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Remedy for Stuck or Dead Pixels in LCDs Screens

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Like I mentioned previously, in my eBay HOWTO, I sell a lot of things on eBay for myself and for other people. Just recently, I sold a Sony PSP for one of my brother’s friends. I was wary of selling it for him because I’ve heard of stories about how the PSP’s LCD screen is notorious for stuck or dead pixels. Most stores will not even replace it and Sony will not cover it under warranty. My brother’s friend reassured me that there was an easy way to test and fix stuck or dead pixels. Later, I found out that this could also be applied to most other things that use LCDs: monitors, Nintendo DS, TVs, iPods, etc. If you’ve experienced this problem of stuck or dead pixels, don’t loose hope! There is a chance that it can be easily fixed. Just read below:

Behind the Scenes of LCD Repair
When taking an LCD to be fixed for these malfunctioning pixels, we often think that the specialists perform really complicated and technical solutions such as taking the LCD apart layer by layer. They may do that. But, the first step in fixing the LCD does not require that much expertise. It is actually very easy and usually solves the problem. They play a video of rapidly flashing colors to “unstick” all of the pixels. If this does not work, they use their technical magic.

Where to Obtain Video
You may be asking, “Where can I get this video?” The technicians usually have a homemade video of flashing colors on hand. It is pretty easy to make. The PSP Vault has a great video of flashing colors. For those who cannot play videos (like iPod Photo users), IGN carries a bunch of solid color pictures designed to unstick pixels. Just scroll through the pictures very quickly. Again, this is not just applicable to PSPs and iPods. For example, with an LCD, just download the video from the PSP Vault and enlarge it to fullscreen.

Dangers
Is this dangerous? I don’t have an official answer but I am 99% sure that it is not. It’s just colors. LCDs are designed to display colors, videos, and pictures. Comment on your experience with stuck or dead LCD pixels!

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

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