Dead/Stuck Pixels and Shutdown of Computer?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by renavoo, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. renavoo macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    Hi, I'm being told that it's definitely better to shut down the computer rather than just putting it to sleep because shutting down has the potential to decrease the chances of emerging stuck/dead pixels. Does anyone know if this is true or at least, have a theory about it? Thanks!
  2. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    The theory's a load of crap. The person who told you this knows nothing about computers, ignore them.
  3. renavoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    Thanks! Would you know anything about "spread" of pixels? For instance if I get a couple of stuck pixels in the screen, does that mean that the death of pixels will quickly spread? I'm hearing all this from a couple of salespeople at Circuit City. Nice to know they know what they are talking about! :rolleyes:
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yes, these stuck pixels will spread from salesman to salesman.

    It's called stupidity, and it's an insidious salesmoron virus that hovers around them and tries to snare customers -- so they can sell Store Warranties and make some extra cash.

    The backlight behind LCD is likely to wear out quicker than the LCD panel, and you're likely to break the actual LCD panel or toss the computer due to age before you ever wear out the LCD pixels.
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Unless it's a logic board issue, and the pixels themselves aren't "dead", one dead pixel will not cause another one to die. Period.

    Also, if anyone mentions the "just rub the dead pixel and it will come back to life" thing to you: it's bunk, it's possible to damage neighboring pixels, and it will almost undoubtedly scratch your screen. Perhaps, one time out of a hundred, with a particular cause of dead pixel, it works. Maybe. But it's a bad idea. Just mentioning that because all too often someone "helpfully" posts in with a recommendation to do that. I was leafing through an Apple service manual at Borders last night (oh, the fun that I have!) - mainly because I was amazed to see an Apple service manual at Borders - and it specifically mentioned the dead pixel rubbing "remedy" as useless and potentially destructive to the screen. It even informed the tech to look for scratch marks to determine if other pixels had been damaged by attempting this technique.

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