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Old 07-09-2011, 10:51 PM
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HELP: There's an insect crawling inside my computer's LCD

How can I get it out? It's about the size of a baby flea. It's crawling upward, to the top of the screen, on top of the "E" at the end of " THE STRAIGHT DOPE." Oh--no, now it's going back down.

If I touch the screen it will move a little, but I don't want to kill it there and have it there forever.

What can I do?
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:31 PM
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Not much you can do, short of taking the monitor apart.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:36 PM
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train it to be useful punctuation.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:37 PM
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Take heart. Its lifespan should be short, like...now...it's dead, right?

Now you have some sculpture inside your display unit.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:45 PM
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Is that a bug or a feature?
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:06 AM
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Bring up a picture of a spider to scare it off the screen.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:24 AM
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name it archy, for the modern era
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:28 AM
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Name it Glitch.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:23 AM
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Once it dies, won't it fall to the bottom of the screen and be invisible?
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:07 PM
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Is there some opening (vent hole, etc.) where you can stick in the little straw nozzle of a "canned air" can to blow the bug out of the monitor? I would presume there is, as the little bugger got in there somehow.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:03 PM
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That's just the new IE9 "Help" icon. Try clicking on it. Or run your debugging program.

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Old 07-11-2011, 01:08 PM
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Maybe your mouse will eat the bug.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:10 PM
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Just hit 'delete'?
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:14 PM
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Your computer has a bug.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:35 PM
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That's just the new IE9 "Help" icon. Try clicking on it. Or run your debugging program.
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Maybe your mouse will eat the bug.
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Just hit 'delete'?
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Your computer has a bug.
Ha. Ha. Ha. Very funny. You guys can joke all you want, but it's still there, in the systray. I though it was dead, but I guess it was just sleeping. Taking a morning walk, now. Heading back up to the bookmarks bar.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:37 PM
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HELP: There's an insect crawling inside my computer's LCD
Shhhh, Not so loud or everybody will want one.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:38 PM
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Once it dies, won't it fall to the bottom of the screen and be invisible?
I'm going to guess no. My wife's previous laptop had that happen almost right after she got the thing. It's still there. She doesn't use the machine anymore, but it still houses a bug carcass in the monitor.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:37 PM
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You can take your monitor apart. It's tricky and there are a lot of tiny screws. When you remove a screw use scotch tape and tape it to the hole it just came from. For reassembly.

The front frame is plastic and kind of snaps in place. A credit card or similar kind of flat shim tool will help to sort of 'unpop' the frame.

Taking your monitor apart is probably the only sure way to remove the insect. Or maybe you could put a little sugar water and hope the bug smells it and comes out on its own. Slim chance of that happening but who knows.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:39 PM
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Are you sure you don't just have the DT's? When was the last time you had a drink?
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:44 PM
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You can take your monitor apart. It's tricky and there are a lot of tiny screws. When you remove a screw use scotch tape and tape it to the hole it just came from. For reassembly.

The front frame is plastic and kind of snaps in place. A credit card or similar kind of flat shim tool will help to sort of 'unpop' the frame.

Taking your monitor apart is probably the only sure way to remove the insect. Or maybe you could put a little sugar water and hope the bug smells it and comes out on its own. Slim chance of that happening but who knows.
If it is an old school tube monitor, be careful with this. High powered caps can be dangerous.


-D/a
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:24 PM
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If it is an old school tube monitor, be careful with this. High powered caps can be dangerous.


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There's actually "LCD" in the thread title.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:27 PM
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There's actually "LCD" in the thread title.
True. And I admit I didn't notice that until just now, when I revisited the thread.

I'll try to save face by pointing out that future people may read this thread and think it applies to them..and that some people don't actually know what LCD versus CRT means. So..um..it was just a random public service.


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Old 07-11-2011, 11:42 PM
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Is the OP certain it's not the cursor?
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:03 AM
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Take a screenshot so we can all see it.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:04 AM
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Is the OP certain it's not the cursor?
Yes of course!!! And I'm NOT drunk!!!

Tonight Mr. Insect has decided to sleep on the "Power Options" icon. If only I could vaporize him with electricity.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:32 AM
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Yes of course!!! And I'm NOT drunk!!!

Tonight Mr. Insect has decided to sleep on the "Power Options" icon. If only I could vaporize him with electricity.
How is Mr. Insect doing this morning?
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:20 PM
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Is that a bug or a feature?
This thread was won in post 5.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:51 PM
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How is Mr. Insect doing this morning?
Seems to have taken a liking to the red "Follow Up" flag icon in Outlook mail. Or maybe he's in his last throes, and it's a call for help.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:59 PM
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Seems to have taken a liking to the red "Follow Up" flag icon in Outlook mail. Or maybe he's in his last throes, and it's a call for help.
If he likes that icon, drag it slowly across the screen to get him to a corner (whichever corner will bug you the least, I recommend upper left or right since most people have the taskbar at the bottom and check the time fairly regularly. Squish, done. He's already in there. He's going to die at some point. Might as well make it in a convenient place that you don't look often, as opposed to him dying of natural causes smack-dab in the middle of your screen.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:16 PM
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This morning he was gone. I guess he got bored with my screen.

Kind of miss him, already.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:28 PM
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This morning he was gone. I guess he got bored with my screen.

Kind of miss him, already.
He's probably moved someplace more fun.

Like your bed.




Sleep tight.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:30 PM
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Sleep tight.
Don't let the...well...never mind...
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:40 AM
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Turn on your laptop, wait for a few seconds and don't be surprised when this flashes on your screen -

[AS/]I'LL BE BACK![/AS]

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Old 07-19-2011, 08:48 PM
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It's about the size of a baby flea.
How do you know this?

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Old 07-27-2011, 06:13 AM
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How can I get it out? It's about the size of a baby flea. It's crawling upward, to the top of the screen, on top of the "E" at the end of " THE STRAIGHT DOPE." Oh--no, now it's going back down.

If I touch the screen it will move a little, but I don't want to kill it there and have it there forever.

What can I do?
Train him/her to spy for you.Or maybe someone else has already trained him/her!
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:48 AM
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Taking your monitor apart is probably the only sure way to remove the insect.
Damn. Came to this thread late, and missed my chance for a nuke-sure way joke. Consider it done retroactively.
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