Stuck Pixels (4 months later)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Architect4122, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Architect4122 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    Can stuck pixels just happen or are they typically something that happens during manufacturing?

    Most people notice this as soon as they inspect their comp. I did, and my screen was fine.

    But I have 2-3 stuck pixels that are lighter than everything around them.

    How could this have happened? and if its something that happened (rather than coming like this new) is there a chance it will correct it's self?

  2. letswastetime macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2007
  3. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Stuck and dead pixels do not 'appear out of nowhere'. They are usually there from when they are being manufactured or transported.

    They will not correct themselves over time but sometimes they can be 'massaged' or corrected with a color flashing utility.

    Yours do not sound like stuck pixels but rather that your display has been pushed a little in and somehow the pixels or the area of the display lets more light out than other places. Of course, it's difficult to guess without pictures of it.

    Take it in and get it repaired under warranty.
  4. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Pixel problems usually happen during manufacturing so you can check for them immediately when you get the screen. But sometimes you can also get a stuck/dead pixel later on, although it is less common.

    Pixels can be bad in different ways - always on/off, whole pixel or just subpixels, etc. If one of your pixels appears brighter, it probably means one of the subpixels is always on.

    You can try fixing this with massage or special software, but success isn't guaranteed.

    The error going away by itself is unfortunately highly unlikely, so if the above solutions don't help you, you're going to have to learn to live with it. Apple isn't going to fix it unless there is a larger number of problems, 2-3 stuck pixels aren't enough unless they are close together.

    Look on the bright side - your pixel anomalies could be much worse (my friend had a RED stuck pixel in the center of the screen on a 19" display with huge pixel sizes). After some time you learn to live with it, it's just like the two lines on trinitron CRT monitors ;).
  5. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    I remember that. Outrageous to build such crappy monitors that obviously didn't work the way they should.
  6. Architect4122 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    Darker areas its fine. But anything out of a dark gray and its basically the color but much brighter. :( I've kept this comp perfect.

    Looks like its about 3-4 pixels in a row. I have Apple Care, but school right now is WAY TOO INTENSIVE to give up the laptop for a few days. Maybe spring break.
  7. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    flashy color video file ...

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  8. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Um, to the person who said stuck pixels don't just appear out of anywhere. That's not very true. Stuck pixels can happen at anytime. Dead pixels typically don't appear out of anywhere. Dead pixel is a pixel that doesn't function, at all. I had a Acer laptop that was about 6 months old suddenly have 20+ stuck pixels. It had been in use for 6 months and suddenly, stuck pixels. I had it sent in, and they replaced the monitor and the issue was gone.

    To the OP, Are these 2-3 pixels together? Typically stuck/dead/hot pixels are scattered (but they can be together).

    If that area still changes color (you have a blue background, they're a lighter blue, or if you have a black background, they'll a lighter black, ect), then it's probably a pressure point. If you take your finger and run it across the monitor and you feel a point that goes into the screen, then that is the cause, and Apple may not fix it, as it can be cited that it's abuse.
  9. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005

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