Aww, this thread is dying
I'm trying to keep it alive as a sort of general-purpose E1705 thread now but it's almost dead...
I just checked my service tag at Dell's website, and my LCD appears to be from Sharp.
|1 JH291 LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY, 17, WU, VIDEO ELEC. STDS. ASSOC., GLARE WIDE VIEWING ANGLE, SHARP, V2
And like I said previously, it is PERFECT! I got a huge scare while I was in the car yesterday though. I was playing RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, and I enabled every graphics effect to its highest, and one of them is this Bloom thing that adds a sort of blur/glare to bright colors.
So I add a huge rollercoaster with lights and zoom out, and it looks like I have a huge discolored area in the top-middle of my screen! No matter where I looked it was there, although I didn't really check too hard before quickly exiting... It covered most of my screen and really looked like it was the screen itself and not a bug in the bloom effect.
Well you can imagine that really got my heart pumping, I was like "oh no how could I have not noticed this? i thought my screen was perfect, now i'll have to get someone to come out and replace it!!". So I exited immediately, went into paint and made a 1920x1200 image of solid light green, and saved it. Then I opened it as a slideshow in MS's viewer thing, so that I now had a screen of completely light green, and I looked and no spot. I was VERY relieved, but just to make sure I made a couple more colors and checked them, and the screen was absolutely perfect.
Hooray! And I hope that helps someone, I just invented that screen-checking technique within the seconds that it took to close down RollerCoaster Tycoon, but it seems to be very simple and easy to do without any special software. I have seen a dead pixel site before, not sure of a link but it would display a checkerboard pattern on the screen to help find dead pixels, so that would probably work better, but that requires an internet connection which I didn't have at the time.