The appearance of dead pixels is a problem that occurs quite frequently in all types of devices that include a screen. Monitors, televisions, smartphones, even SmartWatches are the devices most likely to suffer from this type of problem, due to all the works that are running throughout the day. In this article we explain what a dead pixel is, and some simple tricks to try to fix it without spending money.
First of all, we have to differentiate between what is a dead pixel and a stuck pixel. Today's screens are made up of a matrix of tiny dots, which are what we know as pixels. The pixels are those that are illuminated individually , and in different colors and intensities, to generate the final image that we see represented on the screen.
A stuck pixel is one of these points that make up the screen, which has been blocked in a certain color, for example, red. This means that said pixel is always illuminated in red, and never changes color. On the other hand, we have dead pixels , which are those that do not light up for some kind of reason.
Stuck pixels are usually quite easier to repair than dead pixels, although this is not always the case.
Test with the pressure method
The easiest way to try to recover a dead or stuck pixel is to exert slight pressure on the area of the screen where said pixel is at the moment the device is turned on. To do this you can help yourself with a soft cloth, for example microfiber or velvet.
With the device turned off, apply slight pressure with the cloth and a finger of your hand on the area where the stuck or dead pixel is located. Without stopping pressing, turn on the device and release the pressure that you were exerting on the screen, possibly you have managed to wake up the dead or stuck pixel.
If the above method didn't work, you can try the JScreenFix tool. This application works in a browser window , so you will not have to download or install anything. This also means that you can use it on all types of devices, which have a browser with Internet access.
Its operation is very simple. The first step is to open your web browser and go to the official JScreenFix site. Once inside, you will see a blue button at the bottom of the screen, which you can use to put the application to work.
When you have started the application, you will see a small window that indicates its operating area . All you have to do is drag this small window to the area of the screen where the dead or stuck pixel or pixels are.
After that, let the tool run for a few minutes. Normally 10-15 minutes is enough to repair the pixel that was dead or stuck. If you see that it has not worked, you can leave it running for longer, for example, for half an hour, or you can try again at another time.
JScreenFix can be used on all types of screens , both those based on LCD technology and those more modern based on organic OLED technology. Its creators boast a success rate close to 60%, which means that you should be able to repair about half of the cases of dead or stuck pixels.
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