Thursday, January 19, 2006

A Pixel Named Gobo

I received a beautiful 19" Dell LCD UltraSharp monitor as a very generous gift recently. I adore the monitor aside from one tiny thing - a pixel that has problems with blue. Its subpixel is whack... so if the pixel attempts to turn white it actually turns red, and if the pixel attempts to go black it shows green.

It's not a big deal... but because it's so bright with an opposite color and right smack-dab in the middle of the screen you can't help but notice it. I've tried everything to remedy the problem. I've run endless loops of red, green and blue video hoping that quick color changes will snap it back into place. I've tried rubbing the pixel. I've tried applying pressure with a warm cloth. Nothing.

I tried to replace it with Dell, but since it was outside of its 21-day unconditional return window, all they would give me was a reconditioned part. I initially took them up on their offer... but when it arrived it appeared to have been delivered drop-kick express. The case was cracked and couldn't be put back together, metal parts of the frame were bent, it was an early revision model and the backlight bled through.

So I've kept the original new model and have been trying to come to terms with my one stuck pixel. I think in order to come to terms with it I'll give him a name.

Looks like Gobo is here to stay.

2 comments:

  1. Gobo is a good name for your pixel. It harkens back to a simpler time when Dozers built amazing structures and Fraggles ate said structures.

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  2. First post! +1 karma!

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