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How can I fix dead pixels on my iPod?

Asked by pplufthesun (596points) January 1st, 2008

I have a 5th gen iPod that is more than 12 months old and it has around 15 dead pixels. How can I fix this?

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paulc's avatar

I’ve seen applications and videos that flash between red green and blue at high frequencies that are supposed to be able to ressucitate dead pixels on LCD monitors. I have no idea how effective it is but since its the same kind of display I’d say its worth a shot.

If I recall correctly, 5th generation iPods can play video so I’d suggest trying to find or making a video (if you’ve the know-how) which does this same thing and give it a shot. Beyond that, you’ll just have to get it repaired. I think any number of dead pixels would be AppleCare worthy if you purchased that and they would likely replace the unit or the screen.

I found this forum thread about someone fixing their iPod’s dead pixels but its not entirely clear and it sounds a bit like voodoo may have been involved. Might be worth a shot anyway.

richardhenry's avatar

Black pixels are pretty much unfixable, as the pixel has been damaged permanently. You stand a small chance of fixing a stuck pixel (a pixel with a solid colour), but it’s only really likely if you have one or two of them — not fifteen.

You can buy a replacement display for about $25 (including shipping) from eBay or elsewhere, and they are relatively easy to fit if you Google for a tutorial.

Search eBay for “iPod 5G Display” or “iPod 5G LCD”, you should find a bundle of results.

Good luck!

Spargett's avatar

Sometimes massaging the pixel will work, but only if it’s “stuck” as opposed to dead (black).

If they’re just funky, try gently depressing them and massing while powering on the display. Usually this will “unstick” a “stuck” pixel. Other than that, $25 ain’t much for a new display, and iPod are just as simple on the inside as they are on the outside.

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