First post, by Ozzuneoj
I was given a Dell Ultrasharp 2001FP a couple years ago and I have been using it on my retro test bench for a while now. I absolutely LOVE this monitor for this use. It is an actual 4:3 1600x1200 IPS (possibly PVA) LCD and has DVI, VGA, S-Video, Composite and a USB 2.0 hub built in. On top of that, it has an auto-adjust button right on the front to instantly fix odd screen timing\geometry issues when using various old VGA cards in DOS and Windows, plus a variety of scaling options. I have read that there are some different revisions and panel types for the 2001FP but I'm not sure how to find out what mine is without physically tearing into it. I don't see any color shifting at all so I think it's IPS. The back of the monitor shows a manufacture date of "May 2005 B9i"and Revision A00.
It doesn't have the motion clarity of a CRT, but for it's compact size and resolution\mode flexibility it is really perfect for this. I would be surprised if a better 4:3 monitor existed that wasn't a CRT.
Sooo... my issue is that I'm totally spoiled by this thing now and I've read a few comments about these being "known" for having problems. Now, I'm not opposed to replacing some caps if needed since this thing is definitely from the plague era and Dell put out of a lot of equipment with bad caps during this time. However, if there are other serious issues that may not be fixable with easy to replace parts, I'd like to do what I can to watch for or prevent these issues.
Is anyone familiar with these or have any experience with them?
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.