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Old Jul 18, 2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Broken screen iPod Touch 4, but not physical

Hi there,

Some time ago a friend of mines screen of his iPod Touch 4G stopped working.
It showed a lot of dead/stuck pixels in a group. Moreover, the rest of the screen remained totally white. Now, those dead pixels have disappeared and sometimes small grey lines form and go away.
When viewed upon from a very flat angle, the UI is visible and responds to touch. The device is controllable, but you cannot see what you do, because the screen is totally white.

Rebooting/restarting several times over the past few weeks haven't resolved anything.

Does anyone know what could cause this? It isn't as simple as the screen that is broken, since you can view the UI very faintly.

Thanks.

Edit: Also, the screen isn't physically broken. The glass isn't shattered or teared.

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Old Jul 18, 2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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connect it to iTunes and restore. but set up as new, not from backup. see if that helps.
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 02:53 PM   #3
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connect it to iTunes and restore. but set up as new, not from backup. see if that helps.
Would that resolve the issue of the screen being totally whitened out? I don't know if that is a hardware problem of the screen, or the video card for the screen.
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Would that resolve the issue of the screen being totally whitened out? I don't know if that is a hardware problem of the screen, or the video card for the screen.
Well it probably is hardware, but you can try to restore it before giving up on it. Was it ever exposed to water?
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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Well it probably is hardware, but you can try to restore it before giving up on it. Was it ever exposed to water?
After restoring it, the screen still disfunctions. I noticed the backlighting does change by the ambient light sensor (that was even before restoring). After restoring, nothing has changed. The screen is slightly visible but I'm not able to set it up or anything.

Then it must be hardware, I guess. Would changing the whole screen be an option or would the problem be the video chip? If that's so, the money of replacing the screen would go to waste.

Thanks for your help and insight, it's unfortunate it didn't work
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 01:54 PM   #6
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I would really just get a replacement one or upgrade to the 5th generation. Used ones are like $80-100 on eBay. The screen would cost you $25, but you have to open it up from the front since there's no screws, and you could do even more damage to it and end up wasting money anyway.
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I would really just get a replacement one or upgrade to the 5th generation. Used ones are like $80-100 on eBay. The screen would cost you $25, but you have to open it up from the front since there's no screws, and you could do even more damage to it and end up wasting money anyway.
Thanks for your overview, he is upgrading to a 5th gen
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