First Gen iPhone Somehow got Multiple Dead Pixels

AlphaDogg

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I use my original iPhone as an iPod that I leave on my iHome for my alarm clock. I took it off the dock the other day and it developed multiple dead pixels. Anyone understand how that could happen? What should I do? I've tried running gifs that alternate RGB colors, but that only helped a little. I tried rubbing on the dead pixels, and it also helped a little, but not that much.



 

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That's not dead pixels. The fact that they change from dark to light proves it. I would try a reset of the phone and hope it's software and not hardware. If it's hardware it looks like it could be the video chip or the video ram. From your image the panel itself looks fine.
 

SunnyStudioNeo

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Definitely not dead pixels. Try deep restart, by pressing both home and power key for about 8 seconds, which typically resolves most temp software issues.
 

Adutrumque

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Definitely not dead pixels. Try deep restart, by pressing both home and power key for about 8 seconds, which typically resolves most temp software issues.
I dont think thats a software issue to be honest. Lol.

Keep us posted if the restart solved it, would suprise me bigtime if it did.
 

bogg

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That's a crushing problem, somehow you have bent your iphone and its screen (maybe had the iphone in your back pocket while sitting on the edge of a table?).

Personally I've seen these types of damages in just such cases where the phone itself got bent hard.
 

AlphaDogg

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It's definitely a hardware problem, I can see it when the phone is off. The fact that it got better with "massaging" the screen and flashing RGB gifs proves that they are dead pixels. The phone has been sitting on my iHome for the past 6 months, so there's no way that it got bent. It sits flat on a table.
 

AlphaDogg

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I have an old LCD (with a dead motherboard and battery attached) for it, but I'm pretty sure the digitizer is shot. I'll try it out and report back.


 

AlphaDogg

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Well that was a huge waste of time. The old, spare LCD was completely nonfunctional. I had to take apart my iPhone multiple times to get the digitizer on the panel with dead pixels working. Now I'm just glad that the problem is as bad as it was before, and not worse. That's typically how it goes when I enter into projects that are too big for me.
 

AlphaDogg

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That's not dead pixels. The fact that they change from dark to light proves it. I would try a reset of the phone and hope it's software and not hardware. If it's hardware it looks like it could be the video chip or the video ram. From your image the panel itself looks fine.
They don't change from dark to light, it's the white balance of my iPhone 5's camera that causes it to look like that. They stay sort of a grey color.
 

jfyrfytr25

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They don't change from dark to light, it's the white balance of my iPhone 5's camera that causes it to look like that. They stay sort of a grey color.
A pixel exhibiting any color is not dead. It may be stuck, but not dead.
A friend of mine had this and from what I remember it was a pretty common issue starting when the device is around 2years old.

It is either a bad LCD (not on the pixel level but something in the electronics, maybe a shorted ribbon cable) or it is a bad logic board. Either way, it is 6 years old and has served it's life. Let it RIP and get a new iPod touch to replace it.
 

AlphaDogg

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A pixel exhibiting any color is not dead. It may be stuck, but not dead.
A friend of mine had this and from what I remember it was a pretty common issue starting when the device is around 2years old.

It is either a bad LCD (not on the pixel level but something in the electronics, maybe a shorted ribbon cable) or it is a bad logic board. Either way, it is 6 years old and has served it's life. Let it RIP and get a new iPod touch to replace it.
It is a problem on the pixel level, because the damaged pixels are visible when the device is off.

Its useful life is not over, so I will not be replacing it at this point. Nice try, undercover Apple salesman ;). I actually put it away and replaced it on the dock with my old 2nd gen iPod touch.
 

AlphaDogg

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This is what it looks like with the device off. I shined an LED light into the display to help make it visible. The light you see is a result of the LED light, not from the phone being powered on.

 
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