OS X :: UMBP 15" (Late 2008) + Dell S2009W Display Calibration

Apr 14, 2010

Hi guys, I recently picked up a 20" Dell S2009W for $99 and it's pretty damn amazing, definitely replacing my old 19" Westinghouse monitor.

I'd like some tips on calibrating the color profile of the display (as well as my uMBP's display).

The model number for my uMBP is 9C84, if it helps at all

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!

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MacBook :: Color Calibration Profiles - Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody

Nov 3, 2008

I did this for the Macbook Pro's a while back, but I'm a Macbook guy now. There are a few other threads with profiles but it's no good if you use a profile made from a different panel than what you have. I'm just trying to consolidate things here.

I will try to keep this post current; please only submit profiles created from hardware, not those done by human eye (meatware?) And be sure to say which panel the profile is for. Thanks to everyone for contributing and improving the Macbook experience!

How to determine your panel type/code
How to install and use color profiles

Basic tests to determine if a profile is a good fit:

Black level
White level

9C89 (LG)

See attachment (rezonat0r-9c89.zip)Spyder3 Pro. 2.2 Gamma, Native and 6500K whitepoint. I recommend using the Native whitepoint.See attachment (rezonat0r-9c89-alt.zip)Spyder3 Pro. 2.2 Gamma, Native whitepoint. This is an alternate profile made from another Macbook with the LG panel. It is similar to the previous but slightly darkerjessica's profileSpyder2 Pro. 2.2 Gamma. Native whitepoint (I think - not confirmed)
9C8C (AU Optronics)

See attachment (rezonat0r-9c8c.zip)Spyder3 Pro. 2.2 Gamma. I only did a calibration at native whitepoint (honestly, if you really need 6500K then you won't be using a Macbook screen, or any laptop screen for that matter)

See attachment (rezonat0r-9c8a.zip)Spyder3 Pro. 2.2 Gamma. Native whitepoint.

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I realize there can be monitor to monitor variations but for my non-professional purposes I'd like to just get it close.

My two concerns:

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Would replacing the entire display assembly with the mid 2009 assembly work?
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I've read here about the important task of recalibrating this monitor and soaked up as much knowledge as a I could (as he does get into his settings a little bit).

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I noticed it all started happening after I installed ProTools LE.

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Check out this site and read step 12.


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