Fix a Broken Pixel
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Monika, Robbi, Lynn and 1 other
Is there anything more irritating than a broken pixel on a monitor? Are you about to throw yours? Don't! There are still things you can do to revive that pixel and still use your precious monitor. Below are geek-tested solutions you can try.
You've spent a fortune saving up for that top of the line smart LED screen/Laptop. You've gone home wondering how awesome it will be to watch high resolution shows on its high-definition screen. So you've set up the monitor and turned on the system only to find a tiny, bright colored dot at the corner of the screen. Bummer! That, my friend is a broken pixel.
Having a hard time deciding if it's just a trick of the eye or really a broken pixel? If it wasn't there when you first used your unit, then it's either a stuck or dead pixel. A stuck pixel is most noticeable when the rest of the screen is dark/black. If you're really unsure if you have a broken pixel, you can utilize the dead pixels test website. Click this link:  Now if you're done with your denials, dealing with the problem is the next step. For a stuck pixel, which is blue, green and red specks (see below), you can begin by following these steps.
Using a microfiber cloth, try pressing the area with the broken/stuck pixel and the surrounding areas as well. You can also use a blunt end point of a Sharpie or any other pointy round object to gently tap the screen (using cloth at the point's end is recommended). However, do not apply too much pressure on the screen or use anything sharp, as you could damage your monitor easily and then you will wish your only dilemma was a defective pixel.
Wait it out
Let Mr. Pixel rest for a while. Each individual pixel is naturally prone to some problems in its span of time. You can try putting the monitor in a ventilated area, set it so that it doesn't sleep on its own and open it partially, perhaps for several days if possible. A combination of no ventilation and constantly being turned on can restore defective pixels. Be warned though, operating your screen for a long duration can pose fire hazards, among other problems. Check your monitor from time to time to see if the problem is already fixed so you won't have to leave it longer than is necessary. Please be cautious.
You are in luck! A few pixel-fixing software solutions are available online that work to re-activate stuck pixels. You can use the following software tools to deal with your broken pixels.
This one is a web-based application that turns all pixels on and off for about 60 frames per second. This action can usually snap the pixel(s) to action and thus permanently restore its normal working order. The website claims that it can repair most stuck pixels in less than 10 minutes. The success rate is 60 percent and it is suitable for LCD and OLED screens. You have nothing to install and it is free of charge. Try it! Here's the link: 
UDPixel is a free application that repairs broken pixels by rapidly changing all pixels located around the stuck one. Use the software for about a few hours at most to see if it works on your broken pixel. This solution has no warranty on results, although you have nothing to lose in trying it out. Here's the link: http://udpix.free.fr/
When All Else Fails
Do not throw that monitor out your window. If you still have a shop warranty for the particular product, you can try contacting the seller to set up a replacement, or if the warranty is up, you may still have them look at your unit for troubleshooting.
Unfortunately however, a single defective pixel may not be enough for a manufacturer to honor the warranty, even if you just recently bought your monitor/Laptop. Most manufacturers requires a minimum number of broken pixels for replacement, while some do replacements even if it's just a single defective pixel. It varies depending on the manufacturer.
In the Near Future
Now that you know how irritating it is to have a broken pixel, it will do you good to be more vigilant the next time you go to a store and purchase a monitor using your hard-earned money. Thorough inspection is better than grudging regret later on when you realize that there's a broken pixel there. Here are the things you should consider:
- 1An LED screen is much less prone to defective/broken screen than LCD's.Standard televisions are less prone to it than both of these two monitors.Advertisement
- 2When looking for the right monitor, consider staring at the screen (every inch of it when possible) and looking for any dead or stuck pixels.Advertisement
- 3Ask the sales person for a warranty regarding dead and stuck pixels and ask if they utilize replacements or refunds.
- 4Buy well-respected brands and not illegitimate ones which may offer a low price for a big screen.What is a big screen anyway if it has a single pixel that can destroy your viewing pleasure and playing fun, right?Advertisement
What is a Broken Pixel?
A broken pixel is a typical occurrence with monitors using liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. The screen defects you can see are generally caused by a malfunctioning transistor(s) or even a scrambled distribution of the LCD liquid in the display. It is represented as a bright color that fails to update after neighboring pixels have already changed.
A stuck pixel will look like a speck of still, solid color - red, blue or green. You can be sure that it is a stuck pixel if it is any of these colors. A stuck pixel is often possible to unstuck through conventional means.
A dead pixel will look like a black speck on your monitor. It is a pixel that is not performing as it should. Dead pixels most of the time are beyond saving and all you can do is either replace the unit or bear with the problem.
Tips, Tricks and Warning
- The JS screen fix technology shown above is a pixel fixing algorithm that has been utilized to about four million screens and is regarded as the most effective software solution available for fixing defective pixels.
- Do not attempt using strong chemicals for cleaning your screen, as they can soak thought the thin LCD screen and damage the system.
- Be careful not to let an unauthorized repairman fix your monitor, as this will void any warranty you have.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Hardware
Recent edits by: Lynn, Robbi, Monika