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Thunder bugs in lcd tv

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Dom Rice, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. Dom Rice

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    I have noticed that the Toshiba LCD I have has got about 10 thunder bugs on the inside of the screen. Is there anyway of getting them out or am I stuck with them? Anyone else had this problem? :lease:
     
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    I'm thinking of buying the Tosh 32WL56 hope that doesn't happen with that model. Must admit its not something you would even think about before buying an LCD but is obviously a real problem if you can't get them out!!!
     
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    The Tosh lcd I have is a small 15inch model. Maybe the bigger ones are better sealed.
     
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    I have one of the buggers inside a Sharp 17" TFT PC monitor, very annoying !

    Mark.
     
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    Am I thick?


    What in thunder **** is a thunder bug???!!! :confused:
     
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    I like to know this to :confused:

    Regards Tulloch
     
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    Very small black flies, known by different names in different parts of the country. Thunder bugs, Thunder flies, Thrips, etc. Usually appear on hot sticky summer days and get behind picture frames, inside watches and anywhere else you wouldn't expect to find them. Including, apparently, LCD Screens :(
     
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    Well explained John. Looks like I'll have to get the screw drivers out to take it apart myself.

    Does anyone think it might be covered on house insurance? No thought not.
     
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    OMG.....I thought I was imagining it.....I too have about 6 thunder bugs inside my Sonix 26" !!!

    Initially I thought it 'they' were dead pixels...thunder bugs no chance...how on earth could they get inside a supposedly sealed TFT module. These guys are somewhere between the backlight and the upper glass.....

    I don't think there is any way to get these little suckers out.....

    Mr Sparkle
     
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    I posted recently that I had eight of them in my 17" Mikomi. Case wouldn't come apart though so stuck with them at the mo.
     
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    I have them in my 17" sony compouter monitor too, they where crawling around inside the panel for a bit, they never go away either :(
     
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    Looks like quite a problem for LCD tvs then. Anyone had them in a plasma display? I would quess not as the gas would escape if the insects can get in.
     
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    Are we actually talking insects here?

    Also, wouldnt they die after a while? - what do they feed on?
     
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    Yes..insects,which can get themselves into amazingly confined spaces by virtue of their tiny size,and then when trapped,they simply die and are virtually impossible to remove.

    Keep getting them in various picture frames etc here,and thankfully not in any part of the HiFi so far.
     
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    I'm sure a while back that someone on these very forums had a spider trapped behind the glass of their new Plasma set! :eek:
     
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    I'll wager that if they have got into picture frames, they'll be somewhere in your hi-fi. Little buggers get everywhere. I even had one in a waterproof watch :rolleyes:
     
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    A few weeks ago when it was really hot, I opened up all my windows and only noticed these little bug things when it was too late! Had thousands of them on every single surface of my kitchen and ceiling. Took hours to hoover them all up and was finding them for days afterwards.

    Will have to be very careful now I've got an LCD TV.

    And now I know they are called Thunderbugs :)
     
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    Yep, I've had that as well in my LG PC monitor. Ended up taking it apart to remove them, was fairly easy to do in this case. Lots of bits, it's just a matter of remembering where everything went. Not even close to a sealed unit, there were loads of gaps. Originally tried using a compressed air canister (air duster from maplin) to try and blow them out but no luck. They were inbetween the LCD screen and the backlight diffuser so it was hard to get the air duster in there.

    Only trouble is there are some more in it again, guess I'll have to take it apart again in the autumn.
     
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    hers some info on them guys...

    http://thrips.ifas.ufl.edu/thripsweb/thripsbiology.htm



    on the other hand i have been rather interested into what another little bug i seem to get on my bathroom window ledge, they look like darker brown tiny versions of woodloce, and I seem to find the odd one, some dead on the windowledge even if the window has not been open, i also noticed these in the same area of the bathroom of my last house, anyone know about these??
     
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    Hi

    you might like this one. I had a similar problem with a LCD TV from LG, they suggested I operate it next to a light to attract the flies out, and that I should also consider closing my windows to stop the flies getting in the house. See reply from LG below:

    LG Help Desk Reply:
    The insects are attracted by the light so one way to prevent them entering the TV is to place a lamp in the area of the TV to try and attract them away from the television. Of course keeping the windows closed also helps but obviously in the hot weather this can be uncomfortable. Yours Sincerely, LG Electronics UK Helpdesk 0870 607 5544

    Laughable or what?
    :eek:
     
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    In my experience (with computer LCD monitors, not TVs) as soon as you see one in the screen turn it off immediately. Don't poke them or try or anything - if they die they're stuck. Since they're drawn to heat and light turning everything off makes the screen a far less enticing place.

    I guess a well placed bright light near the side of the screen might help, but I've never tried it.

    Luckily the ones that got in my expensive screens have worked their own way out - the only dead one being in a cheap screen. But when I get my LCD TV I'm going to have to be very anal about keeping the windows closed :(
     
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    My Sony VAIO S5XP has a couple trapped behind the screen. Can't say I'm surprised considering the way Sony have designed this thing. Apple all the way for me ... this will teach me for buying a PC laptop... ;) Kidding. But they're exceptionally annoying to have trapped aren't they? One day I pray it'll "dissolve" !
     
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    sounds like the adult stage of the woodworm pest. look for holes in your wood.
     
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    I have one of these in my Samsung 930BF.

    This monitor cost me £250. Just rang Samusung and they wont replace it.

    Therefore.....

    AVOID SAMSUNG MONITORS LIKE THE PLAGUE

    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
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    Why would it be samsungs responsibility?
     
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    LOL.

    I had one of these bugs die behind the LCD screen of a fax machine. Eventually though it dissappeared somehow.

    I think you're at more risk if you watch TV in the dark. I have a couple of lamps on in the room, not too close to the TV, and this helps keep the bugs away from the set.
     
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    Maybe because they should have sealed the panel to stop annoying things like flies etc getting into them?
     
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    I've had these in my Samsung and NEC PC monitors. Best thing is as soon as you see one inside, switch off the monitor, they'll soon get bored and find their way out.

    Although the other day I had fun moving my mouse pointer around the screen. The bug didn't like it and moved away from it every time. Sort of like an early spectrum game, hilarious! Took 5 minutes but soon got it to the edge of the screen!
     
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    Hi, I bought a Viewsonic 19inch LCD, great screen for about 10 weeks at which time I too got a number of Thunderbugs crawling around inside. I switched it off, but one of those little guys died right in the middle of the screen.

    I successfully managed to disassemble the screen and wiped the inside to get the bugger out. It was not as difficult as you might think. It took about 2 hours before it was all back together again. My advice is to take it slow, be methodical and label wires you unplug.

    Good Luck - It can be done.

    Stewart
     

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