10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 8, 2009 9:57 PM by upriver
Igotquaked Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've just recently bought my Macbook Pro, with the really cool(or at least I thought it was) LED display screen. However, after staring at the screen for half an hour, I developed nausea. It got so bad, I had to look away from my screen for the next few hours. I tried for the next few days and the same thing happened. I'm on the verge of losing faith with macbooks already. Anyone? Help?

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • 1. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
    This is not a MacBook specific issue. It is a result of the way LED screens are dimmed. LEDs can be either on or off... in order to simulate dimming, they are blinked very quickly at varying rates. Unfortunately, some people are more susceptible to this than others. When the screen is set at full brightness, the LEDs are on full-time. Try setting your display to full brightness and see if you continue to experience the problem. Just about all new notebooks are using LED backlighting now.
  • 2. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    No one else has reported anything like this here, so either you have a unique physiological problem or your particular MBP has a unique hardware problem. I strongly suspect it's the former.
  • 3. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
    Actually... early on after the LED machines first came out... there were posts here and there with people experiencing this problem. Unfortunately, I don't see any resolution short of keeping the display at full brightness.
  • 4. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    sdschramm Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)
    Keep the display at full brightness and then if its too bright, use ScreenShade to "dim" it:

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27646
  • 5. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    civicbud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello,

    I know how you feel. I was Macbook Pro shopping at the Apple Store just yesterday and after looking at both the glossy and anti-glare 17" models, I came away feeling extremely nauseous and disoriented. I am going to go back tomorrow to mess around with just the anti-glare model first, then the glossy to figure out which one would work out best. This unfortunately is not a MacBook specific problem as stated previously and does have to do with LED lights. If you know of some recommendations to overcome the "sickness," please let me know.
  • 6. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    civicbud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So you know, I experimented at length today with the 17" anti-glare model and had very favorable results with it. On two occasions at the Apple Store I used the 17" model typing, web-browsing, movie viewing, picture surfing, etc, and found my motion-sickness and eye-strain no longer present. Hooray! I believe applying an anti-glare aftermarket coating should in theory give you similar results. Good luck with everything! You could always write to Apple and see what they could do as well, seeing that this is a serious medical issue. You never know what could happen!
  • 7. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    upriver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have had the same problem and have posted on it elsewhere (as have others). Unfortunately despite the fact that there is something obviously wrong with the screens Apple is refusing to acknowledge the problem. I have got nowhere in my dealings with them. I'm at the point now where I'm just going to have to cut my losses and sell the machine.
  • 8. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    upriver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Igotquaked - if you are within 14 days of purchase take it back immediately. I spent some time researching the problem thinking that there must be a way to resolve it and subsequently it was 2.5 weeks before I approached Apple. They said that if I had approached them within 2 weeks it would have been fine. Delaying cost me a lot of money.
  • 9. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    civicbud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Updriver, have you tried putting an anti-glare screen on it? I swear I was sick as one could be with the glossy, but felt little sickness with the anti-glare model. I am guessing the after-market films would give similar results.

    -Bud
  • 10. Re: Vomit inducing Macbook Pro(literally)
    upriver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    civicbud - no, I haven't tried applying an after-market anti-glare screen. I did think about it but I decided not to for the following reasons:

    - I haven't experienced the same problems using my parent's glare screen (Acer PC)
    - When I was using the MBP I didn't find the glare screen itself to be a problem (i.e. I wasn't aware of reflections)
    - There seems to be plenty of evidence to suggest that it is the way that LED backlighting has been implemented that is the problem
    - The nausea/eye strain was so extreme I'm inclined to think that reflections alone couldn't be the cause (although it's possible)
    - After-market anti-glare screens do have a cost. It might be just throwing good money after bad

    Good to hear that it has been a solution for you though.