Get an EyeOne Display-2 or similar Colorimeter and profile it! While not the ideal display, it will be vastly better for image work after calibration and profiling. Just set everything to native white point and TRC (gamma), probably max luminance and that's it.
Eyeball calibration is totally useless.
Since your advice always works out correctly, my question is how do you calibrate
a laptop? On all of mine, I can just profile (Eye One Display 2)
I would love to be able to calibrate first, but my laptop does not have RGB conttrols.
Also, if the White Point is set to 6500K - is that better? The Native White Point on my XPS seems a bit yellow, maybe 5300K by the eyeball.
BTW, with a Vista Laptop and a connected LCD, I remove the Profile loader from the startup - and then maually load the ICC profiles
about 5 minutes after the computer finishes booting. This gives fantastic results on my multiple monitor setup. Both profiles seem perfect.
I can have 2 instances of Bridge CS3, one on each screen and they both match visually
perfect. This scenario only works by the delayed loader