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Replacement LCD

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the LCD panel on my Inspiron 9300 has begun to show several defects. It has gotten to the point where I've decided to replace the panel, as it's pretty much unusable in its current state.

My current panel is a 17" WUXGA panel with an anti-reflective coating. It looks really nice, but the resolution really is too high for a 17" panel. So, I've decided to replace it with a WXGA+ panel instead. As the Inspiron 9300 supports both panel sizes, I should be able to swap them out without incident.

I've found a WXGA+ panel, via eBay, through a reseller in New Hampshire. They claim the panel will work with an Inspiron 9300. I've confirmed that it is a Samsung display that Dell uses, so it should work. If it doesn't, I can return the panel, but only after paying a restocking fee. So, hopefully the replacement will go without a hitch. I've also purchased an extended (3 years) warranty for the panel, in case it develops the same problems down the road.

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