LCD or Liquid Crystal Display is the technology used for the new type of monitors or displays we have for our computers or laptops. Better and more efficient than the old CRT monitors, the LCD monitors are less bulky and more energy efficient. These features were considered initially for laptops, to make them portable. Now they can be found on desktop computers as well. But problems do arise from LCD monitors, and one of them is getting stuck pixels. These are colored dots found on your LCD monitor that never seem to go away and can be annoying after a while. You'll find yourself staring at it from time to time and wondering how to get them off. There are several ways to release them from their state, but you must know how to differentiate a stuck pixel from one that is dead. Liquid flows through cells on an LCD display, when one or more of these cells are colored and don't seem to change they may be a stuck pixel or a dead one. Dead pixels are usually black, and stuck pixels could be any color including black. These steps could help fix a stuck pixel on an LCD monitor or determine if the pixel is dead.
- Locate and identify the stuck pixel. Stuck pixels will take on different colors and are usually annoying dots that are constantly on your LCD monitor. Some may be larger than others and may have a brighter color. Once you've located and identified them as stuck pixels you can proceed to fix them.
- Put pressure on the stuck pixel. Be careful with this procedure to avoid creating scratches and damaging your LCD monitor. Get a damp thin rag or paper towel and place it on your monitor, then with your finger or a blunt piece of instrument apply pressure to the stuck pixel. Turn off the monitor while pressure is being applied and hold for a few seconds. Release the pressure then switch the monitor back on. If the pixel is still there, repeat the process until you don't see the pixel anymore. This procedure transfers the liquid to other parts, as liquid may have just gotten stuck and you just need to help it spread out.
- Tap on the area where stuck pixel is exactly located. This procedure is similar to applying pressure to the stuck pixel except this time you'll be tapping the monitor. Find a darker colored background or wall paper and locate the stuck pixel. Then with a blunt object carefully tap on it. You will notice the area turn a lighter shade before going back to its original color. Do this a few times until you don't see the stuck pixel.
LCD monitors use liquid filled cells, and you can move the liquid around the monitor. A stuck pixel may just be the result of this liquid not being able to move from its cell.