Do I have a dead pixel???

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  1. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    I just received my Dell 2007FPW. Looks great on my desk and I can actually see what is on my scree without squinting. HOWEVER, I am seeing one tiny tiny tiny little black speck. Is this a dead pixel? If so, should I live with it for a while and have dell replace it? I have heard they are good about replacing monitors with dead pixels.

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Possibly. Have you made sure it wasn't a piece of dust on the screen?
     
  3. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    My monitor has one dead pixel.
    It's really not that noticeable.
    So unless it bothers you, don't worry about it.
     
  4. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    It takes far more than 1 dead pixel to get Dell to replace a display.
     
  5. mojohanna thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    definitely not dust. It even looks squarish in shape. Its not a big deal, but I am somewhat picky and I will probably fixate on it. Actually, now that I look closer, I see another one.
     
  6. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    So it begins.... The fun fun fun of having an LCD monitor!
     
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  8. Miguey macrumors 6502

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    I have a dead pixel , i think, on my monitor for my desktop and its in the absolutely worst spot...right in the middle....im waiting for another dead pixel to appear so i can repair this one..
     
  9. FullmetalZ26 macrumors regular

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    Dead pixels are just a fact of life for active-matrix displays. It's kind of like a paint job on a new car -- there may be one or two tiny bumps or imperfections in the paint, but they won't let you return it for them. There are 2 dead pixels on my PSP, and three on my old Compaq laptop. After awhile I tend to just forget about them.

    ...that being said, I've never haid a dead pixel dead-center. That sucks.
     
  10. drake macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 2405 with what looks like a tiny hair in it. Its about four pixels long and one wide. Not really sure what it is, I'm thinking maybe an internal scratch. I no longer notice it at all, and it is in a noticable location (near the centre to the upper left).
     
  11. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I have a dead pixel in both my ViewSonic and my PowerBook.

    My mom's 23" ACD has a dead pixel as well, but her MacBook Pro 17" is amazingly free of Dead Pixels.

    You should have mentioned that you had to have Windows installed with that before I clicked. Having an Intel Mac doesn't automatically mean you can run Windows software, and I would disrecommend this person installs Windows just for the sake of that.
     
  12. gloss macrumors 601

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    My Dell 2007WFP has one live pixel (meaning, never goes dark), but it's so tiny that I can't see it further than three or four inches from the screen.
     
  13. drake macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, don't fixate on it if its not in an area you'd normally be looking. Black should be easy to igore anyway, what you don't want is a red one smack dab in the middle of your screen. How is the bleedthrough? A more common problem.
     
  14. ianjoh macrumors newbie

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    Check out one or all of these applications on VersionTracker:

    DeadPixel
    LCD Test
    PiXel Check

    They may help you.
     
  15. Sacred macrumors member

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    I recently bought two 26" Samsung LCD TV's

    Samsungs warranty = Replace if 4 or more dead pixels are in the middle section of the screen, or replace if 12 or more dead pixels are in the outer section of the screen

    I opted to buy additional cover from the shop (Comet to be precise)

    Comets warranty = Replace if 1 or more dead pixel anywhere on the screen

    Was well worth the additional £170 as if I get any problems I can have the TV sent back (only bought 1 set of insurance for the two TV's as they wont be able to tell which has the insurance policy ;) )

    Check to see if where you bought it from offers a return policy, if they do you can return it (in the UK) within 7 days with receipt no questions asked.
     
  16. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Are you sure they don't match serial numbers?
     
  17. mojohanna thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, every hear of serial numbers? Most likely they recorded the S/N of the TV on the insurance policy. If they did not, you might have problems filing a claim as the insurer would certainly be looking for something like that.
     
  18. drake macrumors 6502a

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    Odd. I had heard that Samsung has gone to a "no dead pixel" policy?
     
  19. Sacred macrumors member

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    Nope Comets insurance only requires proof of purchase as they just send the TV back for the cash.
     
  20. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    You could always try GENTLY massaging the screen on top of the pixel with your finger. If you push too hard you can break the screen, but I've at least temporarily fixed stuck pixels on cheap Dell monitors this way. I think it's more likely to help with stuck than dead pixels, but it's easy enough to try, even if it doesn't work.

    So far, my DS is the only thing I own with any pixel problems (one each stuck blue and red on the edge of the upper screen). My MBP, 20" ACD, and Phillips LCD TV are all flawless.
     

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