Talk:Defective pixel

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I've been looking around for some statistics on defective/dead/stuck pixels and almost all information on the net is pretty old, dating earlier than 2010. This supports my theory that the industry has all but eliminated this problem. What i'm still sometimes hearing of is hot/cold pixels on image sensors, and even that lesser issue seems to be quite rare nowadays. I would like to update the article accordingly, but since a non-problem doesn't draw media attention, it is hard to find reliable sources. Mumiemonstret (talk) 11:00, 18 June 2014 (UTC)


In the Dark dot defects/Bright dot defects section, it's claimed that a pixel that is in the "on" position blocks light from coming through, which leaves a dark spot, whereas a pixel that is "off" lets light through and creates a bright spot. This coincides with my understanding of how LCDs work, and I've read it from other sources as well. However the Stuck versus dead pixels section states the opposite:

"In a dead pixel, all three sub-pixels are permanently off, producing a permanently black pixel. Dead pixels can result from similar manufacturing anomalies as stuck pixels, but may also occur from a non-functioning transistor resulting in complete lack of power to the pixel."

—this contradicts what is stated in earlier sections. There is also no citation for this, and the entire section seems to be of dubious probity.-- (talk) 02:09, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Defective subpixel on a CRT[edit]

Not only LCDs can have defective pixels, I have a CRT with a defective subpixel.

Dead subpixel on a CRT

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That's definitely very interesting, but could be misleading to people who don't understand the difference between a CRT and an LCD. An LCD's defective pixels are due to dead electronics right there, actually at that pixel on the screen, versus this CRT's problem is that something is probably blocking the shadow mask... all of the actual electronics are ok, as they are located in the back of the monitor. Has this monitor been moved around a lot, possibly layed face-down?

Good image capture, by the way. 22:14, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

The subpixel is dead since I bought the display (new) about 6.5 years ago. I don’t know what they did with it before I bought it :) Today I ask myself why I didn’t complain about it during the warranty period. – \ldblquote 23:47, 20 October 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
I've seen this on a few CRTs myself, including an old Mac Color Classic in my collection. Those use Trinitron tubes, BTW. I wonder if it could be fixed by laying the monitor on its back and tapping on the glass front? Jax184 01:14, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
Also, subixel is not the correct word, because CRTs don't have fixed pixels. The thing, which is blocked is just a hole in the shadow mask. See shadow mask for details. --MrBurns (talk) 06:50, 17 October 2008 (UTC)


I've just noticed a stuck pixel on my rather new 22inch lcd monitor. I can definately confirm that gently rubbing the screen cleared it! thanks to whoever wrote that!-- (talk) 18:37, 11 December 2007 (UTC)


I thought I got oken" lcd off ebay with several "dead" pixels, now with using those "flashing"-tools and (not very) softly rubbing on the stuck pixels they magically turn alive again, almost all of them, I'm glad. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:36, 25 July 2008 (UTC)


"Samsung conforms to ISO 13406-2 to replace any dead pixels within 14 days": from what I read the ISO 13406-2 says nothing like that —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:44, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Hot Pixels[edit]

In photography, a hot pixel can also refer to a pixel that will show up red in long exposures due to higher than normal charge leakage. Source Source —Preceding unsigned comment added by Major Small (talkcontribs) 20:55, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes, this seems to be a fairly notable usage that should probably receive its own page.-- (talk) 01:54, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Linked Pixels[edit]

There is a a 4th type of defective pixel, a linked pixel where its color is determined by other pixels on the screen. This type of defect is also see in computer memory cells. Example: My monitor has 1 linked pixel that is red under special circumstances. The brightness of the linked pixel is the summation of the brightness of the column of pixels beneath it. The defective pixel cannot be observed with any standard solid color backgrounds (black, white, red, green, blue, magenta, yellow). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:21, 5 December 2008 (UTC)


Maybe it would be useful to add to the article that it's actually fairly common to have dead or live bugs trapped inside the screen. I've searched google to find out exactly how rare this is, and it appears to happen quite often. Dead insects apparently are commonly mistaken for dead pixels. -- (talk) 15:18, 20 June 2009 (UTC)