Dead pixel or stuck pixel???

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  1. macman2790 macrumors 6502a

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    I have had my macbook pro since november, i just began to notice 1 dead pixel or stuck pixel. Im not sure which one.

    I used this pixel check program i found a link to in the forums: http://homepage.mac.com/macguitar/FileSharing16.html

    In a white background the dead pixel seems to show up as black or dark green, not sure which one though, since the pixel is so small. same thing in the red and blue backgrounds, the pixel is still noticeable. BUT, in the green background, the pixel is not seen, and the same for the black background, so it is still very hard to distinguish between the two colors. Also, In most white backgrounds, such as the browser it looks like it might be green.

    Is it a possibility that it is a stuck pixel and can be fixed with a program out there. I have downloaded a java based one, and it sounds reliable. I tried it out, but it says that it most likely will take more than 6 hours.

    What is your opinion on this, do you believe that this is a stuck green pixel since it isn't noticible in the green background?

    Thank you in advance for your opinions and feedback.
     
  2. macman2790 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Also i'd like to note that i used a magnifying glass, and confirmed that the on the green background, the stuck or dead pixel cannot be seen at all.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Why not give the app a try and see if it works? Can't hurt, might help. Let it run overnight and see what it looks like in the morning.
     
  4. macman2790 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, thats what i'll do just wanted to see some opions. Im gonna run it and i'll post some results in about 7-8 hours. I just can't keep my hands off my mbp lol.
     
  5. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    If it took you this long to notice can't be so bad :D but yeah try and fix it, it'd be cool if it works
     
  6. bobcan macrumors 6502a

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    Pixel Dead... Fix ??

    I also have a Macbook Pro which has 2 (...and sometimes??) 3 dead or stuck Pixels... Therefore I am very interested to learn if this may be repairable as well.

    I did find reference in a Forum to a Program called "undead pixel" which may be able to fix some issues... I believe it was a Windows only program though... never had much luck finding any info on other's usage or possibility of Mac Friendly version...

    Here's the AV Forum link: http://www.avforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-329298.html

    Hope to hear some positive results from your test.... Bob
     
  7. macman2790 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i found it, i have the beta for crossover mac since its only for windows. I'll use it if my jpixelfix or something like that doesnt work, which is a java program.
     
  8. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    OK, I think I have a stuck pixel on my new MacBook - located in the address bar on Safari. Using Pixel Check, it shows up on a green, white, and black background (I have to look for it on the black screen). Is this sound like a stuck pixel? With the naked eye, the pixel looks red.

    I have tried JScreenFix for about 45 minutes checking every little while with no success. The website says many stuck pixels can be fixed in as little as 20 minutes. Does it look like I'm out of luck, or should I run the screen longer, and if so, how long? Should I make the box as small as possible and concentrate it over the area, or make the box full screen?

    If that doesn't work, should I try the massaging method? What is the proper way to do this?


    Thanks!
     
  9. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    Do try it. I've had several stuck pixels, and the massaging method's worked every time.

    Just rub the area with the stuck pixel gently - but exerting some pressure - with your finger, or a soft cloth if you like, in a circular motion. Try it again if it doesn't work the first time - if it is a normal stuck pixel and not actually dead, it should work.
     
  10. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Do I do this with the screen turned on? Will a micro-fiber cloth be adequate for the job, and if so should it be damp at all?

    Also, I'm still not quite sure how long to run the flashing lights before giving up on that...
     
  11. beginner0 macrumors member

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    Are these common problems on macs? I have a 2 year old Dell laptop and never noticed any dead pixels..
     
  12. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    I'd do it with the screen on. That way you'll know where to massage, and can see the results. Yes, a microfibre cloth works well. I've done it with both my bare finger and the cloth. I'd recommend a dry cloth - there's really no reason to wet it, though the dampness certainly wouldn't do any harm either.

    As for the other method... I wouldn't mess with it myself, if the massaging worked. Try the massaging and if that doesn't work, continue the light treatment.

    If you do it gently there's no reason massaging will damage the LCD.
     
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    How long should I continue the massaging? Thirty seconds, one minute?
     
  15. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Now I'm not sure if it's dead or stuck. Using the black screen found here, the pixel does not brightly show up like it says it should. The pixel looks still looks red against a white background.
     
  16. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    As long as you like, though if you rub it for a minute and the pixel's still stuck I'd doubt more massaging would fix it.

    When I've done it, I've probably massaged 20 seconds or so, and then again if it didn't fix it the first time.
     
  17. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Dang, that's too bad. Unless I'm not doing the massaging correctly, nothing seems to have happened. I'll try it again later, but I'm not too hopeful.

    macman2790, did you have any luck with the JScreenFix?
     
  18. drewby macrumors member

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    i had a stuck pixel (which i had at first thought was a dead pixel) on my viewsonic 20" lcd. followed these instructions several times:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Stuck-Pixel-on-an-LCD-Monitor

    im not sure if the massaging helped at all, but once i used one of the external links to video of a flashing RGB screens looping continuously overnight and throughout the next day while at work, i noticed that the stuck pixel became fixed. it was odd though, once i had turned the video off, it was still there, but a few days later i noticed that it had unstuck itself, which i attribute to the process described above.

    if you do use the video, i recommend taping a piece of cardboard over the screen as the flashing moving can hurt your eyes/keep you awake.

    good luck! ;)
     
  19. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Still no luck with the massaging method. I guess I'll run the JScreenFix overnight and hope for the best.

    Has anybody had luck with stuck pixels on a MacBook?
     
  20. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Well, I've had the JScreenFix running for the last two hours, and nothing happened with the affected pixel. I guess I can hope it starts working or learn to ignore it.

    Thanks for the help so far!
     
  21. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    JScreenFix helped to remove screen burnin for one of my desktop LCDs though, although after running it straight for 2 days that monitor started acting kinda strange, like some of the pixels seem to be stuck.

    It went away after a while but used at your own risk!
     
  22. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    I suppose that's not all bad, since I could probably take a weird acting MacBook in for replacement, but I'd rather just have my pixel unstick itself.
     
  23. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    I think it happened for that monitor because it was an S-IPS monitor (those have slower response times in turn for better colour reproduction).

    Fuzzing the pixels 60 times per second must have driven the little bits in the panel nuts.
     

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