Best way to test a display for problems

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DXoverDY, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    I just ordered my Mac Pro, mostly stock config with a 160gig drive and an X1900XT. I also snagged a 23" ACD.

    According to the invoice on the apple order status page it is a new model made in september. I've heard a lot of ugly issues with the new model so I want to make sure I can test it when I get it home and if there are any problems I can get it sent back and hopefully receive my new display before my Mac Pro gets here.

    So what is the best tool to test for the backlight issues, stuck pixels, etc?

    I'm not exactly super picky but I don't want anything really bad and testing will just ease my mind despite what my eyes can see.
  2. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    For stuck pixels simply diplay a pure white background and look for dark pixels then display a pure black and lok for light pixels. If this does not turn up anyhting there are none that will cause you problems

    As for overall ability to display color you will need to calibrate your monitor and then use the color sync utility to display to resilting profile. For casual use (email, web surfing, weiwing rented DVD and games) an un-calibrated monitor is OK but no one buys a Mac Pro for casual use so you need it calibrarted anyways. Buy a hardware colorimeter.

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