Dead pixel or not?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xc runner, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. xc runner macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    I recently noticed a pixel that I thought was dead (completely black). I figured it was only one so not that big of a deal. I call apple just to check and they told me if I get more to send it in.

    So then I was reading some news the other night and scrolled on a red ad and did not see what I thought was the dead pixel. Now I was wondering if its not visible in black or red backgrounds if it dead or not? Because when I got the computer I didn't believe that was always there.

    Your input is always appreciated. Thanks in advance
  2. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    If just the red and green subpixels are dead, it will be invisible on black and red backgrounds. If you want to replace it and Apple gives you trouble, you might be able to claim that it is 2 pixels because 2 subpixels are dead. It is very unlikely that you will get more since most dead pixels come from the factory. It is possible for a monitor to develop stuck or dead pixels later in life, but that probably won't happen until the warranty is out, or until you hit the screen with a sharp object.

    If you have a good magnifying glass or a cheap (toy) microscope, try to see exactly which subpixels are dead. Post a picture if you can.
  3. xc runner thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    Well no magnifying glass, but I did a dead pixel kit online and white (its red), green and blue the pixel is black. It's not a huge issue. It's just annoying at times when my eye focuses on it
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    You can try a stuck pixel fixer. They are basically rapidly flashing colors to try to unstick the pixel. Leave it running and don't let the screen go off for at least 24 hours (though it will probaly take more time). It's worth a shot even though I've never seen one actually fix a pixel.
  5. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I completely agree. Try the fixer on this website. It's free. :)
  6. xc runner thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009

    Tried the pixel repair to no avail. I tried apple again to just see why I couldn't get the screen repaired. It was starting to bug me when my eye would catch it. They told me they'd take it back and send me a brand new computer!

    Now I used to own an HP for 2 years in college. I switched to the Mac because I always had to pull teeth to get something fixed even with a extended warranty! Plus the computer was never reliable for me to use for a semester. I'm incredibly pleased with the service! HP would have never done this for me.

    I'm mad now because I had that HP and it cost me $1600 when I could have bought a cheaper Mac. Apple easily has the best service hands down!
  7. AnotherFanBoy macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2009
    I thought they would only replace it if you had 4+ dead pixels. Congratulations and lets hope the next one is perfect :D
  8. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    I bought a 19" Samsung flatscreen when I was in highschool (things were expensive at the time!) that developed one dead pixel (might have been there when I bought it - who knows).

    Someone recommended that I rub a finger over the pixel (with a little pressure - not enough to damage the screen obviously). I though it sounded like a load of crap, but it actually managed to unstick the pixel. It got stuck once or twice again later, but every time this brought it right back. Side note: this might not be possible on the macbook, seems the newer ones have something covering the screen...

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