Do You Have Dead Pixels?

Written by Lynn Chan

Take a good look at your notebook computer screen. Do you find some tiny dark spots? You could have dead pixels. One ofrepparttar most expensive parts of your notebook computer isrepparttar 151084 LCD screen.

LCD's are highly sensitive and any amount of pressure, touching or handling may damage it. As such, dead pixels aren't an uncommon thing. Apparently, some degree of dead pixels is to be expected. Still if you have a lot of them, it would be classified as a defective screen. So, how do you determine if you have dead pixels?

Before we go there, make sure it's not just dust. Clean your screen first. The best way to do that is to use a soft cotton cloth - no rags or paper towel as they can scratch your screen easily. Moistenrepparttar 151085 cloth with plain old water and wiperepparttar 151086 screen gently.

Side note: I've also tried maintaining my screen dust free with a Swiffer Duster. These are inexpensive, very soft and they pick uprepparttar 151087 dirt not just re-distribute it. It has worked well. Of course, this will not take care of smudges or dried on dirt. So you'll still have to userepparttar 151088 cotton cloth and water combo sometimes.

Once you've cleaned it, you can run a quick check with a free software called Dead Pixel Buddy. It's basically a very simple file that will rotate your screen through allrepparttar 151089 basic colors. This way you can tell if a pixel on your screen is not displaying properly. One tip, you might want to get a help of a friend. Two sets of eyes are better than one especially since pixels tend to be miniscule.

Computer Help Desk Stupid Questions brought to you by Computer Service Now (CSN)

Written by John Beagle

CSN Helps desk technicians know first hand thatrepparttar phrase 'there are no stupid questions' is untrue. It's understandable that people are nervous about computer technology, but everyday computer technicians are asked to help people out of problems that leave them asking... do you get to work?

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A customer was enraged because his computer had told him he was "Bad and an invalid." The tech explained thatrepparttar 150978 computer's "bad command" and "invalid" responses shouldn't be taken personally. Another customer called tech support to say her brand new computer wouldn't work. She said she unpackedrepparttar 150979 unit, plugged it in and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen. When asked what happened when she pressedrepparttar 150980 power switch, she asked, "What power switch?"

Computer companies have changerepparttar 150981 text to their manuals from "Press Any Key" to "Press Return Key" because ofrepparttar 150982 question where isrepparttar 150983 "Any Key"?

A confused caller was having trouble printing documents. He toldrepparttar 150984 technician thatrepparttar 150985 computer had said it "couldn't findrepparttar 150986 printer." The user had also tried turningrepparttar 150987 computer screen to facerepparttar 150988 printer-but that his computer still couldn't "see"repparttar 150989 printer.

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