How to Fix Stuck or Dead Pixels

Many people have had problems with pixels on their old monitors. They might get black screens or see lines on the screen or a small square, rather than a picture. This happens when the monitor is displaying too few pixels to show an image clearly. A monitor’s resolution determines how many pixels it has. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.

A pixel is a tiny point of light. The more pixels on a screen, the clearer an image becomes. Most computers have a standard resolution – 1024 x 768, which means that the screen is made up of about 786,400 individual points of light.

Your computer’s resolution is measured in dots per inch. This is also called ‘DPI’, short for dots per inch. DPI is an important factor in how clear a picture looks on your computer screen. If a picture looks good on your computer screen, then it is probably clear. A higher DPI value means a better quality picture.

The DPI value of most monitors is around 85-110 (DPI).

The Difference Between Stuck and Dead Pixels

Dead pixels: After many years of use, your digital camera may show a few black or white pixels in random areas. These usually do not affect the picture, but a few may cause some minor issues in your photos.  These will appear in different parts of your photos and are more difficult to correct.

Stuck pixels: These appear in the same places each time you take a photo. They are easy to fix.

How to Spot Dead or Stuck Pixels

Pixels are tiny little dots, which are part of a computer screen. They are used to produce colors and images and can also indicate when something has gone wrong. A pixel can get stuck or damaged if there is a problem with the pixels themselves. Pixels can go wrong if they have become ‘dead’. If you are unsure of how to check a monitor, ask your technology provider. Alternatively, the following are some pointers on how to spot dead pixels.

Check your monitor and look for dead pixels.

If you are looking at your screen on a computer, you should be able to see a list of items on the top left-hand side. The screen is divided into three columns. In the middle column, there will be a number of small squares. If these are dark, then they have gone black and this indicates a pixel that is not working correctly.

Look for flickering.

Flickering occurs when parts of the screen randomly flicker on and off. This is usually a sign of a damaged pixel.

Check your computer for viruses.

If your computer has been infected with a virus, you may see a warning message on your screen. These appear as distorted letters. If you have seen a message like this, contact your computer support team immediately.

Check the power supply.

Check that the connections to the computer are secure and that the power supply is working.

Check for dust.

If your computer has been exposed to dust or dirt, this can cause damage to the monitor. You can remove dust using a vacuum cleaner.

Get in touch.

Dead pixels can occur if you have a damaged screen. Contact your technology provider immediately. They will advise on whether you need to return your monitor to be fixed.

Are Stuck Pixels Permanent?

If you have a computer monitor that is displaying a ‘Stuck Pixel’ message, it may appear that the display is completely corrupted. It might not respond to mouse clicks or it might make no sense at all.

What is a Stuck Pixel?

The word ‘pixel’ comes from ‘picture element’. A pixel is a tiny picture element of a digital image displayed on the screen of a computer monitor.

Pixel information is stored in an image file, which is a series of numbers called an ‘RGB (Red Green Blue) matrix’. The size of the pixel depends on the size of the image file.

A pixel is defined as a square dot of colour. The colour can be red, green, blue, white, black, grey or a mixture of these colours. Each pixel contains only one colour and does not contain any background information.

When a monitor displays an image, the monitor sends each pixel information to the computer. The computer combines the information from all the pixels in the image to form a single picture. In a colour monitor, the computer sends three sets of information, red, green and blue.

Each pixel on the screen consists of a number of dots, each containing a particular colour. The size of a pixel depends on the size of the image file. When the image is enlarged, the size of the pixels remains the same but the number of dots inside each pixel increases.

The image on your computer monitor is not actually displayed as a pixel, but as a series of dots. To the naked eye, however, a pixel appears to be a square dot of a certain colour.

What causes Stuck Pixels?

In most monitors, each pixel has a ‘dot address’. This is a small number that tells the monitor where to find the data for each colour in the pixel.

When the monitor is working correctly, the dot addresses are correct, which means that the monitor can read the correct data for each colour in the pixel.

However, sometimes a ‘dot address error’ occurs. The dot addresses get messed up, usually because the monitor is damaged, but sometimes because the monitor is working incorrectly.

This results in a pixel appearing as a square of the wrong colour, a pixel that appears as a large square of a different colour.

Why does a monitor suddenly display a Stuck Pixel?

A Stuck Pixel can occur as a result of many different problems.

• You may not be able to see the screen of your computer monitor because the screen may be turned off.

• The computer may have been turned off and you may not be able to access the data that would normally tell the monitor what to do.

• Your computer may have been turned off or it may not be working correctly.

• There may be a problem with the cables connecting your monitor to the computer.

• You may not have the right software, such as a program or a driver, to display the image that you are trying to view.

• The monitor may be defective.

What to do if you have a Stuck Pixel

If you see a Stuck Pixel message on your computer screen, turn the computer off and then turn it back on again. If you have a colour monitor, the monitor will have been turned off when the Stuck Pixel appeared. If you have a black and white monitor, the monitor will not have been turned off.

Next, check that you have the correct software to display the image that you are trying to view. It may be possible to use a free program such as GIMP or PhotoPaint.

If the Stuck Pixel has occurred as a result of a software problem, then reinstall the software and restart your computer.

If the Stuck Pixel has occurred as a result of a hardware problem, it may be necessary to contact the computer manufacturer.

There are different ways to get rid of stuck or dead pixels:

Clear the cache on your browser.

This clears temporary files that can cause problems. To do this, press Control-Shift-Delete or go to ‘tools’ and select ‘Clear cache’.

Change the monitor’s settings.

If you have an old monitor, you may find that changing the screen’s resolution will improve the picture.

To do this, go to the display control panel and click on the icon of the monitor. Then select ‘preferences’, and set the resolution according to your needs.

Repair the monitor.

If you are still having trouble with your monitor, the best solution is to have it repaired or replaced.

Try using a different web browser.

Most browsers come with different versions. Some are slower, but this can result in a better display. Try other web browsers, such as Chrome or Firefox.

Reset your computer.

Go to’settings’ and select’reset your computer’ to try to fix some of the common problems.

You can also try deleting certain files, such as cookies and temporary internet files. Some programs, such as Google Chrome, have options to delete these. Go to ‘tools’ and select ‘clear browsing data’.

Change the monitor’s settings.

If you have an old monitor, you may find that changing the screen’s resolution will improve the picture.

To do this, go to the display control panel and click on the icon of the monitor. Then select ‘preferences’, and set the resolution according to your needs.

Try using a different video card.

Many people experience problems with their graphics cards. These are a type of chip which controls the processor and provides access to the monitor. The problem is that they are not always compatible with each other, so try switching graphics cards.

Look for support.

If you’re having problems with your computer, try checking online for help. You might also be able to contact a local computer shop or your school to ask for help. They might be able to help you with your issue.

Try the troubleshooting tips above, then try changing your monitor’s settings.

If your screen still isn’t working properly, it might be time for a new monitor. You can do this yourself or take it to a repair shop. In some cases, it might be best to have it repaired.