LCD Conditioning Explained

LCD Conditioning Explained

We often forget that the technologies that we use have their own limitations and problems. At the end of the day they are tools, and much like a knife that could use some sharpening every now and then, there are things that you can do to maintain tech devices.

This brings us to the topic of this article; LCD screens. If you do use an LCD monitor there are a few things that you should probably be aware of.

For one, the visuals that are produced on your screen by pixels. These pixels essentially form a panel that is used by your LCD to form the visuals.

Now, since these pixels have not been made by Iron Man, they tend to deteriorate over time.

An example of this deterioration would be a single spot of random color that you may spot on an old monitor, you know, the spot that never seems to go away and is very annoying especially when you’re gaming or watching a movie?

It’s called a Stuck Pixel (which is not to be confused with Dead Pixels in which case you’d be better off chucking your screen out and getting a new one)

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Stuck Pixel Example

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Dead Pixel Example

There’s also Mirror Image Persistence which looks something like this:

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Dead Pixel Example

Luckily for you, a feature called LCD Conditioning exists that may help out with problems such as this.

Why do Monitors deteriorate over time?

These problems are overwhelmingly common with gamers and graphic designers.

You need to understand, the games that you play (especially AAA games)  are quite demanding. Think of your PC going into overdrive, which amongst gamers is often called throttling. Your screen has to meet all the graphical demands that the game is throwing at it.

LCD Conditioning For Dell Users

If you have a Dell monitor then congratulations, this process will be far less time-consuming for you.

Dell monitors tend to have this feature inbuilt. It’s called the Image Persistence Repair Program which can be accessed without pre-requisite software.

What you’ll need to do to access it is to simply go to your settings and enable it. The program will display multiple colors to fix your screen which is quite fun to watch, to be honest, so just sit back with a cup of tea and wait for it to be over.

YouTube video

LCD Conditioning for Non-Dell Users

If you’ve got money to waste you could just buy a Dell Monitor and stop reading this article. For others, however, you need not worry. There are a few things that you can do that might give you exact results as the program I mentioned above.

What you essentially need to do is to copy what the program that I mentioned above does. You can do this by having a full-screen white image on your monitor for a prolonged period of time.

There are a bunch of videos on YouTube which contain alternating multiple colors for a long period of time.

If the problem still persists, then I’m afraid you’ll have to visit a service center.