Wow I just fixed a stuck pixel on my iPhone 3g

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by godkorg, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. godkorg macrumors member

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    I was on a family vacation and to my horror I noticed a stuck pixel. Not a dead pixel (usually shows up as black) but just a stuck one (they're usually of a colour) and show up as a small dot.

    I'm sorry if this was posted before but I'm pretty exited that I was able to fix this so easily...

    I didn't use those animated gif sites to try and coax the stuck pixel to live... on a computer repair site I visit someone mentioned being able to fix stuck pixels using a pencil eraser and by applying gentle presure on the affected area...

    I just took my thumb, and very gently pressed on my iPhone's screen by the stuck pixel and it faded ever so slightly... gave it another gentle squeeze and it dissapeared completely... this was about a week ago and it's never came back... I was soooooo discouraged when I noticed a bright blue/green pixel in the middle of my screen... having read the hassles you can have exchanging for a stuck pixel... the fix was seriously easy...

    Hope this helps someone here... but that was such a ridiculous fix I cant believe it worked....

    Take care friends =) I apologize if this is a triplicate post

    ciao!:)
     
  2. queshy macrumors 68040

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    wow, nice job.

    Interesting the pressure method worked since the iPhone's screen is covered in a layer of glass.
     
  3. godkorg thread starter macrumors member

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    Well exactly, I was laying in bed kind of bummed out, and I just gave a gentle squeeze of the iphone.... and over about 10 seconds (and one more squeeze) the stuck pixel faded... it had been stuck all day. I really dont get it...
     
  4. queshy macrumors 68040

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    How sure are you that it wasn't just a piece of dust or something?
     
  5. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    That same technique works on almost any LCD screen. I've used it on laptops and the occasional desktop display.

    Mostly, I use my fingers, though, as I find it easier to know exactly how much pressure you are exerting, and it is spread over a wider area...

    :apple::apple:
     
  6. nimda0 macrumors 6502

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    heh, now that's interesting... a greenish or blue colored peice of dust. NICE!!!!!

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. queshy macrumors 68040

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    well, the pixels are so small, so it would be hard to discern a piece of dity/dust from a stuck pixel. Only a close inspection of it can reveal the true identity. Depends how good your eyes are too
     
  8. bova80 macrumors 6502a

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    if you ask me its pretty easy to distinguish this. i dont nkow how many particles of dust you know that glow green or blue.
     
  9. TonyMil macrumors member

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    I'm going to hell. When I read the method all I could think of was "Remove stuck pixels with the zit method!"

    Thanks for sharing the method though. I hope I never have to deal with a stuck pixel but at least now I know how. I appreciate it.
     
  10. csupinski macrumors member

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    I think there is a program in the App Store that makes your screen flash different colors very quickly, that would also cause a stuck pixel to come back to life. The only problem with any of these methods is that the stuck pixel will come back in time.
     
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  12. soularchill macrumors newbie

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    it worked for me!!!

    Hey! Thanks so much for posting this stuck pixel fix. I bought a new 16gb 3g iphone yesterday, got it home, to find that there was a stuck pixel. I was so bummed, and the appts at the genius bar were filled for the next 2 days. I tried this fix and IT WORKED!!! Don't know if it was dust or a stuck pixel, but my phone is perfect now!! Thank you!!! :):apple:
     
  13. aosman macrumors 6502

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    That is awesome! I did not know of the iPhone App, but its definitely good to know. Out of experience these things never worked for me but its worth a try.
     
  14. impasto macrumors newbie

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    Hello, this is my first post. Today I just found a stuck pixel and I tried the same thing the op tried and the flashiing colors program. I am not sure what to do now. It will really bother me if I leave it there, but what will happen if I go to Apple or call them. It is just one tiny pixel after all, but it drives me insane! I can see it right on the black background of the home screen.
     
  15. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Couldn't be dust. I massaged a 'magenta' pixel out of an iPhone 1G and a green pixel on a MBA.
     
  16. EasyCheese macrumors newbie

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    Holy crap!!! I have had a bright red pixel on my 16gb 3g for about a week now. I tried this and it immediately worked. If it comes back, fine, I'll know what to do.

    Thanks for the post!
     
  17. soularchill macrumors newbie

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    hey guys. i first tried the rotating colors app for two hours on my phone, and it did nothing to get rid of the magenta stuck pixel. then i found this blog, and i did the gentle pressure thing with my thumb, and it first flickered and faded, and when i tried it again, it disappeared!!! the apple store told me to make an appt with the genius bar, and they would replace the phone. i am so glad that i didnt have to make the drive and wait around for all that, as well as pay a restocking fee. good luck with yours!:cool:
     
  18. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    I must be the only one where this hasn't worked :(
     
  19. Zathu macrumors regular

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    I'm trying to take care of one but I think it is too close to the edge and pressure doesn't get to it properly.. :(
     
  20. impasto macrumors newbie

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    it did't work more me.. I'm going to have apple look at it ...
     
  21. godkorg thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm glad a few of you got a fix out of this!! =) Much nerd joy, my stuck pixel was near the edge too, I was holding the phone with my right hand, and applied pressure gently.. with the first almost knuckle like joint of my thumb over the screen (four fingers on the back of the iphone)

    I get the feeling the glass is on a bit of a cusion, compared to my iTouch.. it probably reduces shatterability if dropped too.. and would explain why you can sort of squeeze the thing? Glad some of you got unstuck anyway!!! =)
     
  22. soularchill macrumors newbie

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    pixel came back

    hey guys: the magenta pixel has come back a couple of times, and i just gently applied pressure again and it immediately went away. very strange, but still an easy fix.:)
     
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    Just fixed my iPhone 3G red stuck pixel

    Hey what's up, I did a combination of applying pressure to the screen and using that hex color screen fixer and it got rid of my red stuck pixel. It disappeared after I used the pixel fixer for about 5-10 minutes then applied pressure to the red stuck pixel and it disappeared. Make sure you press pretty hard but not hard enough to ruin the screen, you don't even have to hold it long just move your thumb slowly across the area with pressure applied. Thank you very much for sharing your experience, hopefully mine doesn't come back for awhile, it bugged me so bad.
     
  25. soularchill macrumors newbie

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    stuck pixel

    glad you guys are able to get some stuck pixel relief. the red pixel came back a few times in the beginning, and i applied the pressure again to remove it, and since then, have had no problems. still have my iPhone 3G haven't upgraded to the 3GS. hear it heats up quite a bit. plus i don't want to pay AT&T any more than they are already getting. bastards.:)
     

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