Bug... in my screen... dead

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by britboyj, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    I'm currently on holiday in the UK and in the evening these really TINY little bugs come out. Anything white it lands on.

    This evening, while surfing (ie mostly white screens) INSIDE MY HOTEL ROOM, I noticed a tiny little fleck moving around my monitor. I tried to flick it off, to no avail, it was INSIDE the monitor!

    I decided, rather than squishing it, I should hope it wanders off screen, flies out, whatever. No. It decided to die about three inches in and one inch down in the top left corner of my screen.

    So WTF do I do? It's not abuse. It's never been dropped, there aren't any cracks that weren't there by the factory, I wasn't using it outside. It's MADDENING.

    Should I take it to a UK Apple store and ask the Genius Bar if, since I' on Holiday, they can take the screen apart and fix it while I wait? Should I just wait until I get back to the US on Friday?

    Has anything like this happened to anyone else? :confused:

    (Pics when I can take them with a decent camera)
  2. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    What kind of computer have you got? This has been known to happen to Apple Displays and iMacs and I have had it happen on my computer where the bug died in the bottom corner. Luckily, I had the screen replaced anyway as part of a logic board replacement.
  3. britboyj thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    MacBook Air, Rev. A 1.6 80GB HDD.

    Already had the the keyboard replaced once and the hard drive replaced once.
  4. britboyj thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    Now with pictures!


    Anyone know what I can do about this? :(
  5. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
  6. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    Haha "bug" get it? I imagine the apple store would probably feel bad for you and help you out.
  7. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    i would see the apple store. maybe they fix it for cheap or even free.

    if not i would wait for a few weeks because the bug might shrink as it dries and you can shake it to a location where you can't see it.
  8. britboyj thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    Very funny.

    I think I'm going to have to wait until I get back to the US anyway, time is running short.
  9. j2004p macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Aww poor little thunder-fly.

    I dont think there's one computer monitor here at work which doesn't have at least one decaying thunder-fly under the screen.
  10. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
  11. Quint macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2008
  12. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America

    Can you move it with your finger to the corner? They should remove it at an Apple Store.
  13. lewchenko macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2004
    So the black midgies have struck again huh ! (Also called corn flies or thunder flies)

    The exact same thing happened to me a few years ago with an Iiyama 20" LCD which cost me about £800 when it was new.

    The little bugger crawled to the middle of the screen as I watched in horror, hoping he would just carry on. Oh no.... he died right in the middle. Heat exhaustion I reckon !

    And there he stayed until this day. My nephew has that screen now, complete with bug years later (he wont shrink and fall off)

    What little juices he has will decompose and glue the little cretin to your LCD, which incidentally will be toasting him nicely, turning all those juices to a glue like substance !

    Arrrgh... it annoyed the hell out of me until I got a new LCD a year or so later.

    I know your pain.
  14. groovdudeyo macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2008
    haha I got a dead ant in my old power mac screen you know in the plastic case that surrounds it im not gonna take it out though its my little pet!
  15. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
  16. Jsimon9633 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    that sucks

    that happened to my 24 inch ACD
    still there too
  17. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    you tried flipping the screen upside down and flicking at the thing? Maybe you can work it loose or at least move it more into the corner.
  18. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    If they won't take care of it in an Apple Store when you get home, just get out the screwdrivers and check ifixit.com, shouldn't be too hard to get it out yourself.
  19. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    No it is hard. Don't make it think it's a piece of cake while giving him the chance to brick it... If you think it's easy, you could tell him exactly how. I wouldn't disassemble 'that' part of the monitor, it doesn't even have any screws and if the display needs to go off before the screen can be separated from the frame (most likely), then it takes at least 30 minutes to do it with 3 dozen screws going off (with some torx), that is, if you know what you're doing... Not to mention warranty is gone. That is a seriously risky advice, wonder if you've done it or not.
  20. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    I wouldnt be so fast to crack open the MBA's LCD either. Bugs are not supposed to be able to get under the LCD anyway so I am sure Apple will fix it.
  21. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Talk about step 21 in here.


    Not to mention you have to walk through all the way with the earlier 20 steps...

    You should really 'bug' the Apple Store people to fix it, unless the link made you feel it's easy.
  22. britboyj thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    Considering they can't repair the keyboard in the MBA in-store at the Genius Bar (takes too much time away from other repairs) I can't even imagine WTF I have to do with a screen.

    I'll take it in first thing.
  23. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    You definitely don't want to try taking the screen apart. Too hard to repair.

    Since it's so close to the edge you could also try holding something that vibrates against the screen and use that as a method to work the fly loose and have it fall out the side. :D
  24. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    Just sell your MBA on ebay. It's a collector's item. :)
  25. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Certainly not going to sell at the right price... What is the point if the MBA with a bug is sold at $300?
    He's certainly getting nice advices.

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