Ubuntu – Washed out/over saturated colors on Ubuntu 16.04


I have an Acer Aspire S5-371T Laptop than I recently bought and I have it dual-booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04, however I've noticed something strange with the colors in Ubuntu. I'm not the best at describing things but I believe the colors are either washed out or over saturated. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the same video in Windows 10 and Ubuntu (Note: My editing skills are really bad, ignore the fact that the windows screenshot looks smaller)

Windows 10 & Ubuntu Screen Comparison

I've tried multiple things, but nothing seems to work/fix it. The last thing I tried was use Intel Graphics Update Tool for Linux, but it gave some errors

Intel Graphics Tool Errors

Despite what it sounds like, I have mesa 17.0.7 already and it wants mesa 12.0.6. I don't even know if this is what I should be doing.

Any ideas on how to get my colors in Ubuntu to look normal would be appreciated.

Note: The color effect shows up in screenshots and applies to external monitors that I plug in. Also I think my previous laptop (Dell Inspiron 1525) had the same issue, but it was only really noticeable in screenshots)

Best Answer

Not sure if this works on 16.04 (as I'm using Pop_OS 20.04), but try changing the contrast of the display:

xgamma -gamma 0.95

Ranges go from 0 to 1, 0 being very dark, 1 being 'default'. I've found 0.95 to be closer to what I expect/had seen on windows.

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