Hopefully this hasn't been answered in depth or anything, if it has, please feel free to link me, slap my wrists and let this drop off the front page quickly...
I've read Rene's sticky thread, and amidst getting confused I'm still thinking that what I have is a problem that's not quite the normal.
I have two seperate PC's, one using an old Princeton 17" CRT, the other using a Suyama 19" TFT. These show drastically different versions of the same image. This isn't suprising really...
Now, I have my own printers here, a multi purpose Epson and a Canon iP4200, but they rarely get used for anything to do with printing my photos. As and when I do print I take them to work and run them through the minilab. Or get them commercially printed, converting to CMYK in PS at the time. The minilabs, and indeed those of the whole company are calibrated each morning. The machine (Fuji Frontiers) prints out what can best be described as a colour and B&W test strip, and there's a calibrating device on top of the machine that readjusts the settings if anything's out. There are also setups done every time a new load of paper is put in. The head office also runs a service for posters which is currently proving quite useful and does I think try and set the printers for these to similar settings.
How do I get both screens/PC's set up so a) they look the same (or same as can be given they're different designs), and b)so I know that the settings at which they arrive will match the results I'll get back from my minilabs and poster printers (commercial printers onto CMYK seem to follow closely the results of the minilabs here)?
I'm guessing a calibration tool is going to come into it somewhere, but don't they work by adjusting your screen to suit a print from your printer at home? I've currently got a Spyder 2 and a Pantone Huey saved at work ready to buy but I know nothing of them or this problem really, so bow to your advice.
Many thanks for any help in advance, and once again apologies if this has ben covered already. The setting up to suit occasional third party printers seems to be something I can't find reference to.