the "S" panels. I was dreading picking it up (it was a direct swap from Samsung at their suggestion which I agreed to after research). Well I got it hooked up and the first thing my friend and I thought was hmmm.... a bit what's the word? washed out. But it didn't look bad, just "off" somehow. I figured it was just the colors and would have to fiddle with it.

I am typing to you 10+ hours later after fiddling with it to get it the way I want or should have it. First thing is I am running 2 x GT KO 7900 Geforce cards SLI setup. I don't know if that's relevant to MagicTune working (or in my case not working) or not. I installed/uninstalled every single download they had of MagicTune. No luck with MagicTune. I read the posts that suggested turning off background processes and start up programs. I did that, but I may have neglected one final try at that. I digress. I gave up on MagicTune. At this point I had hosed my contrast/brightness all to hell with my Nvidia Control Panel messing around (I did not see the restore default link at the top right... doh). So with terrible black desktop and distorted colors at this point I was feeling discouraged.

I was actually trying to pull up the hidden status menu that tells you what monitor you're dealing with. I don't know what any of you experienced, but my manual monitor controls would not allow me to change brightness/contrast and some color calibrations. I am assuming this would be due to MagicTune somehow, but I'm not sure. I was getting somewhat freaked out thinking that if I can't change it on the monitor and I can't calibrate it with software I'm f*xx0red. I think after I hosed everything up and uninstalled MagicTune for the umpteenth time I managed to be able to change brightness/contrast which you need to bring up hidden menu.

I found out later I had an A panel if I am to believe a post from someone who claims to know the difference between the last digits of CLA vs. CAA. Anyhow, after reading a very lengthy article (one of many) someone broke down an in depth analysis of how MagicTune works and how NATURAL COLOR works and they mentioned OSD as well. The reason Natural Color is in caps is because the article said it was possibly better than MagicTune albeit somewhat comparable. When MagicTune doesn't work you don't have too many options aside from (in my case Nvidia) and your monitor manually (if it works). That for someone like me is very hard. Knowing where to stop with color changes all manually is a bit daunting.

After all my messing around I used a combination of only Natural Color (which has you squint your eyes and get red, green & blue to a very specific contrast) & the manual monitor functions. I also read up on some of the features of the monitor like MagicColor which can add various kinds of vibrancy to the monitor. I believe although i could make changes with Nvidia Control Panel in my case I didn't use it because I switched back to defaults after hosing it up.

You're probably wondering what the end result of all this crap is.. It's gorgeous! The black is black as the abyss and the colors are yummy. One guy was describing the different "MagicColor" on board OSD settings None, Demo, Full & Intelligent. You have to play with them to see for yourself. The guy who posted about it said Full was too intense and made colors seem to bleed and that intelligent was less intense, but ultimately if you wanted everything set up in a very specific way to not use them. BS. There are differences between them, but in my case I find Full to be my setting of choice. Colors just pop at you crisply but no bleed whatsoever. Clarity is there in full.

I didn't follow someone else's guide on how to calibrate a certain way I just figured it out. I believe I have it where I want it. I suppose someone could come along and show me how much clearer I could make it, but I'd be surprised. It's very very nice. And if the post I read about which panel is which is correct I have A. I love it. Just food for thought in rambling I stayed up all night fashion.

My new 226Bw is also refurbished and my warranty is up in about 2-3 months. I can't complain though I had my Syncmaster 204B for nearly 3 years and just got a tiny row of dead pixels but otherwise the monitor was working great. This is an awesome exchange as long as it holds up. I absolutely love it. Just get your hands dirty and figure it out. I'm sure there may be bad monitors, but I imagine most of these can just be calibrated like mine was. Good luck!


Oct 20, 2008
Does anyone know if the LCD panel from a Sceptre X22wg-Gamer will swap to this display?

M220EW01 v0 is the panel from the sceptre. I'm trying to find either unit with a busted display to try and make use of the perfectly fine panel I have. So if anyone has one for sale feel free to PM me.



Limp Gawd
Dec 23, 2003
Can someone link me to the post where the Spyder2 profile was posted and what brightness/contrast to use with it?

All I've read so far online is to set the S panel to the internet mode which helps a lot IMO.

Thanks in advance! PM me please


Limp Gawd
Mar 26, 2006
i just bought this 22bw off of a friend for $100 and i was trying to figure out which version it is but as others have said the sticker on the back didint have any model type on it, and the service function menu didint have it either..

version: M-ME22W0BDA-1003

* X-xxxxxxxDx-xxxx: CMO panel.

isnt the CMO panel the worst?
what can i do to calabirate the colors and make everything look like it should?
i already downloaded a color profile and switched that around but other than that nothing else....


Sep 17, 2007
M-ME22H0CAA 1002 does not = S panel.

Mine is M-ME22H0CAA 1002 in the menu but inside says Chimei