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Blinky, Blinky

Blinky, Blinky!!!
by Gary Woods

LCD Monitors are definitely cool. They're so thin and look incredible but sometimes they'll get what are called stuck pixels. This is when one of the little points of light won't go out and stays on one color all the time. If this happens to you when the monitor is still under warranty take or ship it back NOW!!!!. If you're down the road on the warranty there are a couple of things you can try.

First up is something called JScreenFix ( This free download repairs stuck pixels through rapid, repetitive operation and resonance. According to the website most stuck pixels are repaired within 20 minutes.

An extra little added bonus is that JScreenFix can also reduce screen burn-in. Burn-in occurs on plasma screens if an area on the screen does not change for a long period of time. This phenomenon can also occur on LCD screens and is more correctly referred to as image persistence. If you're trying to eliminate burn-in you might want to look at JScreenFix deluxe. It will run on your computer for 20 minutes free for you to evaluate the software. After that if you want to keep using it the cost is $20.

If JScreenFix doesn't work for you and you're about ready to throw the monitor through the window you can also try "massaging" the pixel. To try this procedure put a soft cloth on your finger, press down moderately on the afflicted area while powering the screen off and on. The "massaging" method should definitely be tried as a last resort because it does have the potential to cause more stuck pixels.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc