Confirmation that the “massaging a dead pixel” trick works



March 31st, 2006

BrainFuel has posted confirmation that the "massaging dead pixels back to life" trick does actually work.  Cool.  There's an article on WikiHow on doing this too but the article is a little vague.  Check this out:

  1. Turn off your computer monitor.
  2. Get yourself a damp cloth, so that you don't scratch your screen.
  3. Apply pressure to the area where the stuck pixel is. Do not put pressure anywhere else, as this may make more stuck pixels.
  4. While applying pressure, turn on your computer and screen.
  5. Remove pressure and the stuck pixel should be gone. This works as the liquid in the liquid crystal has not spread into each little pixel. This liquid is used with the backlight on your monitor, allowing different amounts of light through, which creates the different colours.

The emphasis above is mine.  How do you add pressure to just where the dead pixel is without putting pressure on a much bigger area and possibly making things worse?

Another trick that I've found is to use a color flashing video that Sony released for the PSP (to fix pixel problems on the PSP I guess).  The process is detailed in jeffey.blog and the video is available for download from his site.  This video changes the screen color at a rate of 30 times a second and running this for 30 minutes or so (or longer) on the area with the problem might fix it.

But there's more.  There's a free program called UDPixel (short for undead pixel I guess) that will do the same thing.  Download this and run it on the area with the dead (or tired) pixel or pixels for a few hours and see if that works.

I'm trying this out as I speak on a flat panel which has  one dead pixel and will report back later.

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One Response to “Confirmation that the “massaging a dead pixel” trick works”

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