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Old 03-03-2011, 12:01 PM   #16
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I wonder if a screenshot would reveal the defects or if the screenshot would only show what is suppose to be on the screen?
A screenshot will only show what should be on the screen. We need a photograph of the screen.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:04 PM   #17
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Do NOT even attempt to clean dust off that eInk screen. The slightest pressure could destroy pixels.
Nonsense. The outer screen of the Kindle is thick plastic, and is perfectly OK to clean with anything you'd use to clean a laptop screen with. "The slightest pressure" certainly won't "destroy" anything.
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I don't think the screenshot will show it.

Post a picture up.
Thanks for everybody's help, but I do not have a camera with a high enough resolution/zoom that the spots show up in a picture. Oh well. I'll just assume that it's a normal problem and deal with it. Thanks anyway.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:43 PM   #19
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OR you can call Amazon CS, replace it, and then see if it's a "normal" occurrence
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:44 PM   #20
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Are there any more documented cases of this pixel "dusting?" It is driving me crazy but I'd feel really guilty if I replaced and got a fourth kindle. I'd just like to know if this is normal. If anybody knows where I could read about the pixel dusting more in-depth, that would be great.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:02 PM   #21
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Are there any more documented cases of this pixel "dusting?" It is driving me crazy but I'd feel really guilty if I replaced and got a fourth kindle. I'd just like to know if this is normal. If anybody knows where I could read about the pixel dusting more in-depth, that would be great.
just call amazon.
they've got one of (if not) the best customer service.
If they tell you it's normal it probably is.
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Did you try using the alt-G key combo to refresh the screen? The dots may be ghosts of a previous image. alt-G will clear the screen and reload the current image. It doesn't work in standby mode...
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:21 AM   #23
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Its normal to an extent. Its something that most people won't ever notice. You shouldn't even be able to see it when you're looking for it with the kindle more than a foot away from your face.

This is a picture of my dxg using a barely decent webcam and a 45x pocket microscope, so the quality is pretty bad. Those speckles on the picture isn't fuzz from the picture getting taken. They're actually there on the screen. This is my home screen and I've refreshed it several times before taking this picture. Those dots don't move. I tried to include some font on it to show how close you have to be to see it. The speckles can be bigger than this.


The lower left dot shows up the clearest on here. Just in case someone couldn't find it.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:31 AM   #24
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Yes, it was those speckles that I was referring to when I talked about a "dusting of black dots". I doubt that most people ever notice them.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:48 AM   #25
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Are they getting worse as time goes?
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Are they getting worse as time goes?
Not entirely sure. They did on the last one I had. But those dots that the other person posted do look similar. I bought the extended warranty, so I guess that I'll just wait for a while and see what happens.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:19 PM   #27
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Nonsense. The outer screen of the Kindle is thick plastic, and is perfectly OK to clean with anything you'd use to clean a laptop screen with. "The slightest pressure" certainly won't "destroy" anything.
Really? Then this should hardly ever break or crack. I assumed the screens were made of glass due to the incessant reports of broken screens and the like. Would you know what the Sony reader screens are made from?
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Really? Then this should hardly ever break or crack. I assumed the screens were made of glass due to the incessant reports of broken screens and the like. Would you know what the Sony reader screens are made from?
I'm not sure I'd describe it as 'thick' plastic, but you can certainly clean the front of a kindle screen without much worry.

It's the backplane of the screen that's make of glass. And yes, that can shatter just like all other current E Ink screens.

There have been some plans to create an e-ink screen using a plastic substrate, but I don't think anyone's gone to mass production yet.
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