Menu Bar Burning into Apple Cinema Display!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by TheSpaz, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    My menu bar is starting to burn into my display. My display is set to turn off within 10 minutes of not being used. Is the menu bar supposed to leave a ghosted image on the display? I've only had this display for a few months now. Does it count as defective if the menu bar is being burned into the display. It's pretty faint but, it's definitely there.
  2. Josephkyles macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    I didn't think that LCDs had burning issues..
  3. panoz7 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    Raleigh, NC
    They don't. Unlike plasma tvs and older CRT monitors LCDs don't suffer from permanent burn in.

    The little bits that make up an LCD have a memory. If they have been displaying the same thing for long periods of time (like the menu bar) they will have trouble displaying something new for a little while. Give your monitor some time displaying something else (like a screen saver) and the burn in will disappear.
  4. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I actually noticed the same thing happening with my iMac when I first bought it last September. It was very faint, but noticeable whenever I shut down and the menu bar disappeared. It lasted for several months, but now it's like the LCD is "broken in" and it doesn't happen anymore. I don't quite understand that, but it seems to be semi-normal and your display is probably fine.
  5. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Thanks for the quick responses guys! I got a little worried there for a minute. I have it so that my display sleeps but, does that just turn off the backlight? If my display is sleeping but, the image is still being displayed on there, the burn-in must be still occurring right? I had a screensaver chosen to display after 10 minutes of inactivity and my display to sleep after 15 minutes but, now that I think about it, I don't remember seeing my screensaver for quite some time. I think maybe something may have been wrong with my screensaver not starting. I reset my screensaver settings and I'll see if the menu bar image goes away. I also have it so my computer never goes to sleep, so it's probably displaying something on the screen all the time so if the backlight goes out, that doesn't really stop the image from appearing on the screen still but, it would be too dark to see it.
  6. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    Do you have photoshop? Try running it full screen with different colour canvas (ie, black, white, blue, red, yellow, green..etc or run something in full screen) for a minute of each. I have the same problem with mine, I have my monitor on for atleast 8 hours a day. It should get rid of your "burn in effect".
  7. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
  8. techster85 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2006
    Lubbock, TX
    or you could run in full screen in aperture or iPhoto (i think iPhoto takes away the bar, i know that aperture does...)
  9. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    DVD Player. Sit back, relax, and watch a movie. That may be the trick. :)
  10. Tangerine macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2007
    You may have ghosting issue with the display. I know there fews owner report owning the ACD and have ghosting issue where you left a window on too long a ghost image of it is left. I know there some out there that don't have this issue, maybe you should return your because of the defect and try to get another one.
  11. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    How can the image be displayed if the display is sleeping?
  12. davegoody macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2003
    Reading, Berkshire, England
    LCDs are not like Plasma screens . . . .

    LCD screens and Plasma Panels work in completely different ways . . . in a Plasma display, each pixel glows under it's own steam - i.e. when power is applied to that pixel, it glows, independently with no backlight. - An LCD is a completely different beast. LCD monitors have a matrix of LCD pixels sitting on top of a backlight - the backlight being either a Cold-Cathode tube (contains mercuric oxide - nasty stuff) - or in more modern LCDs a high brightness LED backlighting system.. . . . . . . the point here is that when a LCD is "put to sleep", in most if not all cases, the backlight is turned off - the actual LCD display is often still energised and therefore an image is displayed, even if it cannot be seen due to the lack of a backlight.

    Hope this helps your understanding !
  13. billabong macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2004
    I have just noticed this issue when I installed 10.5.2 and I had the blue screen on for a long time. I can see the faint outlines of my login screen. I believe this is because a screen saver doesn't start when you are at the login screen which is stupid. So my cinema display has been stuck on the damn login screen for hours and hours a week. Any advice?

Share This Page