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Snow Leopard 10.6.4 graphic problem

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  • j_still Calculating status...
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    Jul 10, 2010 7:30 AM (in response to legoleg)
    I've heard nothing official but agree that we need a real fix for this widespread problem 'yesterday'....its been a real showstopper for me and my work.

    I did roll back all nvidia extensions to the prior OSX10.6.3 version via Pacifist then permissions repair then fsck routine and now at least OGL apps seem stable again ie no stobing screen freezes & crashes in CS5.....I am still seeing intermittant mixed up image previews in Aperture 3 which did not exist prior to 10.6.4 so I think the roll back is not likely a complete fix.

    Btw: I did try out an install of the latest nvidia mac drivers v19.5.8f03. Although officially for newer cards, unofficially, they will work for other cards...view pkg contents to get to individual installers....the cuda extension caused problems for me, so although the new drivers seemed to work, I decided to stop fooling around and just roll back and wait. ymmv

    can't believe this made it through QA testing
    MBP 4.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 8600M GT
  • pezticyde Calculating status...
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    Jul 13, 2010 6:46 PM (in response to j_still)
    Having the same problem as you all are I believe. Freezes when running flash applications or videos in web browser (safari or chrome). Screen flashes and I lose all control of mouse and keyboard. Forced to hard boot the computer. 8600M GT card. 10.6.4 OS X. Really wish there was a fix for this that was accessible to a novice user
    MacBook Pro 3.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • K24eva Calculating status...
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    Jul 17, 2010 11:49 AM (in response to bareForm)
    I have the same problem after i have updated 10.6.4 , when i work with adobe CS5 screen frezze then i have this screen blinking??
    I did some googling to find out if there was any patches.. i read somewhere that it was Nvidia card drivers !! so i downloaded the driver and install it!! SAME problem!!!
    is there any solution or any fix ? This is turing out to be a PC things which i always hated!!
    I hope we get a update soon!!
    Mac pro 4.1, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • shemphill Calculating status...
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    Jul 18, 2010 9:24 AM (in response to Stauf)
    My late 2009 MacPro is experiencing the same screen flickering problem when running After Effects with OpenGL acceleration enabled. I am in the middle of a tight deadline and have no time for reinstalls to an earlier system, so I am having to operate with OpenGL acceleration disabled in After Effects and Photoshop. Apple needs to get on this fix quickly since OpenGL acceleration is the main reason for designers to upgrade to CS5! Ridiculous!!
    MacPro 2.26 8 core, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 16gb ram
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,545 points)
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    Jul 18, 2010 12:33 PM (in response to shemphill)
    See these articles:

    Why I disable OpenGL in Photoshop CS5 l

    Photoshop CS5 Crashing With OS X 10.6.4 with ATI Radeon 4870 and OpenGL on Mac Pro l

    Update! Feedback I’ve received from one reader suggests that the Photoshop CS5 update has addressed various issues discussed here (since I have NOT had issues, I cannot confirm these claims):
    "The Photoshop update (released yesterday) seems to have fixed everything. I haven't had a single crash. Period. What's more—everything seems way faster to me—including (/perhaps especially) the Open GL features."

    Causing consternation among Photoshop CS5 users, CS5 apparently crashes with the ATI Radeon 4870 video card on the Mac Pro. The problem apparently affects Adobe After Effects as well.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10.6.4 /, Windows 7, Core i7 3.2GHz / GTX 260 / 10K VelociRaptors
  • Paradox Machine Calculating status...
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    Jul 18, 2010 7:25 PM (in response to shemphill)
    Exactly. The only reason I bought CS5 was for 64 bit mode and OpenGL acceleration. I am now working with both disabled at great inconvenience and expense to my productivity. Given that this appears to be solely a driver issue and that the previous driver exists and works, why is it taking so long for Apple to release the patch?
    Mac Pro Early 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Neouille Calculating status...
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    Jul 20, 2010 2:22 PM (in response to bareForm)
    I've seen that 2 or 3 times recently in the same conditions(after a screen sleep) and I am on 10.5.8 Mac Mini NVIDIA GeForce 9400.

    I am just glad it doesn't seem to be a monitor defect or issue...
    Macmini 3,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.26 GHz
  • theBigD23 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 26, 2010 5:49 PM (in response to jacwuhan)
    I don't have the same issue as everyone here, but still a graphics driver issue. I just installed the nvidia gt 120 on my mac pro early 2008. The expose and spaces issue where the windows stutter when moving to expose or to another window in spaces is really frustrating. My new "faster" card is slower than my old ati in expose. I only got it for the display port. I hope this specific nvidia bug is fixed. I may have to then consider an ati card instead.
    Mac Pro 2.8 Dual Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Cornelius H. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 27, 2010 1:14 AM (in response to DYP`)
    Thanks for the solution DYP...
    Tried this yesterday, works perfectly for me. DON'T forget to repair permissions after replacing files...
    I first did forget, and the drivers will not load at all.


    There were a lot more driver-files laying around (even some older *PPC.kext, although I never had my OS running on PPC, it was 10.5 some time ago then updated to 10.6)

    MacBook Pro 15"
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT and GeForce 9400M


    Message was edited by: Cornelius H.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.4), love my MBP
  • filmtvbiz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 27, 2010 2:19 AM (in response to osxtasy91)
    Ot sure that will ever happen. The largest base of macs are the prosumer. Look what Avid did by buying maudio. Apple only offers machines that have server parts but no midrange or non server non ecc ram and the iMac is not a pro machine as you can't add fx cards etc. Apple need to get back to it's base. Forget NBC, bravo showtime. Etc. All the money is in prosumer logic, arts, indie movies yet there are no machines that address the ProSumer at all. It's either consumer or server workstation.

    Time to get back to basics. Peace.
    Macbook Pro, Macbook,, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 10.5.5, 10.4.11 (Target Disk Modes), 10.662, 10.6.3
  • bennyp123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2010 1:37 PM (in response to Cornelius H.)
    So, I took the following steps.
    1) Downloaded the 10.6.3 combo updater
    2) Opened the dmg file in pacifist, browsed (in pacifist) to /System/Library/Extention
    3) Selected the above files and clicked install
    4) After install, repaired permissions in DiskUtility
    5) Rebooted

    I was then greeted by a blue loading screen which flashed a brighter blue every 30 seconds or so.
    To fix the problem, I did the following:
    1) Booted in Single-User mode by holding command-s during start up,
    2) "mount -uw /" to mount the root partition read/write
    3) "mkdir /Volumes/timemachinedrive && mount -t hfsplus /dev/disk2s2 /Volumes/timemachinedrive/" (or something like that) to mount my time machine disk
    4) "mkdir copy && cp -r /timemachinedrive/Backups.backupdb/computername/date/drivename/System/NV* /copy/ && cp -r /timemachinedrive/Backups.backupdb/computername/date/drivename/System/GeForce* /copy/"
    5) "cp -rv /copy/* /System/Library/Extensions/" to reinstall the 10.6.4 drivers
    6) "fsck -fy" to repair the filesystem
    7) Reboot

    and back to awful game performance.

    Any tips to make it work?
    Macbook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.4), MacBookPro5,5 Core2Duo2.53 4GB 9400M(256mb)
  • fekimoki Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2010 8:05 PM (in response to jacwuhan)
    I have the same problem.
    I can't even play Starcraft 2 that I just bought it yesterday Major bummer.

    I tried smc fan control 6000rpm, reapplying 10.6.4 combo, repair permission, repair disk, starting in safe mode. The result: problem still exist.

    It's very sad that the only killer fix is just for pro user that's familiar with kext stuffs from 10.6.3 nvidia driver. I'm definitely not one of them!

    Very frustrating.
    MacBook Pro (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • MuzikJunky Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Jul 29, 2010 1:52 AM (in response to fekimoki)
    I too am having the same graphics performance hit from 10.6.4, but I found that there’s a Mac-specific CUDA driver that you can download from Nvidia if that’s the kind of GPU that you have. I installed it (look at the requirements—my MBP’s GPU isn’t quite the one that’s supported by the app), and it worked beautifully: the significant performance increase was apparent right from the moment the driver finished downloading. Graphic rendering in not just Mac OS X but in Steam-powered games as well were greatly improved. The driver installs a pane in System Preferences that can be updated if Nvidia releases updates. I think that you should check it out: I downloaded version 3.1, which was released on 7/15/10. Hope this helps! Peace.
    2.4 gHz Intel C2D MBP; 1.42 gHz PPC Mac mini G4 DVD±RW, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4 gb RAM, 7200-rpm hard drive, 256 Mb VRAM; 1 gb RAM, 32 Mb VRAM
  • bearboykahlo Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2010 7:19 AM (in response to MuzikJunky)
    Are you sure about that? I was under the impression the CUDA driver was only for OpenCL development and has no effect to the GPU otherwise.
    MBP 17" (2010), MB 13" (Late-2007), Mini (2009), Mini G4, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Clint1459 Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2010 9:10 AM (in response to jacwuhan)
    I am also having this issue, mostly while using AE CS5. Flicker flicker crash.
    2.93x8 MacPro4,1, 12GB RAM, 2xGT120, Mac OS X (10.6.4), FCP 6.0.6, CS5, 7TB Xserve fibre RAID-5
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