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There's a bug in my monitor


lula

Senior Member
#1
And not for the first time this week. Thought I'd share this with the class as it can't be just me... I noticed a little thing crawling around on my screen but then discovered it was Under The Glass!!! (Or plastic or whatever they're made from.) Us Brummies call them thunderbugs – you often get them under picture frames. We seem to be plagued with them around here this week. Anyway, I've looked into what to do and it seems the most important thing is not to squash it or it'll be stuck in there forever. Advice is to wait until you can next switch your monitor off and it will crawl out when it is dark and cool. This worked for me! :up:
 

Tom Sound

Active Member
#2
lula said:
And not for the first time this week. Thought I'd share this with the class as it can't be just me... I noticed a little thing crawling around on my screen but then discovered it was Under The Glass!!! (Or plastic or whatever they're made from.) Us Brummies call them thunderbugs – you often get them under picture frames. We seem to be plagued with them around here this week. Anyway, I've looked into what to do and it seems the most important thing is not to squash it or it'll be stuck in there forever. Advice is to wait until you can next switch your monitor off and it will crawl out when it is dark and cool. This worked for me! :up:

That must have been a trippy couple of hours for the little fella! Doesn't Norton Antivirus get rid of bugs? :rolleyes:
 

lula

Senior Member
#5
Ha! I did a bit of chasing it with my finger and a tentative scratch at it. Then I was wide-eyed and straight onto Google. One poor girl had squished hers and now has to look at its corpse every day, frequently mistaking it for a typo.
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#7
we call them midgies :)

Annoying bleeders. You have to hope they find a way out (they don't always) or they just die and you keep a little 2/3mm black blob in your screen.

They're common as anything here due to the corn etc. I have managed to shift them by laying the monitor face down in a car seat (when moving house) and then going for a drive, the vibrations seemed to shift them :)
 

lula

Senior Member
#8
Typo, have you got some sort of alarm that goes off when you're mentioned?

Levi, is the corn field the big attraction? There is a huge field of wheat/rye/similar just across the road from me so maybe that's it!
 

Sunburn

Active Member
#10
Hi Lula, I had exactly the same problem, however i had 5! of them running around, to which 3 died, I sent my monitor back to the manufacturer, although out of warranty I argued that its a design floor that the lcd panel and the emitter is not a sealed unit. They honored this after sending Wikipedia articles on what the bugs are and what they are referred to here i the uk :)

on a more funny point however, they did live within my monitor for several days, and I did manage to train them to follow the mouse cursor! well i liked to believe i did ;)
 
#11
lula said:
Typo, have you got some sort of alarm that goes off when you're mentioned?

Levi, is the corn field the big attraction? There is a huge field of wheat/rye/similar just across the road from me so maybe that's it!

Spider sense.
 

Tom Sound

Active Member
#12
Sunburn said:
on a more funny point however, they did live within my monitor for several days, and I did manage to train them to follow the mouse cursor! well i liked to believe i did ;)

:D What sort of games did they prefer? Driving or shooting?
 

Tom Sound

Active Member
#15
Greg said:
Bugs Life



I'll get my coat, infact, maybe I'll just close DF for that!!! (nod)

oh dear is there a shakey head smiley (nod)

I did think...... Customer - "excuse me there's a bug in my monitor"

...... PC World Salesman - "Keep your voice down sir of they'll all want one..."

:D