I am working on upgrading a friends computer. He has PhotoShop, InDesign,
etc. I took his computer home to upgrade it, and only took the "box" (no
monitor or other peripherals) to my shop. I noticed while going to
Microsoft's Windows Update web site 9to get latest XP Pro upgrades) that the
text was practically unreadable, yet other web sites appear to display jsut
fine.

Then I learned about this Adobe Gamma thing - apparently it calibrates to a
specific monitor. Could this be the problem I'm having when I hook his box
up to my monitors (I've actually tried a couple different monitors of mine
and it still doesn't display the microsoft site very well)? Or when I take
it back will it work fine with his monitor?

Or, by some quirk - is it a bad video card (but bench test show the video
card should be just fine)?