Replacement LCD, Part Trois
After sending back the incompatible WXGA+ panel, I did another search on eBay for a compatible panel. Within a matter of minutes, I came across another WXGA+ panel that was guaranteed to work with the Inspiron 9300. The seller confirmed the Dell part number for the panel, as well as confirming that the inverter was included (the previous panel did not come with an inverter). Better yet, the seller was located here in Austin. So, yesterday I headed over to the seller's store to pick it up locally and avoid shipping charges.
The seller turned out to be Discount Electronics, a local reseller whose ads I had seen in the local paper. It's a cool little shop that sells used and refurbished computer components. They also buy used equipment, so I made a mental note to call them for quotes on some old equipment I have setting around unused. Anyway, after picking up the panel I finished up my Christmas shopping and headed home to install it. Fortunately, installation was trouble-free, and the panel worked perfectly!
This new panel isn't quite as bright as the previous one, as it has an anti-glare coating instead of the glossy anti-reflective coating. However, I've discovered that I prefer the anti-glare coating to the glossy, as it doesn't pick up reflections from light sources at all. Best of all, the WXGA+ resolution is much more usable than the ultra-high WUXGA resolution. So, my notebook is back to normal now, and I'm enjoying it even more with the new panel!