LCD Monitor - how serious is this defect

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  1. John Watson

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    I just got a new computer, bundled with a 17" flatscreen monitor.

    I immediately noticed a 'missing pixel', a tiny pin-point size green dot in the screen before the wallpaper comes up.

    It's not noticeable on most screens when I'm using programs, so, should I return it, or is this within normal performance for LCD displays?

    TIA for opinions / advice.
     
  2. Christ Reynolds

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    it's a dead pixel, and is fairly common with lcd displays. check the return policy about dead pixels. if it isnt noticeable during most programs, i wouldnt worry too much about it.

    CJ
     
  3. Jason Harbaugh

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    And depending on who you got it from, and the manufacturer, they all have different return policies with dead pixels. Some require as many as 8 or 10 dead pixels before they replace it, while others only require 1 or 2.

    A great utility to check your monitor is LCDTest
     
  4. John Watson

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    Thanks guys.

    The monitor has a 3 year warranty so I guess I won't worry unless the problem spreads.
     
  5. MarkHastings

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    I would definitely try to return it, but don't get discouraged if you find out you can't. Dead pixels are common, even with new equipment.
     
  6. Christ Reynolds

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    it won't spread, the pixels are pretty much individual elements. dead pixels do not affect other pixels, so what you have now is what you will likely have forever.

    CJ
     
  7. Jason Harbaugh

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    There's also the 'massage' method of getting the pixel to work again. [​IMG]
     

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