Signs there is something wrong with your TV or monitor and how to fix it

There is no worse feeling than turning on your brand new monitor only to find something wrong with it.

Sometimes that fuzzy picture looks worse than it really is however, and the problem can be easily fixed.

Check out some of the most common issues below and how to fix them:


Dead pixels

Dead pixels are immediately apparent, as they are characteristically shown as a black, unchanging spots in the middle of the screen.

Unlike stuck pixels (see below), dead pixels are caused by manufacturing error or damage and there is very little you can do short of replacing the entire unit.

Fortunately many TVs and monitors offer a warranty on the screen, depending on how many dead pixels are present.

These terms should be clearly laid out in the warranty booklet/pamphlet.

Dead Pixel


Stuck pixels

Sometimes a pixel that appears to be “dead” is actually stuck, and is not cycling through the displayed colours correctly.

These stuck pixels can usually be easily fixed either by gently applying external pressure against the screen or by using a computer utility that will quickly flash colours and force the pixel to change.

We recommend using a program like JScreenFix.


Flickering

Screen flickering can be caused by a multitude of issues, but the most common is due to a faulty input connection or wiring.

Double-check that your cables are securely fitted and that the monitor is properly plugged in.

External interference, including cellphones, speakers and other electronics, may also be the culprit as they interfere with monitor’s magnetic fields.

Unfortunately, the issue can also be internal (usually faulty wiring), in which case it may require a professional fix or a replacement.

PC gamers, your issue may be GPU related – something that can easily be determined by running a device other than your desktop through your monitor.

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Bleeding Backlight

A bleeding backlight is characterised with some areas of the screen appearing brighter than others. This is most noticeable in darker scenes as blotches of light spill through from the screen’s internals.

It can be caused by the monitors bezel not being fitted correctly, causing light to spill out from the sides of the screen.

This issue is typically not present in higher-end OLED TVs, and the easiest solution may be just to purchase a newer screen.

This is different from the glow emitted from an IPS panel, which is inherent to IPS technology. This can be exacerbated by not viewing the IPS panel head-on and is a present in nearly every IPS screen.

Backlight


Clouding

Clouding is caused by physical damage resulting in a screen that appears hazy, particularly during darker scenes.

There are very few options available to fix the device other than a direct replacement.

Clouding


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