Sudden burst of dead pixels rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Zach23, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Zach23 macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Weird thing just happened. I am 10000% sure that before today there were absolutely zero dead pixels, the screen was flawless. Today, as I was watching a movie ("Away We Go" with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, but I digress) 5 dead pixels appeared. These are 5 separate locations of dead pixels. However in 2 of those locations, all four pixels that make up the retina's "one" pixel died. How could this have happened!? Can I fix it?

    Pic below:

    I set the desktop background to be black so you guys could see better. They are very noticeable. It seems like on that big stuck pixel, its red, green, and blue.

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    wat do macrumors?
     
  2. area5x1 macrumors newbie

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    As with every other Apple product, the solution is to take it to the Apple store. They'll most likely give you a new laptop as the screen on the rMBP is hard to replace.

    Be sure you backed up your data
     
  3. AlexanderFC macrumors member

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  4. paul117 macrumors regular

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    i have a macbook pro early 2011 and i get a whole cluster of stuck pixels down the bottom right corner of my screen if i watch a movie.... thankfuly for me they disappear as soon as i switch to a my desktop from the movie screen...
     
  5. mdapple macrumors regular

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    i also noticed that i have 4 white dots on the right edge of my screen when i watch a youtube video, but they disappear if its just my desktop with a black background... maybe its just the video?
     
  6. paul117 macrumors regular

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    in my case i think its my screen as it happens to every video.... though oddly enough the pixels do seem to follow the screen across as i am swipeing with 4 fingers.
     
  7. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Update: Went to the apple store and swapped for a new one. All is well. Thanks guys.
     
  8. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You guys are gonna like this. Got the new one I mentioned in the post above. Pristine Screen. Two days later, a massive white stuck pixel. Maybe it's my software?
     
  9. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Tried any of the usual fixes instead of returning it? Might save you some hassle in the long run.

    Whilst I've never had any experience with stuck pixels, it seems that they are pretty easy to fix, although nothing is guaranteed.

    Dead pixels on the other hand.....
     
  10. ljf5000 macrumors newbie

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    Maybe it's Maya Rudolph

    Were you watching Away We Go again? Is Maya Rudolph the common link here??
     
  11. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have tried many things including JScreenFix including the massaging of the pixel. I have massaged the pixel to no avail. I feel like a pixel-whore. Free pixel massages. It's not like a stuck pixel I've seen before. When you look closely you can see red, blue, and green but from afar it looks white. It's like a cluster of smaller pixels. Maybe these are harder to fix.

    Nahhh, I was playing the Binding of Isaac. HOWEVER, Maya Rudolph's dad is Jewish. Jewish people read from the Torah. In the Torah, Isaac is a patriarch of the religion. There MUST be a connection!
     
  12. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    After ordering a replacement screen and it taking 2 days to arrive, it took Apple 1 hour to replace my screen and return it to me, so the RMBP screen replacement can't be all that hard to do... It's expensive though, 740$ replacement if not under warranty is what my order sheet says.
     
  13. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got the new one on friday, so I'm well within 14 days. We'll see what happens though.
     
  14. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah it'll depend on their stock availability. When I first brought mine in they said they didn't have any equivalent units in stock and were not sure when they would get some, so it was probably faster to just replace the screen. I was hoping for an entire laptop replacement since I already have quite a few cycles on my battery, but I can't complain since my 14 days are up. Since you only got it Friday, your cycle count is very low anyway.
     
  15. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ya but I'd rather a new one anyways. Still, what are these stuck pixels? I can't tell if they are dead or stuck. I think stuck because there is some colour but they don't blend into any coloured background. No matter what, it is always visible. Weird.
     
  16. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok after some research I'm finding that in my case all three subpixels are stuck. One is stuck red, one is stuck green, and one is stuck blue. Is it odd that all three are stuck? Maybe it is a software issue?

    Thanks for the help, hopefully it can help others.

    Edit: When all three are stuck in green, red, and blue, it makes the full pixel look white and is called a "hot pixel."
     
  17. njean777 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I got one pixel that is giving me problems on my MBPr right now, but it only shows up on a black background. Don't know if that is worth going to the Apple Store over, going to try to fix it with that app described above.
     
  18. katmeef macrumors 6502

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    Are you in an unusual environment at all or have unusual usage patterns? What's the ambient temperature? Is it very humid or dry? Not sure if or why these would matter for stuck pixels, but with 2 machines developing the same problem maybe there is something in common triggering it. It's possible that it's just a random occurrence of course, but with 2 machines I would be looking for something to explain it.
     
  19. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was trying to think of patterns. I live in Toronto, so nothing weird. For hot pixels, it would make sense if the problem was hardware related but I can't think of anything that would relate the two computers. As for software, the new computer is running a back up of the old one but I'm not running any weird software that nobody else isn't running.
    For example, gfxCardStatus, Caffeine, flux, moom, onyX, I used to use CleanMyMac but I recently uninstalled it, and thats really about it other than the obvious google chrome, VLC, and iTunes..
     
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  21. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    This happened with my 27" Cinema Display I ordered a few years ago. I had about 25 stuck pixels in lime green. Oddly enough, after about a week they started working again.
    If worst comes to worst, you have to remember you're under warranty for at least a year so you have plenty of time to take care of this, you don't have to exchange right away, especially with supplies as tight as they currently are.
     
  22. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    They replace the entire back shell. The screen can not be removed from the aluminium casing.

    I assume they implemented something in their new hinge design to allow for easy replacements, as it does seem very different from the standard MBPs.
     
  23. katmeef macrumors 6502

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    Do you use it in clamshell mode frequently while using an external? Maybe the exhaust vents are blasting on the LCD?

    I've had the base model for 3.5 weeks now and am just an hour away from TO (i can see it across the lake), so the ambient temp/humidity likely aren't to blame as this hasn't happened to mine through the heat wave we've been having.
     
  24. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Looks like dust. Wipe the screen with your finger.

    lol I'm kidding. Wouldn't that be funny though?

    Take it to apple. Some places have a dead pixel warranty tho. Meaning they will only do something if there are 5 or more dead pixels for example.

     
  25. Zach23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright, got swapped. Third time's the charm.
     

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