How to Eliminate Stuck Pixels on a Laptop or Monitor
How to Eliminate Stuck Pixels on a Laptop or Monitor

How to Eliminate Stuck Pixels on a Laptop or Monitor

Stuck pixels are one of the most annoying things you’ll come across on a computer – they’re right up there with dead keys and faulty power supplies. Stuck pixels are single bright colored square on the screen that are there no matter what you’re doing, in the way and often distracting, especially when trying to watch a movie or play a game.
If you have a stuck pixel on your monitor, the odds are it can be corrected relatively easily. There are two methods used to fix stuck pixels – neither is worse than the other, though if one method fails, the other will likely work, so try both. The first method is easiest, and it’s the digital method. The second method is the manual method.

Digital Method

The digital method is very simple. You need to install software that eliminates stuck pixels by activating and deactivating them rapidly. The best software seems to be JscreenFix. Search for the program and install it.

This program will run for awhile, just leave it alone. When it’s finished, you shouldn’t see the pixel. If it’s there you may want to try the manual approach.

Manual Method

The manual method is more careful of an experience, but tends to work quite a bit faster. Place something soft over your screen, like a rag, and use a marker to mark where the dead pixel is (on the rag, not your screen). Now shut the monitor off and use your finger nail (or toothpick or similar) to rub the spot with stuck pixel. Use minimal pressure or you’re cause other damage. While applying pressure , turn the monitor on and remove the rag. The pixel will hopefully be gone.

Bonus Method

Create two pictures at the resolution of your desktop, one black and one white. Save them and then open the two pictures and minimize them. Now, switch between them as fast as possible with the mouse. Do this for a minute or so. Hopefully the pixel will be gone. If it doesn’t work with a minute of flipping, try it again. If you can’t flip fast enough, use Photoshop or GIMP to create a GIF animation and set the frame rate really high so that it flips fast. Play the GIF at full screen for a minute or two.

If none of these methods work, you’re probably not going to fix it. If it is a minor speck, then you’ll likely be able to ignore it. If you can’t, try them above methods again in the chance that one will work. If not, you’ll have to replace it.