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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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