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Finally Fixing the Weird Issue I’ve Had With the iZ3D Monitor

June 19th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Ever since I’ve got the iZ3D Monitor I’ve had a weird issue with it, strange darker spots around the screen that were making the image look a bit strange, but did not influence the normal operation of the monitor. I immediately suspected that they are caused by dust, but unfortunately cleaning the front part of the screen did not help at all, so this meant that the issue was a bit more serious. Now the normal thing to do here is to return the monitor and get a replacement, taking advantage of the warranty, but if you got the monitor from USA in Europe like in my case, then this is not so easy as you may think. And since I rarely go with the normal way of doing things, backed up by extensive background of things I’ve done that normal people even don’t consider doing I decided to take apart the display and deal with the problem myself…

As I suspected the darker spots were caused by either dust or more likely something that went inside the LCD panel and turned out to be stuck on the frontmost light polarization filter. Trying to wipe it out with a microfiber cloth did not help in removing the spots, but adding some water did the job just fine in removing the stains from the filter. Here of course you should be extra careful should you decide to clean the polarizing filter as you can easily scratch it or get dust particles stuck to it that will later on look like dark spots or even like dead pixels.

Removing the light polarizing filter, cleaning it and returning it back brought back the iZ3D Monitor to a state just like it should be when new. Just a reminder that performing this fix should not be your first idea if you happen to have the same issue, unless of course your warranty is over as opening the display will will void any warranty left. And opening it and trying to fix it is completely at your own risk, if you are not confident enough that you can do it you better not attempt anything…

I suppose that the reason for the whole problem was due to the fact that the monitor was produced in 2007 and has been sitting and waiting for near 3 years before actually being turned on and used since it has been produced. And that time is more than enough to get some dust or other substance accumulated on the polarization filter, as this is not a problem you can easily replicate because of being quite specific. With my weird luck it is no wonder it has happened to me, but fortunately I’m quite capable of fixing issues like this even on my own without any problems… for everyone else there is warranty ;)

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thomasjn // Jun 19, 2010 at 14:01

    nicely done :D
    I wouldnt dare splitting my screen apart lol.

  • 2 sshomaker // Jul 1, 2010 at 15:19

    Thanx a bunch for this blog. I was ready to toss my monitor out the window. Now I should be able to fix this issue myself. Your a life saver.

  • 3 Bloody // Jul 1, 2010 at 15:20

    I’m glad I could help, please report after trying to fix it if everything went well…

  • 4 sshomaker // Jul 5, 2010 at 19:15

    The case was a little tough to open. I as very worried that I would break the front frame casing, but with some patience, each tab made a pop sound when freed. After putting everything back together, I turned on the monitor and the result: NO MORE SPOTS YIPEE!!!! Like all my other projects, there’s always that one screw left over.

  • 5 Bloody // Jul 5, 2010 at 21:26

    Great that you’ve also managed to fix the issue this way ;)

  • 6 fabri // Oct 19, 2010 at 04:02

    im having a similar issue with my alienware aw2310 OptX 3d 120hz
    i can see very little stains/ dots , especially when seeing white images ..

    i dont know how to open it thought…
    Do i have to unscrew something?? i dont wanna break it!
    maybe i have to remove the frame by force??

    .. no clue on how to disamble it..
    i would apreciate some help!


  • 7 Bloody // Oct 19, 2010 at 10:15

    Fabri, is is out of warranty? If not better bring it to an official service center, because opening it will not only void the warranty, but if not careful you might as well damage the display in the process of trying to fix the issue.

  • 8 VSquared // Nov 7, 2013 at 07:21

    So I know this post is old, but I have this monitor that was given to me and I’m at that last resort point where I need to remove the light polarizing filter from the monitor. Before I begin to take it apart, when I do get the casing around the monitor off, is there a specific was to lift off the filter. Will it be loose and it should just slide off, or will force and a razor or something be necessary to get it off?! I’m just worried about how delicate or easy this will be to take off to clean. You assistance is appreciated!!!

  • 9 Bloody // Nov 8, 2013 at 13:39

    You can quite easily disassemble it (especially if you have experience opening a display before), no need to apply force or cut something, you only need to be very careful especially no to scratch the light polarizing filters or the LCD panel itself.

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