Repairing Stuck Pixels

Computer monitors have evolved right along with computer processing units, albeit at a much slower pace. While microprocessor manufacturers churned out a newer, faster model at the rate of about one per year, new computer monitor models only come out about once every three years or so. The improvements mainly focus on the number of colors it can display as well as the resolution. Computer monitor models in the eighties only had 16 colors and a 640 x 350-pixel display. These days, top of the line monitors can be as big as thirty inches (diagonally measured) and display a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, a far cry from the computer monitor models of the late seventies.

The earliest computer monitor models were chunky, box-shaped affairs that had a green against black color scheme. With their simplicity, they were dubbed ‘dumb terminals’ and they were good enough for the processors of that time since the computers of old were just slightly more complicated than a calculator. As micro-processor technology progressed so did monitors. These days most of us have wide-screen LCD screens hooked up to our CPU, instead of the outdated video display terminals of yore.

One disadvantage of the present-day LCD monitor is the stuck pixel. A stuck pixel is exactly what it sounds like: a stubborn little pixel on your LCD monitor that absolutely refuses to get with the program. Often it shows any of the three primary colors: red, blue, or yellow. A stuck pixel will most likely get unnoticed if it’s located in one of the corners of your LCD. It would, however, appear that the annoyance factor of a stuck pixel is directly proportional to its proximity to the middle of the screen. You’ll find that your eyes seem magnetically drawn to that tiny, never-changing spot.

Having a stuck pixel in your LCD screen is tolerable as long as you’re doing nothing more than typing, but when you happen to use your computer for more visually challenging tasks like editing a photo or playing a computer game. Serious gamers find that a stuck pixel, however small, can significantly lessen their enjoyment of a game as well as their chances of completing any level that involves exemplary hand-and-eye coordination. This is because while the other pixels on your screen changes color to visually simulate movement, a stuck pixel remain, well, stuck to one color. This makes it look annoyingly stationary, especially when your character in the game is trying to fight or run away.

Remedies for a stuck pixel range from the practical to the arcane. Some websites give out free software guaranteed to get rid of a stuck pixel, and some do work, but some don’t. One tried and tested technique is to ‘massage’ the stuck pixel away. Do this by wrapping the tip of your finger with a soft cloth and tracing circular motions on and around the stuck pixel with it while turning your monitor on and off. This method should work for most LCD screens regardless of the size or resolution. For more stubbornly stuck pixels, you may want to hunt for your warranty and just return the whole thing to the store.

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