View Full Version : Bug in my cinema display!?
Jul 29, 2003, 04:50 PM
Ok this may sound weird, but I have an insect walking around in my 20" cinema display.. :eek:
It's very small, like 2 or 3 mm long and .5 mm thick. I don't know the english word for it, or even the real dutch word, but we refer to it as "onweersvliegje", or "storm fly" because you can see them when it's a hot summers day and a storm is coming. They tend to stick to your sweaty skin and that itches.
Anyway, it's walking around in my Cinema display for a couple of hours now! I have no idea how it got there!? Or how to get it out.
It's clearly visible underneath this Safari window as we speak, about half a centimetre below the surface of the screen.
So the LCD is actually see-tru and there is this white plane behind the lcd to light it up. It's walking on that lamp or whatever.
I don't really expect a solution for this, I think it will eventually die and hopefully drop to below the lcd. It's just.. weird!
(yeah I'm from the Netherlands, but I haven't smoked anything.. ;) ... yet..)
Jul 29, 2003, 05:10 PM
It probably got in through the air vents in the back.
Try turning the brightness all the way up and playing a DVD. Maybe you can smoke him out. ;) :D
Jul 29, 2003, 05:19 PM
If I remember someone else posted a thread regarding the same problem. I'm curious if he got the bug out or it found its way out on its own. I know at my mom's old office back in the day, the geckos used to crawl into the old LC's and SE's and nest(eat, sleep, and bump n' grind to make little geckos). I'm not sure how you can get him out. Maybe negotiate. That or take a can of compressed air and blow him out.
Jul 29, 2003, 05:44 PM
I posted about two weeks ago with exactly the same problem. My bug walked around for about two days and then disappeared.
There are about 7-8 of these bugs inside the casing around the screen. They seem to chill out for a day or so and then move around and then chill out some more!
I just wonder how many of them are actually inside the display causing harm ?
Jul 29, 2003, 06:06 PM
I just read about two similar cases in a TFT-related board. One guy there suggested to switch off the display and switch on a lamp near it (since insects are attracted to light). Maybe it works?
Jul 29, 2003, 06:08 PM
LOL! :D sorry for laughing at your problem but i just find this very amusing. :)
there was also some other guy here that had a bug die in the screen of his iBook. it got stuck right under the apple logo and you could really easily see it on the back.
if it doesn't go away soon you should take it into the store. the techs there should be able to fix it no worries.
Jul 29, 2003, 06:29 PM
That's better than an ant farm(agrarisch) (http://www.stevesantfarm.com/p45.html)!
Turning off the scherm for a bit. Put a florescent nachtlampje behind the scherm. A florescent lamp works, not for the visible light it emits, but because the fluorescing powder that coats the inside of the bulbs does not convert 100% of the UV light that the excited gas emits. Bugs generally see towards the UV range.
If you put onweersvliegje eten out, it should help help attract the little insekt out of your cinema pralen.
Sorry, I had fun with a Dutch to English dictionary.
onweersvliegje = storm midge.
Midges are generally of the Chironomidae (http://www.ouc.bc.ca/fwsc/iwalker/intpanis/) or Ceratopogonidae (http://www.belmont.edu/Science/Biology/cienews/imagesofceratopogonidae.html) or Tendipedidae families (http://www.geller-grimm.de/famil.htm). Some other bug ID stuff is here (http://www.life.uiuc.edu/Entomology/insectgifs.html). Another page with pictures of the Diptera ("true flys") is here (http://www.life.uiuc.edu/Entomology/insecthtmls/diptera.html)
I found these lures (http://www.estesangler.com/1.2002%20SVA%20Web%20Page/midge%20family.htm) which might help attract the bugger out. Though, if your little bug has a giant hook in it, I would leave it alone.
Jul 29, 2003, 06:54 PM
I can see everyone is enjoying themselves.. :D
ROFL @ Eniregnat :D :D
I'll try that lamp trick. But I'm a bit concerned. The bug is sitting in the Google Search bar right now, and it has not moved for over an hour. Aaaaarghh! :eek:
edit: I just tapped at the screen with the back of my finger, and it fell down. The bug is dead, problem solved. :D
edit2: LOL yeah the lures won't be necesarry. :D
I'm not sure if it's on of those insects you linked to, onweersvliegjes don't sting, they just anoy. The are black and a bit thick, but smaller than fruit flies.
Jul 29, 2003, 07:09 PM
I'm glad to here the problem is solved.
Your computer is debuged!- ok last pun.
I don't know what the connection is (I don't speak Dutch), but the term "onweersvliegjes" was used in a lot of lesbian porn sites in .NL. Why I don't know?
Jul 29, 2003, 07:21 PM
I have no idea :confused: An onweersvliegje is about the least arousing thing there is. But then again, I'm not an expert on dutch lesbian porn.. :D
onweer=storm, bad weather, thunder
-je means it's little.
I don't see the connection.. ah well, the bug is dead!
I thought of using the word "debugged", but I found it way to obvious. :p just kidding
Jul 29, 2003, 08:06 PM
At least your not like some guy in Macaddict who had a bug inside the plastic on the foot of his display. Maybe in 27 million years it will be used to clone animals;)