Dead pixels

Discussion in 'iMac' started by movethefloor, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. movethefloor macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2007
    Just how common are dead pixels in Apple products? Out of the 4 computers I've received from them (PowerBook G4, MacBook Core Duo, iMac Core 2 Duo), I've had at least one dead pixels. I haven't heard of anyone I know getting a dead pixel, so do I just have bad luck, or am I not alone?

    Also, is it true you need more than 6 dead pixels to get your display replaced?
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I've only had dead pixels on one display - the original one I got on this MBP. The replacement has none. I don't think the 6-pixel requirement is hard and fast - mine was replaced with just one, but also a number of "grey" spots. 6 or more will almost undoubtedly get you a replacement, but fewer could, depending on your politeness and the niceness of the Apple rep you talk to.
  3. McGarvels macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    I'm not too sure. I have a 50% rate of dead/stuck pixels since I've only owned two Macs to date. My MB has none, while my 20" iMac has one stuck pixel. Not a big deal though. I'm not sure if many other people have stuck/dead pixels. It seems like you are more likely to hear from those who do have them than those who do not. So yeah, the replies might be a bit biased.
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I have had 2 mac, iMac G5 and an iMac Core 2 duo. No problems
    My housemate 4 macs, iMac G5, iBook G4, Macbook, iMac Core 2 duo. No problems.
    All of my friends, 3 Powerbook G4 1.67 Ghz, 3 iBook G4s, iBook G3, iMac G3, eMac G4, iMac Core 2 Duo and their uni 20 iMac Core Duo and 8 ACD all of which i have had a decent amount of contact time with. No Problems.

    In Total:44 screens no problems*.

    *(I did take delivery of an iMac Cor 2 Duo which had a really dark grey patch in the middle of the screen, it looked like damage in transit and was replaced no questions)
  5. FullCollapse macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2006
    Oneonta, NY
    just one mac for me and one dead pixel... not a lot i can do, so i try not to worry about it.
  6. itsme92 Guest

    I've got two dead pixels lit red in the middle of my Macbook screen, right on top of each other. (these are not stuck pixels)

    What do you guys think my chances of getting it fixed are if I bring it in to the Apple store?
  7. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you have stuck pixels in the middle of the screen I'd say you have a pretty high chance of getting a replacement screen (or machine).
  8. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Umm... a dead pixel by definition is a pixel that is not lit, and thus appears black (no light = more absorbance = no reflection). A pixel that is red, green or blue all the time is considered "stuck."
    Have you tried massaging it out? Or maybe running one of those java-based unsticking programs for a day or so?
    I'd say the chances of getting Apple to do anything about it are slim to none, but then again if you don't try, you'll never know. I had a Genius replace my entire display in my MBP over one dead pixel. Just be nice and persistent. But do give the massage thing a chance. You could get lucky.
  9. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Before you try massaging try Pixel Fix, and then try speaking with Apple. They are safer. After that you can try massage, which does work some percent of the time, but you need to be careful. Good luck.
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005

    2 15" PowerBooks
    3 15" CD MacBook Pros
    1 MacBook
    2 15" C2D MacBook Pros

    0 dead pixels.

    Dead/stuck pixels happen -- nobody's figured out a cost-effective way to manufacture screens otherwise. I guess it's just luck as to who gets units with them. Apple buys their screens from the same manufacturers that other laptop-makers use, so I would imagine that they have the same % of bunked up LCD screens floating around. I just wish that Apple was like Dell and would replace any screen that the customer didn't like -- no questions asked.
  11. BobP63 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2007
    I've got a MacBook and an iMac no issues with either.
  12. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    I have had about 15 mac in the past few dead pixels
  13. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    In the past few days... WOW! You must be loaded! :D

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