Anyone got a REAL screen bug?

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  1. blackxacto, May 2, 2015
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    blackxacto macrumors 6502

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    iMac14,2 / 3.5GHz Intel Quad Core i7/
    8G RAM / OSX10.10.2 / 3TB Fusion HD

    I've got a LIVE, REAL, bug crawling under my iMac screen. It's 1/6 inch long, tiny, and it's in between my actual screen and the clear covering screen. How the hell does Apple make this possible? I paid $2800 for this iMac. I've never had a pest issue since using Macs since 1989.

    Anyone know how to get it out without taking the ENTIRE 27" screen off?

    Oh, and get this, you can't take a screenshot of it, it's on top of the screen, not part of it.
     
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  3. iBighouse macrumors 6502a

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    Picture, or it didn't happen.

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    You could take the iMac and place it in a freezer overnight. That will take care of the live bug. Just let it reach room temperature before putting it in or turning it back on. What kind of bug is it? Get a picture with a macro lens and someone can identify it. If there are more in the house, they may find their way back into the iMac.

    I guess you could also take a lit light bulb and place it in front of the glass where the bug is to fry it, but I don't think it would be good to have exploding bugs in that space.
     
  4. Washac, May 3, 2015
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    Just pop the polycarbonate clear screen off, its held with magnets, you can use a rubber sucker or strong tape to this.

    Here is the sucker method - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb8fm7PNOFI

    Tape method is just the same really.
     
  5. blackxacto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the link to remove the clear screen. Looks easy enough with the suction cups.

    The insect seems to have wandered off over night. But still good to know how to get the screen off.

    When my old 27" iMac gave out I removed the clear screen before trashing. This clear cover screen was quite heavy on the older model.
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Starting with the late 2012 (iMac14,2 is a late 2013) the glass on iMacs is fused to the display, so it is nearly impossible to remove the glass separately from the display and the suction cup method no longer works.

    I'm guessing the insect was on top of the glass, not under it ;)
     
  7. blackxacto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    On top, yeah, and my finger never squashed it.

    Are you sure the clear screen is impossible to remove?
    What link do you have to show it isn't easy to remove?
    Would appreciate the info, in case the insect is building a nest.
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    iFixit noted it in one of their teardowns:

    The display and glass as a whole can be replaced, as shown here.
     
  9. blackxacto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good grief, you are right. On the EMC 2639 the clear cover and the iMac screen ARE fused together. My question is, if they are fused together, how the heck did an insect get between them? And I can't clean beneath the clear cover because I must replace the entire computer screen and cover.

    Apple gives me a screen that insects can crawl between the clear cover and fused glass screen, yet apparently all screens are susceptible to insect infestation.

    Insect infestation, Apple is pulling out all stops.

    Thank you for your link.
     
  10. blackxacto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cute, but unlike my live insect which wandered everywhere inside the stupid "fused" screen.
     
  11. MistrSynistr macrumors 6502a

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    I have this exact same issue happen to me Friday, thought it was a dead pixel then noticed the pixel moved.

    I am getting an SSD replacement for the HDD in my 2013 iMac so I'm not too worried about it since the screen is coming off and the installer will remove the bug, but I found it a bit baffling.
     

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