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  1. hanonymus

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    Hello all,

    I just got an HTC Desire. The phone has no faults (no dead pixels or loose buttons) except for one: there is a hairline crack between the internal (LCD) screen and the external (glass) layer - as shown below.

    Other than being there it does not interfere with anything. However, I'm worried about this being another case of light bleeding which in time will become associated with dust getting under the screen. So my questions are:

    - should I worry?
    - is this common?
    - is it a manufacturing fault? (I may be able to have it replaced or at least fixed under warranty).

    Any advice is welcome.
     

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    hmm thats wierd cos mine has that and it has ever since i bought it. I dont think its a crack cos mine is like it too.. I have always noticed it but never thought its something to worry about, also my mates HTC Desire has it as well cos I checked when i realised mine did.. I think its just normal to be honest.. Has anyone else got it?? :)
     
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    I believe the two layers of the screen are supposed to be sealed together by the glue/padding between them. (Which is happening on the other three edges of the screen). It's not a crack made by a shock, but it's still a crack, no?
    How long have you had yours?
     
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    I bought it outright unbranded and SIM Free in Ovtober 2010 so I have had it about 6 months..
     
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    but mine is EXACTLY the same as yours and its only at the top edge an no others.. and my mates was the same, so thats 3 Desire's that I like that.. I think its normal, or its a VERY big coincidence lol
     
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    OK, if in six months it didn't become worse I hope it's not serious. Thanks for your input.

    Anyone else having this?
     
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    Nope not at all, its always stayed the same, and I have dropped the phone twice in that time, and its never got worse. I dont think u have anything to worry about mate :)
    -And yes if anyone else has anything to say about this please do :D
     
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    Not sure this is helpful, but I don't think this is normal. I've seen a few desires and never seen one like the photo in the OP.

    Here is mine.... (I don't have this problem, unless I'm missing it?)

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    hmm im really not sure but mine has always been like it and its not cauing meproblems
     
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    A cracked screen causes no problems. If the screen cracks, it is 9/10 times only the glass front above the screen that is broken. All the sensors will run fine. The only problem is that the screen is horrible to look at / through the broken glass. But functionality remains identical, so I wouldn't expect it to cause problems :)
     
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    thats not a crack thats lcd light bleed. it happens on all lcd desires due to the back light
     
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    Thankyou Rastaman-FB thats settled then :) so u mean to say AMOLED Desires dont have a backlight :/
     
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    I left out a piece of info that's perhaps important: the hairline I'm talking about cannot be seen when looking straight at the screen. I have to look at it from "below"; it's only visible at an angle. Not a position likely to occur in normal use.

    Anywhoo, I'd still like to know if other units have this issue.
     
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    As Rastaman has already pointed out, it's just light bleed from the SLCD backlight. The fact that ajh94 has seen another three exactld the same and that it can't be seen in 'Normal' use would also suggest that it's merely a feature of the manufacturing process and nothing to worry about.

    Correct. Light Emitting Diodes emit their own light;)
     
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    I do understand why it occurs. What I'd like to know is if this is normal or not. (others complain about similar cracks, saying it's a fault and that it generates problems). So far it would seem that my symptom is not a one-off case, but one example (or two) does not make a rule. This is why I'd like to hear from more people.
    Does yours have this "feature"?
     
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    Having seen this feature many times before, I'm fairly confident in the diagnosis. you will find it on nearly all LCD screens to a greater or lesser extent.

    And no, mine doesn't have it because it's AMOLED.
     
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    1) like everyone else says, its normal on lcd phones. We actually use this "feature" to help people identify if they have lcd screens

    2) The glass (digitizer) is separate to the screen. It is not glued to it in any way. Rather it is glued to the external case of the desire. I'm sure there will be padding though
     
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    if the crack was further down i would understand it but its not. its about 2mm under the black htc bar and there is no visible crack above it when looking straight down.
    you will even see this behaviour on modern tft monitors
     
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