The New Apple Display Screen -- Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Neon1234, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Neon1234 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Ok, for my exams my Dad bought me the MBP 17" and a 24" LED ACD. Converting from Windows i was trying to be optimistic. Before the problem occurred I was impressed.

    The Problem, about two week after i got it, black dots started moving around the screen, behind the glass. I found out that these bugs are called Thrips. As I am typing this I have 10 crawling around inside, yes 10!!!
    How can apple not seal it's displays, It's so irritating I no longer want to look at the screen, thats £600 gone :mad:

    Does anyone know anything about the issue, if it's happened to you. or how long Thrips can live inside a screen. Thanks
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    I had dust behind my screen. If you live by an Apple store, they'll replace it for free (taken you're under warranty). You'll be out of a computer for "5-7" business days, though. :rolleyes:
    Er... if that's the Mac's screen your talking about. Otherwise you'll be out of an external screen for that long.
  3. Neon1234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    it's the Apple Display screen that have the bugs in. So far the MBP's screen seems well sealed.
  4. courboy macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    Same problem with me, I had up to 4 of them. Somebody on here suggested putting a heat source on it for a while which I did and they seemed to disappear. A few others came back the next day so I turned the ACD off and they have all gone now :) I have experienced this on other monitors in the past and it is INCREDIBLY annoying but if you can't get rid of them, I would call into your local apple store and see what they can do about it.
  5. munkees macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2005
    Pacific Northwest
    you should get that fixed, I wonder how these monitors make it though customs with live critters being imported.
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Customs can't inspect everything, unfortunately. :(

    From what I can tell off Wiki and a few other sites, these little buggers have a potential of being rather harmful (feeding on plants + viral transmissions harmful to plants). :eek: :rolleyes: :(
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    LOL. :D

    Seriously though, it could damage the the monitor. Most bug sprays are petroleum based, and damage plastics. It would have to be spot tested in an inconspicuous areas, even on the aluminum. My concern would be for the the screen. No inconspicuous spot to be found. ;) :p

    Then there's the part on the sites I checked, that bug sprays don't really work on these guys. :eek: :(
  8. Neon1234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    The Bugs aren't imported with the display. As the Bugs or Thrips are quite common especially in Europe.

    Standard bug spays will kill them and your electronics.

    I've noticed if they are still alive, if you switch off the display, they will leave. Plus I switched on the display this morning an noticed one bug left, this could be because the display was off for aprox 8 hrs. Or I forgot to open the door or windows to my room, which lead it to getting quite hot. Either way at least I know Thrips are summer only bugs.

    Which reminds me, Thrips don't like cold and low humidity conditions.
  9. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    this is ridiculous! Bugs in a monitor? Have you tried speaking to Apple to get the display exchanged?
  10. Rocket Mk2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
    I have the same problem today.

    I have a 1 month old 24" mac display and it has 3 'thunderbugs' crawling around the back of the screen. - you know those small black flies that come out when its been raining.

    Jig 24 are collecting my screen tomorrow and are going to check to see if it has a faulty seal or something. Not happy about this at all as it could be a design problem. In which case what happens when the warranty runs out.

    There is also a post on this on the apple forum.


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