I put a new display in a Mac. The only difference was that a '2' was the last number of about 16 digits whereas the part number of the original ended
I had to go to the computer's color sync utility section and tweak it because the colors and the angle of polarization were both so far off as to
cause serious grief. For example…the angle of the display lid of the computer had to be changed (tilted forward or back) in order to be able to not
be really eye jammed by the way the light was coming at me, and just to see all the pixels.
I found that while adjusting the grids on the color sync utility menu (advanced), I was able to fix both issues.
Before the tweaking, it was as if I had sat at a computer which was out of my view, or at a display screen which was tilted too far forward, or aft.
If you ever used polarized glass, you will see how certain things, such as light from copper cladding, or glass, will shift about as you revolve the
lens. The light was just wrong, all wrong.
Another difference with the new screen is that it does not seem to dim when you are running on battery only, as the original screen did. Also, it was
so bright at the lowest setting that I had to wear sunglasses for a while, upon waking. I was told that screens do not become dimmer over time, but
that is patently false. After a few months, it has settled down and I have used the second notch (brightness) once or twice. Also, at the highest
brightness, the replacement Philips screen is not as bright as the original Philips screen (with the 1 at the end). It is certain they are both made
by Philips. I do wonder about the possibility that I bought a flawed 'second'. Hard to say.
My suspicion is that the company sells 'seconds', as display replacements. I say this because the colors were way
off, and the resolution seems
poorer, albeit only slightly, despite that it is the same resolution as the original, in pixels. By now my eyes have adjusted to this real or imagined
difference, which, I suspect, was simply due to the extreme brightness of the pixels. All the ATS avatars seemed blurry and poor resolution, compared
to the original screen, which had superb definition and tones. You could dim the original until it was almost dark; not so with this one. Also, there
is a light leak or blemish or 'bulge' which is visible only on light backgrounds, at a place near the bottom of the screen. They offer warranty return
in the event of any defect for three years, and I was told that the light bulge does qualify for an exchange. I decided to leave it in place until I
have an alternate monitor. It is somewhat of a hassle to pull the display screen on a Mac. But be assured that there really aren't any counterfeits
because the infrastructure outlay for manufacturing screens is huge.
I wonder if they calibrate each computer (display) after assembly/before they ship out, or if this was a freaky screen that needed to be pushed far
from the Apple crosshairs in the color sync utility section? Hard to say, really, because the gent on the phone was not as knowledgeable as he might
have been. He really had no answers except that I could wait and return it just based on the small light blemish, within 3 years.
The part was about $80 plus shipping. It is more trouble than it is worth to take it apart right now and exchange (I shattered my hand punching out
another guy who was being mouthy with some chick at Jimmie Johns). I do wonder about a few things, however, the screen seems nice as I calibrated it.
It is a little on the green side, if you look at it from an angle, but that's how I wanted it (after doing many setting changes). I'd love to compare
it to a bone stock machine.
Poke around in your menus and see if there is a color sync section. Apple uses an apple diagram, with crosshairs, which, I think, adjusts the
polarities. IDK. Elsewhere, you can move colors about. It was easier to learn to adjust it than going without a computer for a few weeks. But…this
may be a good time to avoid the net. I don't like the manipulated hot trends, not one bit.
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