Let's Find a Pattern With the Bad Screens

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by cavemonkey50, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. cavemonkey50 macrumors 6502

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    I have a feeling the bad screen batches all have a similar serial number. Maybe I'm wrong, but it can't hurt to find a pattern. If you guys could post the following, we can hopefully find a pattern with the bad screens:

    Serial Prefix: 9C73679XXXX
    Week: 36 (The number after C7 in the serial.)
    Version: 3A101a (Reported in Settings>General>About>Version)
    Negative Screen: Yes
    Location Purchased: Apple Store
     
  2. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Just curious how you know that the number after C7 indicates the week it was produce.

    If you are correct, mine is a week 37 and 3A100a. I think my screen is fine. I do not have anything to compare it to though.
     
  3. rmh macrumors regular

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    Eh, why not..

    37, version 3A101a, bought from Apple store
     
  4. cavemonkey50 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's how it is for all serial numbers on every product Apple sells. So my iPod was made last week (36) and yours was made this week (37).

    It's interesting your version is 100a and not 101a. Hopefully something stupid like that will reveal a difference in screens or manufacturers.
     
  5. cavemonkey50 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you have a negative black screen?
     
  6. dmize macrumors newbie

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    Here's mine, which I got from Best Buy last night:

    Serial: 9C737XXXXXX
    Week: 37
    Version: 3A100a

    Screen's fine, no negative black problem. No hissing audio, either.
     
  7. telf22 macrumors regular

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    week - 36

    screwed up screen - indeed

    purchased from 5th ave apple store.




    if there's no recall or something by the end of this week i will exchange mine for another one and kep that one.
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, exactly whats the problem? I can't even tell?
     
  9. Cache macrumors regular

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    A pattern emerges if rmh's sreen is fine too. :p
     
  10. Brereton55 macrumors newbie

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    From what I have read on all the forums it seems to be a problem with the Apple store shipment.
     
  11. cavemonkey50 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So far I see 3A100a = good screen, 3A101a = bad screen.
     
  12. EnTg888 macrumors member

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    Week: 37
    Version: 3A101a
    8GB, purchased from Apple Store.
    Screen a bit screwy, but apparently not enough for them to take it back =(.
     
  13. bushman1 macrumors regular

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    i have a 37.The screen washes ourlt blacks on videos and maby has a few imperfitions in how even the back light is. It isnt even when the whole screen is black. I dont get a hissing noise in yhr auido.
     
  14. rmh macrumors regular

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    Well, whenever I watch videos that have dark spots I feel like I need to tilt my iPod to see them correctly. Is that what you're talking about?
     
  15. Sir. Cheesecake macrumors member

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    3a100a seems to be the one that has good screens. Keep um coming guys. This is good info to know! Wish you guys would say what stores you bought it at instead of just the serial numbers.
     
  16. Brereton55 macrumors newbie

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    Return it and wait for another shipment don't let them screw you
     
  17. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    9C737
    Week 37
    3a100a
    No (not that I can tell anyways)
    Apple Store
     
  18. SpruceGoose macrumors newbie

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    My iPod Touch pre-order is being prepared for shippment, so no problems for me yet. However my wife bought hers at a Best Buy this morning, and although light scenes look great she has the same negative/shimmering black problem others have reported. Poor Darth Vader looks like a shiny dark blob. Only seems to be an issue with very very dark tones, otherwise image quality is great, sound quality is great and responsiveness of the device is top notch. Hopefully if Apple does identify a bad batch they'll make it right.

    Serial Prefix: 9C7377MXXXX
    Week: 37 (The number after C7 in the serial.)
    Version: 3A101a (Reported in Settings>General>About>Version)
    Negative Screen: Yes
    Location Purchased: Best Buy (16g model)

    Guess that's another in the 101a camp with the problem.
     
  19. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    Serial Prefix: 9C7372
    Week: 37
    Version: 1.1 (3A100a)
    Negative Screen: Yes
    Location Purchased: Best Buy

    Mine has a negative screen. Not horrible, but not great either. I definitely need to be cognizant of viewing angle to minimize the effect.

    I know my MacBook doesn't have the most awesome of screens, but its definitely better than my Touch screen.
     
  20. WILLDOGS macrumors regular

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    Serial Prefix: 9C7373YXXXX
    Week: 37 (The number after C7 in the serial.)
    Version: 3A100a (Reported in Settings>General>About>Version)
    Negative Screen: NO, Not that I can tell. Everything looks perfect, nothing obvious.
    Location Purchased: Apple Store

    NO hissing or any other issues noted.
     
  21. graln1k macrumors member

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    I have a week 37
    Version 3A100A

    Purchased at Best Buy on the 14th.

    Screen is terrible.
    No hissing.
     
  22. gloss macrumors 601

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    Week 37.

    Version 3A100a.

    Negative screen: Yes, most noticeable in dark environments.

    Hissing: Nothing out of the ordinary.
     
  23. DocVT macrumors member

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    I got my 16GB at Best Buy today.

    Serial: 9C736XXXXXX
    Week: 36
    Version: 3A100a
    Screen: fine
    Audio: fine

    I am really enjoying this new toy.
     
  24. dragonguy83 macrumors member

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    mine is, 9c736, 3a100a
    screen has little negative effect, didnt notice it till i compared to you yours. no hissing.
    apple store san antonio texas
     
  25. onionperson654 macrumors regular

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    First, I've got to give a shout out to cavemonkey50 for this great idea and way to organize it.

    I've organized the results from above in a summary:

    name store week number quality
    cavemonkey50----Apple---36--------101------bad
    buffalo--------------------37--------100------good
    dmize---------------------37--------100------good
    telf22------------apple----36--------___------bad
    EnTg888---------Apple----37--------101------bad
    bushman1-----------------37--------___------bad
    teerexx52--------Apple----37--------100------good
    sprucegoose-----BestBuy--37--------101------bad
    madmaxmedia----BestBuy--37-------- ___-----bad
    WILLDOGS-------Apple-----37--------100-------good
    graln1k----------BestBuy--37--------101------bad
    gloss----------------------37-------100-------bad
    DocVT----------BestBuy---36-------100-------good
    dragonguy83----Apple-----36-------100--------bad? (just a little?)

    It appears that week number and store have little to do with this (althogh of course we have too few samples).

    We need to know if it was 100a or 101a from telf22, bushman1, and madmaxmedia...

    To summarize the rest:

    101a- 4 models- all bad
    100a- 6 models- 5 good, one bad, one a little bad?


    Well, we are far from conclusive, but there appears to be a pattern emerging, keep sending in numbers and quality (and store and week just to be sure)!
     

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