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There's almost nothing as annoying as purchasing a new electronic device only to find that there are flaws in the LCD viewing screen. The experience is fairly common but not often discussed. Most often, these flaws take the form of stuck pixels which show only one color or dead pixels which show nothing but black.

There was a fix for this problem discussed quite some time ago by our friends at Engadget. The solution they addressed suggested using a video file provided by Best Buy to force those stubborn pixels back into doing their jobs. The video file, which works by flashing red, green and blue colors on the display, seeks to dislodge stuck pixels and make them part of the team again. Mixed reports suggest that the process is at least marginally effective.

It seems to me that a person could attempt the same type of fix without having to hunt down that Best Buy video file. If I was required to try it for myself, here's what I'd do:
  • In any paint program I'd create a set of solid color images including: black, white, cherry red, forest green, canary yellow, royal blue, teal, magenta and cyan.
  • Save those images in a large enough image size so they won't tile if set to desktop background.
  • Set those images to run as a screen saver, slide show. Cycle them as fast as possible.
  • Let that screen saver run all night.
In theory, the rapid fire flashing of the intense colors should break loose those stuck pixels. I'd like to test this process myself but all my LCD pixels are performing pretty well. This process is not intended to bring dead pixels back to life, it's suggested simply for breaking loose a few stubborn ones.

One additional suggestion: If you suffer from epilepsy, you'd probably rather not attempt this fix.


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