Dead pixel in my new MacBook Pro

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  1. thecerealcommie macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    First Mac ever, only 3 days old. Have a very small dead pixel and have been reading in the forum that several people have had sucess in massaging a pixel back to life...I would like to know how exactly to go about this....Please let me know what has been sucessful for you in the past.

    Thank you very much,

    Aaron
     
  2. generik macrumors 601

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    Try to get it exchanged before your 10 day return period expires.
     
  3. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    Yeah seriously, don't muck around trying to get it to work, just get a new one before you run outta time!

    Cheers
     
  4. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    Does Apple replace things with just a single dead pixel?


    In case you don't go that route- is it really dead, or just stuck? Dead pixels will appear black, whereas stuck pixels will be a certain color all the time. Dead pixels are generally unrepairable AFAIK, whereas stuck pixels can sometimes come back
     
  5. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    Well if they don't, just take it back, say you want your money back, they can't refuse within 10-14days, and then go in the next day and buy a new one, simple

    Cheers
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    They won't replace anything for a single mucked pixel (well, maybe iPods). Also, returned items that have been opened are subjectto a restocking fee (15% I think)
     
  7. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm, its a bit of a sticky situation, maybe you could just plead your case with Apple then...

    I know its no comparison, but I've got 2 v. small dead pixels on my PSP, you learn to ignore them really,unless they're really obvious...

    Cheers
     
  8. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i have 1 on my intel imac. i just learned to live with it
     
  9. generik macrumors 601

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    Smack it against a table and complain your MBP comes dented out of the box (oh and it also has a dead pixel), the 2 day delay might work against you though.
     
  10. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    lol Yeah thats awesome, I'd do it! just say you've been delayed since you found out it was damaged!

    Cheers
     
  11. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    Actually as a matter of fact, I do have a stuck pixel on my MacBook Pro (it's red and is about 1.5" from the bottom of the screen.
    When I first discovered it, it drove me absolutely crazy because I'd find myself constantly looking at it.

    However, I now mostly use it with the Apple Bluetooth keyboard and hooked up to a Dell 24" display for a secondary screen, so I sit far enough back and am looking at 2 screens back and forth enough to where I had actually forgotten about it for a while... now it's back to haunt me since you brought it up :(


    :p
     
  12. mark! macrumors 65816

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    this is EXACTLY where i have it. about 1.5 inches left of the macbook pro symbol (above the hinge) and 1.5 inches high. its annoying, and they wouldn't replace it. i also have dust in 3 places. annoying.

    they won't replace it, but once its a year old i'm pretty sure there'll be enough dust that they'll have to replace it.
     
  13. iTwitch macrumors 6502a

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    In this thread I've seen people reporting small and very small dead pixels so I'm wondering what a large dead pixel looks like? :rolleyes:
     
  14. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    A dead pixel is a lot easier to live with than a stuck pixel. I've been lucky. 23" Cinema HD and a MacBook. The Cinema HD is perfect and the MacBook has one dead pixel at the very bottom under the Dock. It looks like a very small grey dot. Can't even see it unless you look for it. If I had a stuck green or red pixel staring at me though, I'd be figuring out how to take it back - actually, that's why I buy my Apple stuff at CompUSA :cool:
     
  15. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    I don't know, a dead pixel would still be extremely irritating. The red one isn't *quite* as noticable as you might expect it to be. And while the main time it's visible is when I have a window over it that has a white background (which is actually pretty often, such as right now), it often ends up sitting over text, images, etc as well, which makes it blend in a little.
    And like I said, when I'm sitting back from it typing away and looking higher up on the screen, I luckily never notice it.

    One thing that worries me is when I end up getting 2 more 24" Dell displays... I've got a 2005FPW and a 2407WFP and neither have any dead or stuck pixels, and I *hope* that will remain true with my other 2 future screens. (I'm going to have three 24" displays on my Intel-based PowerMac when they come out and I order one in a few months :cool: ... just have to stuff another video card in there)
     
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    That is a very cool widget, but I can't see how exactly it works, just by making the screen change colour very quickly?

    Cheere
     
  18. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    I have one on my MacBook Pro, I learned to live with just like I learned to live with the slight whine no biggie, only problem is the intrnal mc picks up the whine but I barely use that mic. Don't worry about it, mine bothered me for a little while and then I got used to it.
     
  19. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    as the name "stuck pixel" implies, the pixel is stuck on a single color. by constantly making the "guns" fire new colors, something like this can generally jump start it and get it functioning again after a while. sometimes it can take hours
     
  20. thecerealcommie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all

    Thank you for the advice. I am currently trying the dead pixel widget, it is interesting to say the least.


    Thanks!

    Aaron
     
  21. LBmacman macrumors member

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    you could try changing your desktop picture (darker) to make the dead pixel less obvious...btw, stuck pixels SUCK way more than dead ones. I had like 4 stuck red pixels on my DS, but only one dead one on my PSP.
     
  22. risc macrumors 68030

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    You do realise that generally means "in most cases" which means your sentence should of read "Generally these colour changing apps don't do anything."?
     
  23. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    Since we're making trivial corrections, "realise" means to "convert into cash." I believe the term you were looking for is "realize." Also, it's "should have," not "should of."

    But you're right, in most cases they don't do anything... however I have personally seen them unstick pixels in more cases than one.
     
  24. risc macrumors 68030

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    I'm in Australia we use "s" not "z" ;) and thanks for the have versus of I'll have to watch that from now on.
     
  25. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    ahh yes, the added "u" in "colour" should have put me off to the backwardsness of you Aussies :p
     

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